toots that are private but that can be boosted, but that will "propagate" the private status (and therefore not be publicly accessible)

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yeah that would be perfect actually. i'd use that all the time. i'd have made it the default from the start even

@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)

@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...

@Luna_ @CobaltVelvet I can see the benefit. You have that extra layer of security while simultaneously being able to get the word out on important stuff.

@Luna_ @CobaltVelvet A has followers B & C. C has followers D & E.

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.

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