Comments on "What is your principle Fediverse stream?" poll.
1. Self-selected response polls are all but statistically useless. Don't take results (or analysis) as representative. Sample size has little to do with representative accuracy. (Random or stratified random sampling is much more accurate.)
That said this suggests some usage patterns.
2. I know fitting multiple options to a single choice sucks. My own usage fits the poll poorly too.
Speaking of my own usage ...
3. Poll results are all but completely unlike my own usage. I usually have 3-6 columns visible:
1-3 pinned lists
The "Browse" (?) column
Obviously, I'm using the multi-pane view.
Public timelines are rarely visible.
Hashtags may occasionally be pinned.
From responses, 94% of you don't do anything like this, instead following Home, Local, or Federated timelines.
I'm suspecting that most users:
Simply use the default layout.
Aren't aware columns can be aadded/removed, rearranged, or pinned.
Aren't aware that List and Hashtag colums can be pinned.
Aren't aware of Lists.
Have found Lists too cumbersome, possibly not discovering simpler management interfaces.
This suggessts usability, discoverability, and possibly evangelism or documentation opportunities.
@mdhughes You can add additional hashtags to a colum from their context menu, once it's been pinned. Recently posted a screenshot over here: https://mastodon.infra.de/@galaxis/105000768690486925
This seems to create a separate hashtag search for each one listed there, and combines the results and filtering clientside.
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