Mastodon's attempts to provide for both public, semi-private, and private posts have resulted in a really confusing #UX, where even experienced users are sometimes unsure exactly what level of privacy is offered by each of the scope options (Public, Unlisted, Followers-only, Direct), and newbies may not even know they exist. This has resulted in all sorts of user expectations not being met. Public posts users thought were private, and vice-versa.
@lanodan true, but that doesn't solve the problem raised in the OP ;)
Even if I'm quite experienced, I still don't understand the difference between unlisted and followers only.
@Elijah__ same. I thought I understood the purpose of Unlisted but I recently realised I have no idea what it actually does. Followers-only seems reasonably clear, but what if someone follows me after I send a followers-only post? Can they now see it? Or if someone unfollows me, can they still see Followers-only posts sent while they were following me?
@strypey I set up my instance for my family to try to get them off of something closed.
After following someone from another instance, I was surprised by the affects that had to the federated timeline for other accounts on my instance.
If hadn't noticed, it's possible that, to this day, my somewhat traditional parents might still be inundated with anthropomorphic cartoon animals and assorted owo.
@sqwishy what were you trying to replace?
@strypey they use whatsapp
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