I guess it bears repeating. Bluntly this time.

If you're going to send a follow request, please do something with your Mastodon/Pleroma/Whatever profile. No activity on your instance account looks fishy. 🐟 I'm just going to cancel it outright if that's the case.

I know I'm not the only one on the Fediverse that feels this way.

Related: I've found it's difficult for people using our project's privacy features to make friends online because the profile looks completely empty to random observers. Others can't see the richness of the profile and activity unless they're connected with it and if they're using a psuedonym, there's no way of knowing it's one of your best friends IRL and may have been on the fediverse actively for years.

It's an interesting little problem.

@mike Well, if it was a best friend, they might be willing to send a private message or engage in some sort of way. Most of these seemingly empty accounts that send requests don't. I guess if you know that people aren't going to identify you off the bat, you might want to say hello or something. Kind of like when someone knocks on your door. You ask, "Who is it?" Ideally, the person knocking identifies themselves. If not, . 😉

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