@farscape1 I like what you are doing, please continue. I appreciate your courage in asking.
I agree about the trust issue. We are not just in technical beta, but also the beta of building community culture in Ello. This is not a trivial task. In fact, it seems like the "slow art" of building an extremely accurate ship model, which will become a beautiful object, a work of art - in this case, a work of art created by a group of people interested in MetaEllo.
I don't know where I saw it, but somebody said, "Ello can be whatever we want it to be." Reading that encouraged me to post things important to me, and not just images. I appreciate all of the original work and especially the images, but not all of us express ourselves that way. Ello as it is now has a bias toward the visually sophisticated. I share that visual bias, but expect that it will change, on Ello, as there are other modes of expression.
What I want is a community where the sense of competition for it's own sake is at a low level, and people are encouraged to share what represents them in some meaningful way, not just re-cycled, pre-curated stuff. I want intellectual stimulation without making judgments of other's intellectual capacity, motivations, or mental health. At least not posting them.
As a professional with a private practice, I had diplomas on the wall, but if somebody seemed overly impressed, I reminded them of what the Wizard of Oz said to the Scarecrow: "I cannot give you a brain, but I can give you a diploma". Appropriate amounts of humility are welcome reminders that we all have limitations of one kind or another. (I am innumerate, for example. Don't ask me to do math, or even arithmetic which involves long division).
I am a Quaker, uncomfortable with hierarchy, especially formal hierarchy; authority issues are part of who I am. I wish to speak from the heart, and to listen without judgment, but I get riled up when somebody closes out conversation, insisting that their version is the only truth.
My belief is that we should express ourselves, (within the rules, and not destructively) in whatever way works for each of us. I agree that comments which consist only of emojis or 2-3 words may seem sterile, at worst, but it is easy to scan over them and they are better than "crickets" (meaning no other sound of life). Comments that I hope for indicate that somebody is really listening to what I say, whether or not they agree, or even like what I am saying. I want to be visible, or audible, or somehow recognized, both for what I have in common with others, if that is the case, and for ways that I am different. Hence the avatar of the fingerprint: we all have them. They differ.
I wish I could "reply all". This conversation is relevant to my interests.