Like it or not, @gargron is right. Showing vulnerability is easier when people literally can’t quote-post anything you say to throw people at you. And that design visibly shapes communities and heals people

@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.


@thor @matilde @gargron Good point. I'm not sure it's worth it for the bad it can bring, but others might feel differently. Heck, if it had a content warning each time (maybe optionally, like the "mark all images as sensitive" option), I probably wouldn't mind as much.

@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.

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