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This is a special case because I’m not the person doing the blocking – I’m observing a block made by a friend. So the target account isn’t blocked on my computer, but given that a friend has just blocked it, it’s not wise to show it to everyone in the news feed. - @cinnamon

ahhh. Makes sense. I think that blurring is just.... it feels like a partial solution instead of addressing the larger whole of wanting to be able to say "Hey, I trust my friends judgement. If [specified person here] is blocking someone I want to either be blocking them too, or have some degree of warning or protection re those blocked people"

That being said, sometimes it's nice to have a partial solution when the "whole" is going to be a ways off.

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firefox can do some really clever stuff with bookmarks... - @SoapDog (SurfaceGo)

Oooh. I did not know. I like. Yes. FF bookmarks if possible! ;)

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I hadn't considered how analogous this is to the role many magazines filled @alanz, or even more directly newspapers. Now that you mention it, it's so obvious. This is, of course, ignoring the unique content that both create via their journalists and writers.

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@SoapDog (SurfaceGo) do they have to be Firefox Bookmarks? Could they not be your own internal bookmarking mechanism with some persistence backing it?

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I’m planning on adding some features that should make writing @The Weekly easier (multiple tabs, bookmarks, easy copy and pasting, etc) - @SoapDog (SurfaceGo)

That's awesome. I would have loved it when I started it. Things have changed since then. I'm not sure if my current needs would be valuable to others / Patchfox, but on the off chance that they are, here are the highlights:

There's too much content for me to read. I need:

  • a client with a roots (of threads) only (by default) view
  • I need to be able to sort chronologically (not reverse cron)
  • because of the content and the chronological order i need to keep position in the feed. There's too much history to show it all, and scrolling to where i left off would suck.

Bookmarks are a hugely needed feature. I desperately want them regardless of The Weekly. All those other things would definitely make life easier for me, but the list above trumps all other features for my needs.


@sm-shallot said

On this same thread of intro materials for new scuttlers, @The Weekly is such an excellent compilation of interesting people and posts. I think having high signal collections like this is a great way to introduce people to the network and demonstrate the type of content which is appreciated and useful.

To which @cinnamon replied

It’s interesting that something like @The Weekly has emerged - it shows that there’s a need for some kind of content curation in a social network, but here we’re letting our peers do it instead of an algorithm. I like how often that strategy comes up on SSB - by keeping our networks human-scale we can let humans do a lot of things that they do best instead of trying to solve human problems with technical solutions.

This sparked a number of thoughts.

I created @The Weekly because it was clear to me that, without algorithms to help it was just too hard to be a new person here and see what there was to see. It's the resource I wish I had.

...demonstrate[s] the type of content which is appreciated and useful.

That is a fortunate, or unfortunate side effect. It depends on your viewpoint. It's fortunate if you agree with the things I think are important. It's unfortunate if the things you think are important aren't included and thus conclude that maybe they're not appreciated in Scuttlebutt as a whole.

The Weekly is very much my take on "valuable" content in Scuttlebutt. Right now, the supply of content is limited enough that I think I do a reasonable job of not leaving out too much. I try and include things that look "valuable" to me, even if I'm not personally interested in reading much about them. shows that there’s a need for some kind of content curation in a social network...
by keeping our networks human-scale we can let humans do a lot of things that they do best instead of trying to solve human problems with technical solutions. - cinnamon

I agree that there's a need for something or someone to help you find stuff you might be interested in "here" or help you to even know if "here" is a place that would be worthwhile for you to invest time in.

Cinnamon's comment reminded me of sites like Daring Fireball. The main purpose / value of that site is pointing people to interesting posts the author finds on the internet, with a focus on Apple related things. It's been wildly successful (for a blog) and tons of people consider it a really valuable resource. Not just for the links, but also for the short commentary and viewpoints he leaves on each.

I'm thinking that cinnamon is on to something important. I think that there's an aspect of distributed systems like SSB and the World Wide Web, that makes human powered summarization more valuable, and more needed. Part of it may be that there are simply too many sources providing content, and as a result it helps to have a person with a similar viewpoint to yours spending the time you don't have, to go find "valuable" things for you. I think the reason they haven't emerged in Facebook or Twitter is because of the type of content being posted there. Not because of their centralized nature. I also don't think it's specific to social networks unless you consider the Web or old Newsgroups to be social networks.

The comment about The Weekly being an arbiter of what's "appreciated" is somewhat concerning in its implications, but right now I don't think there's enough content for competition. There'd be too much overlap. Too much duplicated effort for little to no additional benefit.

However, I don't think the network needs to stay "human-scale." I think great bloggers like John Gruber (the guy behind Daring Fireball) have shown that we can have good content curation even with an incomprehensible amount of content. Better yet, as the content increases, the viewpoints increase, and we get room for more than one curator. I would love to see us at the point where one person can focus on curating "distributed software" posts and another could curate "improving community / society" posts.

I know for a fact that there are folks here that could do a better job than me on both of those topics. People who care passionately about them and can really add to the conversation while helping people to find the "valuable" bits.

I can't wait to be at a place where we've got enough content for someone to compete with The Weekly and succeed.


I'd love to hear your thoughts regarding these thoughts. ;)

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Congratulations @SoapDog (SurfaceGo) . This is huge!


oh.... you did it! nevermind.... obviously still catching my way up to the present @SoapDog (SurfaceGo)

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