mastodon dev considering to switch away from 'toot' because it is not serious enough.

Quite some interesting back and forth 🍿 for example the fact that the origin of toot lies in that eugen got challenged by hbomberguy to use it in return for patreon support lol

Although I always found it a slightly cringey word, I do think it adds much to the culture, lore and attitude of the project. I honestly think the slight cringe is way nicer than going the route of generic-acceptable-open-source-aesthetic like NC, Mattermost etc which are just so profoundly bland and un-fun? Would be sad if Mastodon becoming enterprise ready means it loses its own (visual) language.


btw our hometown instance already removed all references to toot (that is part of the hometown mods..)

and here is the thread with hbomberguy:

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@rra why did hometown erase "toot" from the interface?

@entreprecariat To have more of a 'blank slate' for instance admins to customize and make it less mastodon-y and more fediverse-y:

@entreprecariat I always have to think about the big button which says POST is a really good anagram for STOP, which stops me at least 50% of the time from posting things :doge:

@entreprecariat @rra I use the French localization of the LURK hometown instance, and it still uses "POUET" so did the hometown cleaning was only for the English UI? I would vote that the much superior 🥖 "POUET" 🇫🇷 becomes the mastodon standard for all languages. No more toots, problem solved :)
(suggested background music for this thread contribution: La Marseillaise)

@rra It's interesting to me that some people were unaware of the connotations of the word "toot" with bodily functions. I guess my bubble is more bubbly than I thought.

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