Something that frustrates me, especially ad an instance admin, is search.

I feel like my little instance is cutoff from huge swaths of the rest of the fediverse because
search almost never offers anything useful. I’d expect to be in heavy use but I see five toots.


I don’t get it. *sigh*

@DylanTheThomas Agreed - i want to use search to find new people with similar interests, but it seems like the weakest part of federation.

@snipejaeg You know, polyamorous folk take all this care to put together visual maps of constellations of people, including sexy comets, reference venn diagrams, etc...

I say we dump a couple thousand polyamorous people into various fediverse connected instances and let them create the "one true map" which will allow us to add a single server which will grant access to all servers.

that's how federation works right?

@DylanTheThomas @snipejaeg Not really, unfortunately.

Let's say there are 100 users on and 100 users on (approximate). If you follow me, the only posts that will be sent from this instance to yours are my posts, posts by any other users will not be sent (unless I boost or reply to them). You'd have to follow every other user on to get all of our posts sent to you.

You can set up a bot to do this, for example has @federationbot. However, many people view these bots as annoying, intrusive, spam, and even malicious in some cases.

The other solution is to sign up for a relay. For example, you could sign up to and get the posts of all instances signed up there. This solves your problem to an extent, as all posts of all users on those instances will be sent to yours, not just the posts of the ones you're following.
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