@dublinux like most of Mastodon's toxicity-avoidance design decisions, this breaks UX for legitimate users much more often than it slows down Bad Actors, who just hack around it. The crippled hashtag search is a classic example. Bad Actors can just use a different fediverse app that has the fully functional hashtag search Gargron wanted to implement, but Mastodon users trying to find new friends with common interests are trapped on their own instance. Everybody loses.
You might be right about that. As far as I know mostly this is as a result of Gargron's lead so if he doesn't change it some other dev might 'outflank' him.
After more than a year using Mastodon I find it easy to use and 'understand' some of its limitations and how to 'get around' them but someone coming from Twitter might not view it as favourably as those who have been here a while.
As a result of the design decisions that have been taken I think Masto is very good at reducing toxicity.
> As a result of the design decisions that have been taken I think Masto is very good at reducing toxicity.
Why? There are plenty of other explanations, such as the size and composition of the user base. Or the ability of users to mute and block those they don't want to interact with, a basic feature of the fediverse that existed before Mastodon.
> As far as I know mostly this is as a result of Gargron's lead
Among those of use who have been on the fediverse since before Mastodon, it's well known that Masto dev priorities around "safe space" concerns are distorted by a vocal minority of sociopaths and camp followers, who dogpile Gargron until he caves and breaks the UX to meet their demands.