your regular reminder that censoring words l*ke th*s is actively counterproductive because it bypasses the filters that people set up for themselves

to take an innocuous example, if i use filters to block the word "orange", and you write "or*nge", you have now ensured that i will see a post that i have explicitly tried to get out of my timeline

@melissasage As I understand it, didn't that technique evolve on Twitter to avoid text-based searches of certain hot-button issues? Like I thought the whole thing was just to avoid reply-guys, which are a lot harder to get around here in the first place thanks to the lack of text search.

@witchfynder_finder yeah. this isn't twitter, though, and we have more than enough other ways of dealing with reply guys since we have competent moderation, mutes, blocks, etc. There's no sense in doing one that breaks post filtering.

also mastodon instances do have full-text search. or so at least i think? idk. radtown doesn't bc ours is infamously broken, so i don't know what it's like on, say,


@melissasage Yeah, exactly.

And if there are instances with full-text search, they aren't using the mainline version of Mastodon unless that feature got added recently. It was specifically left out to help combat that sort of behaviour (which is also why some people try to push hashtags so hard).

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@melissasage @witchfynder_finder (you can only search posts you personally made or personally interacted with prior to searching)

(ours is broken but even if it was working it wouldn't let you jump in somebody's menchies who you've never heard of before)

I may add that text to speech programs get crazy when they read an asterisk like this: * .

@witchfynder_finder @byttyrs @melissasage

@melissasage @witchfynder_finder

I find this weird. From time to time I'd like to engage in "reply guy" behavior (am I right now?), to find people taking about something I care about. I understand there can be a problem with people aggressively replying to all posts on a certain topic (how bad is it?), but don't you generally want to encourage people caring about the same topic to meet?

@solarkraft @melissasage @witchfynder_finder this is one of those experiences that breaks down partially, but not completely, along demographic lines. I have relatively few problems with reply guys unless I talk about something fat-posi that touches on health, and then someone usually catches it on the Federated TL to be a bitch about it. but some people I know are just constantly inundated with combative know-nothings. TL;DR: discoverability is about as much an anti-feature as a feature, and positive or negative experiences of it are highly individual

@solarkraft @melissasage @witchfynder_finder basically: I can see how someone would feel that way, but for other people, strangers finding their posts is about 90% aggravating

@solarkraft @byttyrs @melissasage @witchfynder_finder

> I understand there can be a problem with people aggressively replying to all posts on a certain topic (how bad is it?)

[stares at this forever]

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