So what's the deal with the visibility of followers on #Mastodon? I can see the total number of followers of people, as well as the total number of people they follow. But when I click to see the list I only get a handful, and sometime straight out an empty list.

Is this by design for privacy reasons? (which I'd understand, although it's weird it's, AFAICT, not tunable) Or is it an unintended bug?

@zacchiro something something the federation of the data, if you go to their full profile page on their home server do you see them all?

@zacchiro eg: when I click on you or anyone I get "Information below may reflect the user's profile incompletely. View full profile"

For you, you have 321 followers, but I only see 8 listed in my view within my account, but if I go to I see them all (well, I haven't counted to verify, but, it *looks* like 321 ;) ).

@Greg @zacchiro I _think_ one sees, via one's own mastodon instance, only the followers who're also on one's own mastodon instance?

But I can't point to a source for that assumption.


@liw @zacchiro spot checking you two, that seems to check out.

@Greg @zacchiro Being on an instance with one user, I only ever see myself in someone else's followers.

@Greg @zacchiro Mastodon has a setting "Who you follow and who follows you will not be shown on your profile" that is per-user, though.

I have no idea about other fediverse software.

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