Okay so tumblr is banning rotating cubes saying it's porn and facebook banned saying "i'm gay" saying it's sexual solicitation and Twitter always seemed like it could disappear at any moment

I feel like we need to be getting ready for Mass Migration to Mastodon, which means we need to fix anything that keeps Mastodon from being usable, and there is in fact something that keeps Mastodon from being usable, there's one specific thing, it's this:


The lack of an account migration idiom on Mastodon really is fatal, it is sincerely a thing that keeps me from recommending Mastodon to people. The witches.town evaporation to me was kind of like a disproof of the fediverse and I feel like maybe the fediverse dev community should have treated it as such. There needs to be a way to recover your account, "toots", and follower network if one instance goes away.

@mcc There IS technically a way to backup your instance data beforehand, but if the instance goes down then :man_shrugging: that's just one of the fundamental struggles of a platform like this.

@Senil888 that's not gonna help with follow networks though, is it?

i mean, as an engineer, i don't really take "you can't do that" as a real concept. if the parameters of the problem make a thing you need impossible then you need to either think harder and make *sure* it's impossible or you need to change the parameters of the problem

@mcc You can't guarantee that your followers will follow you to the next instance either way - what if that instance doesn't grant them the same topic breadth that they want to experience? It's a fundamental flaw of any decentralized network like Mastodon because of the structure. Mastodon isn't a Twitter replacement - it's a different entity that just so happens to function very similarly to Twitter in some aspects.


@Senil888 "what if that instance doesn't grant them the same topic breadth that they want to experience"
Eh? How would one of your follows moving to a different instance affect the "topic breadth" you experience?

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