"The fediverse is diverse because you can follow anyone from any server. The local timeline plays no role in that and doesn’t even exist in ActivityPub as a concept. Being able to choose a different server has always been about trust for the service provider and rules. I’m fully aware that for some people the local timeline is basically like a Slack or IRC chatroom and for this reason the feature cannot be removed from Mastodon in the foreseeable future, but it was never meant to be that, and I see no reason to add it to an app that targets new users rather than existing ones."https://github.com/mastodon/mastodon-ios/issues/221
Wow 1: this is dismissing one of the core things that makes this place nice and usable, the local timeline and the communities that emerge around it. I guess it makes sense from the point of view of the super generic server with 50k people active that Eugen is maintaining.
Wow 2: "for this reason the feature cannot be removed from Mastodon in the foreseeable future" implies it might be removed from the software as a concept altogether at some point.