(1/6) Was recently contacted by someone who mentioned the trending feature has changed the way they use Pixelfed.

(2/6) They find themselves constantly checking like counts and trying to get on the discover trending page by engaging in like-for-like behaviour that is prevalent on other platforms like Instagram.

(3/6) When I designed the Trending feature, I did not consider the implications of ranking content by like counts.

(4/6) I've observed that most trending posts on pixelfed.social belong to a small group of accounts with many followers, making it harder for other users to appear on trending.

(5/6) Pixelfed cannot be a better and ethical alternative if it ignores the gamification and FOMO dark patterns found on popular platforms.

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@dansup mastodon has a solution whit the rags, where tags trend based on how much of a change there is and not in terms of how many if I underdtand it correctly.

Maybe something similar is possible for pixelfed

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