Idea: enabling "quote tweets" in Hometown but only for accounts that are self-identified as bots (aka the Service actor in activitypub). That way you're by definition not using the feature to dogpile on a person. There are so many times I want to surface some cool bot content but with a little commentary or context.

Note that this is just an idea, not a plan for Hometown. Curious to think what others think of it.

@darius wouldn't this require coordination across pinafore, tusky, etc? or could it be done fully server-side?

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@technomancy it would only render on Hometown and otherwise degrade as a URL at the end of the post

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@darius "render on Hometown" meaning people who use the mastodon frontend as their client?

it seems like a neat feature but I'm not a big fan of the mastodon frontend personally so even if i were on hometown i wouldn't use it. it's a shame that kind of thing is so much work to implement in a way that everyone could use it.

@technomancy @darius I think quote tweets have always been a frontend feature. but on Twitter, obviously, 99% of people use the same official frontend.

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