*Federation* is the true value behind ActivityPub, and you can get that without it
@boob I am a walking counter-example to your claim of universal preference
@boob email is federated. IRC is federated. Matrix is federated. Git is federated (over email). RSS is federated. People are using all of these things, and none of them use ActivityPub. Any of these alone have been much more successful in their domain than all ActivityPub software combined.
@sir I have yet to see a modern social network that is in any significant way better than Usenet, and in general, they are worse.
@sir Regardless of technical merits, there is value in any protocol that gains sufficient traction. Consensus is the harder problem. You can't federate alone.
@mikegerwitz might does not make right, and neither does being popular. Windows is terrible and Mastodon is better than Twitter, but both Windows and Twitter are the dominant force in their domains.
@sir Federation is one of the few times where popularity is actually important. To overtake the likes of Twitter, we need a sufficient number of users, and enough federated instances to accommodate them. A "perfect" spec is useless if it's not adopted.
Microsoft and Twitter are objectionable on moral grounds. Any replacement is infinitely better, just as a barely-working free/libre program is always superior to a non-free one.
@sir I had to migrate to Mastodon from my years-old GNU Social instance because people stopped federating with OStatus. It didn't matter if ActivityPub was better or worse---I was cut off from the fediverse.
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