@jkb I actually don't agree with this purely for the reason that making Mastodon seem like a viable Twitter replacement without asking users to also drop all of their tweets, content, followers, etc makes Mastodon more likely to succeed as a mainstream project rather than a relatively fringe one.
@aredherring Posting the same content on multiple places is fine, it's automatic mirroring that irks me because it has basically no value unless you follow the link and go to Twitter
@atrus Manual cross-posting means you select the content you want to share elsewhere, and you may add a bit of effort on top of that (captioning pictures or adding content warnings). Automatic mirroring is indiscriminate and will happily copy everything regardless of relevance.
My complaint was triggered by a toot that was a simple "RT some @ Twitter", including a single image, uncaptioned, uncommented, vague in context, with a broken link as the original tweet was deleted in the meantime.
@jkb other then the broken link due to deletion -- the original was probably just as vague and confusing. That sounds like the system working as designed.
That does make me wonder if cross-post tools need a way to detect and react to deletion though.
(blaugh, sorry about the re-writes, mobile typing)
@atrus As someone suggested in the replies: the ideal would be an actual gateway between Twitter and the fediverse, something that would allow an actual interaction instead of having only a snapshot copy of some content. It's extremely unlikely this will ever happen, though.
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