@matilde @gargron I agree! One of the first things I realized upon moving to Mastodon was what a mistake "retweet with comment" was. Not only can it be used to make fun of people, it also encourages rebroadcasting things you disagree with...which is so backwards when you think about it...!
The thing that was getting me down the most on birdsite, I think, was good people retweeting harmful things, even if it was to complain about it.
@Lexi @Gargron @matilde This is actually one of the things I *miss* from Twitter. Not because I think any of the problems you address don't exist, but sometimes, I very badly want to add a personal observation. I think it's a very human thing to want. No one ever shares a story verbatim without adding a personal touch to it. If someone has written a joke, it can sometimes be enhanced by the next person. There are many scenarios where it's not harmful to have such a feature.
@codesections @Gargron @matilde @Lexi I feel it's throwing the baby out with the bathwater. I want some means of sharing a toot while also sharing the reply I wrote to it. People don't bother to tap an out-of-context toot to see what I was replying to (too much hassle if you're just scrolling through your feed), so I need a way of putting a part of a thread on their screen.
@matilde @Gargron I'd like to object to that: Rebroadcasting things you disagree with in a framed way is important for discussing/ pointing out things you find wrong with an explanation to your followers.
There are some things I don't discuss with the original posters (e.g. I don't discuss with nazis), but I still want to educate people about their manipulative arguments or lies.
Even more important, criticism and the object of critics are a single unit.
How should I deal with the described posts then? I see that the possibility of commenting a post publicly *enables* abuse, but in the end it matters of *how* stuff is commented to make it abuse or not. Furthermore, I'd prefer to "that thing @ foo did is bad" instead of "@ foo is bad (as a whole/ as a person)"
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