Comments on "What is your principle Fediverse stream?" poll.
1. Self-selected response polls are all but statistically useless. Don't take results (or analysis) as representative. Sample size has little to do with representative accuracy. (Random or stratified random sampling is much more accurate.)
That said this suggests some usage patterns.
2. I know fitting multiple options to a single choice sucks. My own usage fits the poll poorly too.
Speaking of my own usage ...
3. Poll results are all but completely unlike my own usage. I usually have 3-6 columns visible:
1-3 pinned lists
The "Browse" (?) column
Obviously, I'm using the multi-pane view.
Public timelines are rarely visible.
Hashtags may occasionally be pinned.
From responses, 94% of you don't do anything like this, instead following Home, Local, or Federated timelines.
I'm suspecting that most users:
Simply use the default layout.
Aren't aware columns can be aadded/removed, rearranged, or pinned.
Aren't aware that List and Hashtag colums can be pinned.
Aren't aware of Lists.
Have found Lists too cumbersome, possibly not discovering simpler management interfaces.
This suggessts usability, discoverability, and possibly evangelism or documentation opportunities.
There are about 20 respondants who principally follow lists and maybe 10 who follow hastags. I'd like to know how and why these people came to use these options.
For the 94% following Home, Local, or Federated limelines: are you aware of the ability to redefine & rearrange streams?
@dredmorbius I've been aware of the rearrangement option for awhile, but dang me if I can remember how I discovered it or how to do it.
To repeat what I've probably said elsewhere, the most glaring oversight in Masto along these lines is the lack of anything like Groups (G+ Communities), where the content can be moderated separately from the instance's moderation, or even circles (lists serve the incoming function of circles, but not the outgoing -- which was never properly implemented in G+ anyway).
@dredmorbius @woozle @bhaugen
Guppe could and should have moderation and privacy options, I just haven't gotten to it yet. Currently rewriting the AP core code into a modular, tested library over at https://github.com/immers-space/activitypub-express, then will port Guppe over, and then it will be possible to add new features safely & easily.
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