@ralf I'm not sure if you don't understand what you are doing by creating a Top Most Followed list of Ello users, or if you understand but don't care. On the assumption that it is the former:
This isn't about you "stealing content" or anything like that. You have my argument exactly backwards. I post in public here, and any link can circulate anywhere. What you are doing is damaging the social fabric, not some sort of IP rights regime. What Google makes the content searchable, it's useful outside Ello. What you are doing changes Ello on the inside.
It's not that I "don't want to be disturbed, found, contacted." I do want to be found and contacted, but don't want you to make that process any easier than @todd, @cacheflowe and @budnitz decided to make it. I think they have the balance between possible and hard basically right, and I think you have it wrong. Your conviction -- that if my house has windows, it cannot also have a latch on the front door -- makes perfect technological sense and zero social sense.
And denying that you are having a social effect by saying Ello is "All just bits and bytes" is as meaningless as taking physical action that disrupts a community and then saying "What society? It's all just atoms and molecules." The fact that the social fabric is built on a digital substrate does not make it any less social, and thus does not make it any less subjected to the vicissitudes of human behavior; the fact that your surfacing of tacit knowledge is automated does not make it any less harmful. (Probably more, in fact.)
The core of our disagreement is that you want a binary choice -- public or private -- to stand in for a spectrum -- easy to hard. Here's what I want, and what I had until this week: I want a community where anyone can find interesting people, but it's hard, and where someone can share other people's stuff work, but it takes, comparatively, a lot of work. You can't even have that unless most of the profiles and content are public, but you also can't have it if there is an automated process to make discovery and sharing easy.
What's wrong with shello, in other words, is not the technology or the data. It's the mindset it encourages. You don't list users at random. You list the Top Most Attractive of Attention, a social cue that is both ancient and powerful, and creates a kind of prurience your service would collapse without. And you are so deep in this mindset, that I don't think you even see it as a choice, that you assume that all social situations have to be made as easy as possible for the least committed user.
The thing that convinced me that you may simply not be able to see Ello as a community was when you said "if you'd like to follow the underdogs, shello makes it very simple for you to follow folks, who are not popular on Ello."
Can you understand, from my point of view, how horrifying that sentiment is? The people you are talking about, they are not underdogs. This is not a competition, or a game. They have some relatively organic set of choices they've made, and other people have made, and every gets an F/F count as a result, but portraying that process as creating winners and losers, rather than just different kinds of social equilibrium, is corrosive.