It’s very interesting to catch up on the Mastodon attitude toward “Quoting” (see: Cage the Mastodon, and @lexi here: https://octodon.social/@Lexi/100530964468843799.) When I was at Twitter I definitely favoured it: A device to add context on *why* you were sharing something, and a way to start new discussions on a tangent. Encouraging the posting of counter viewpoints also seemed positive, since Twitter has a big echo-chamber dynamic.
It’s refreshing to see mechanics like this reconsidered.
Maybe partly on Twitter it seemed more appealing because there was a large class of “impersonal” accounts operating on the network and seeding news from outside: News organisations, officials, etc. Quoting commentary from such entities feels different from picking apart an individual.
I wonder if there should have been more distinction between “posts” and “comments” — could have distinguished between sharing original thoughts (roots of conversation) vs people’s direct interpersonal discussion.
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