This person's question was answered like 12 times because Mastodon only shows replies from the federated timeline. A lot of the replies are from different domains, so people probably replied to a question they thought was unanswered.

This, and the overhead of finding and following folks, are two of my biggest Mastodon pain points. I usually view toots on their home server before engaging, to see all replies.

@annika I think the multiple answers are an OK trade-off for the overlapping publics benefit of everything not being too connected. very similar things happen on Twitter because the reply is right there and doesn't show full thread context either.

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