@Ron Ah, OK, thanks…so mostly a “bug report”, as it were.
First off, very strange that the links don’t work at all on Android, as they are just normal HTML links. Maybe there’s something on your Android device that is trying to open them in a Twitter app that you obviously don’t have installed? (If you want to experiment, does the same thing happen if you click on one of the “@so-and-so’s tweet” links in the big block on Tantek’s website?)
As for talk about spam, I said I experienced them as spam, but didn 't believe he intended them as spam, so they were NOT spam.
Right. Sometimes people (like me, in this case) will use the term “spamming” to mean “sending a lot of content that can individually be desired or useful but when present in a large quantity becomes annoying” (also sometimes “flooding”). So while they were not intended by Tantek to be annoying/spam, the end result, as you described, is that for people following him, the posts ended up feeling like spam. (FWIW, this could also be said of when I come through at the end of a day and reply to 10-15 posts and the Timeline seems to be all Smokey ;-) I’m spamming the Timeline with replies—which I do try not to do, but sometimes that’s my only shot at replying…)
You confirmed my suspicion that something is wrong by looking at his profile, which has nothing in it but these recent postings. He has certainly posted many normal postings here in the past, about his long distance running, for example. Did he delete all that stuff on purpose?
A person’s M.b profile page always contains only the last 50 posts or comments the person has made (and unlike the Timeline or Mentions, can’t load more to show earlier ones), so it doesn’t mean he deleted any prior posts, just that he posted so many “Like” posts yesterday to push all the prior posts off his M.b profile page.
It seems like Tantek recently either made some sort of change to his site to start showing those Likes (they make a nice, innocuous display block on his website), or whatever generates his RSS feed broke to start including them in his feed (which I don’t think any person or website using his feed wants to see!). In my professional software-QA-person opinion ;-) I think the solution to this problem is for someone to reach out to @t with the bug report about his recent flood of tweet-Likes and ask him not to include them in his RSS feed (or at least the RSS feed he submits to Micro.blog).
I thought micro.blog would get easier and easier to use. […] Instead it has gotten more and more complicated
I don’t think Tantek’s RSS feed going crazy—or any future instance of someone’s self-hosted, as opposed to Manton-hosted, RSS feed going crazy as they change something on their site, or make a mistake, like when I accidentally hit “Publish” instead of “Save Draft” on a blank post—is an indication that Micro.blog is getting more complicated to use. It just means somewhere along the line outside of Micro.blog, someone/thing messed up, and we just see the results of the mistake here on Micro.blog.
I hope that I’ve understood your concerns correctly, and I hope I’ve provided some useful replies 🤞