(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.
(6/6) We will fix this. #pixelfed
Very glad to hear....
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