Argument Machine

From IndieWeb

The Argument Machine is a post by Derek Powazek describing how Twitter’s UI appears designed to cause and amplify arguments, and lessons from that analysis can be used for better design of commenting/replying/threading systems, including on the IndieWeb.

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    Derek’s post predated Mastodon’s release by nearly three years. Ironically, by replicating much of Twitter’s user experience, Mastodon has in many ways also replicated its Argument Machine effects, except distributed across more servers.

    I’ve witnessed numerous otherwise rational, well-intentioned individuals write reactive posts on Mastodon, exactly what the Twitter-like interface encourages. Quick emotional responses rather than slower, more thoughtful posts and replies.

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