The search is a good start, I think. Can you point me to why a centralized search is frowned upon? I get that centralization is something we are trying to avoid, but in this case it seems useful. Are there other arguments?

@ewb As far as I remember, many of the early Mastodon users were actually quite averse of discoverability. There were a lot of experiences of abuse powered by attackers being able to easily delve into the past, or dig up connections, or pile on targets as a group.

Not all of the design decisions in Mastodon were useful in that regard, but there was a lot of discussion on search and quoting in particular.

(Maybe there should be some kind of history project on that...)


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