Developing Mastodon, I strive to use terminology that is familiar to as many people as possible so as to not put up unnecessary barriers in understanding. For this reason I am happy that we went away from calling posts "toots". It has always been a point of friction for people. Not that I dislike branding, quite the opposite, but in my experience receiving feedback over half a decade, it had a negative effect on the platform for little benefit.

Probably not a lot of people know this now, but Mastodon's web app started out with "Publish". In 2016 a famous YouTuber jokingly offered to support Mastodon's Patreon forever if I changed the button to say "Toot" instead. Needless to say, this was a really early, and not very informed decision. The first glimpse of attention and financial support. As a non-native speaker I had no idea there was another meaning.

I like that I was able to go back to "Publish" in the official iOS and Android apps. It may be less whimsical, and less branded, but after using the platform for such a long time, I'm perfectly happy with a button that just describes what it will do without trying to be cute (not that I dislike cute, I'd never part with our elephant illustrations). I have seen enough "Dr. Doom toots as he pleases" quotes in the first two years of Mastodon to last me a lifetime.

@Gargron Sorry to cut your posts off with a question but will Mastodon have a "repost" button that we can comment on, something like a retweet with quote?

@alternative_be @felipeorleans it was a deliberate decision by @Gargron to not include this. He once posted/tooted about this but I can’t find it. The idea was that it makes the platform more toxic because it causes people to talk about each other instead of with each other

@KeepCool @alternative_be @felipeorleans @Gargron, not being able to quote somebody else makes the conversation more fractured, which is one of the things that I'm not too fond of about #mastodon. There are little bits and pieces dotted around all over the place, and you have to go hunting for them to get the whole picture. Quickly linking back to the original post via hyperlinked quotes makes for a much more cohesive conversation and makes more sense. No toot is an island.

@NatureMC, so we are forced to do this manually and use up some of our allowed character limits simply because Mastodon must be different to Twitter, even though manually sharing a link is essentially doing the same thing, except Twitter doesn't count the link to the quoted tweet as part of the character limit when you retweet something and add your thoughts. I don't understand the resistance to this feature other than “Twitter do it do so it bad” mentality.

@mjwolfe every social media channel is different - it's up to us to choose the ones that fit us.🤷

@NatureMC, where I agree, it seems like the decision was a petty one - at least from what I've read. It would be nice if at least we were given another 100 characters to type with, so we could paste the links counted towards the character limit. Either the or let us attach links in the same way as attaching images.

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