toots that are private but that can be boosted, but that will "propagate" the private status (and therefore not be publicly accessible)
@CobaltVelvet so it'd be like a private toot that can be booster by people but only the people that could see it first will see the boost ?
@Luna_ like i post one, all my followers see it and can boost it
you can then boost it too and your followers will see it, but it will still be a "semi-private" toot and not displayed on your public profile or anonymously accessible on your profile
technically the whole world can see it, but only if we have a chain of trusted followers between us (of any length)
@CobaltVelvet not sure i get the whole point :/
@Luna_ compared to private toots: my followers can boost it to people they more or less trust
compared to public toots: it won't be publi and impossible to archive/index without being one of my approved followers (or receiving boost), it would block every mass archiving attempt, and i believe reduce unwanted interactions (as someone can't just follow a link and see the semi-private toots)
@CobaltVelvet yeah, still can't really picture the thing
i see how it works it's just idk...
Person A makes a semi-private toot. At this point, only B & C can see it.
C then boosts A's semi-private toot, making it visible to their followers, D & E.
This process can then be repeated by D & E.
Basically, Twitter's main timeline and Mastodon's Unlisted mode, except link sharing is closer in functionality to Private.