In reply to: I think a lot of the problem comes down to all of the siloed walls out there which are causing most of the friction...

There's a certain irony that with the open technology of the indieweb the conversation is relatively closed - at least in the first instance.

I don't use the big silos any more so don't syndicate my content beyond which closes avenues of comment.

I also disabled native WordPress comments a long time ago as I didn't want the hassle of moderating them locally. I had previously outsourced comments to Medium but stopped cross-posting there.

In a sense acts as a comment platform but two-way - others can "comment" on my posts at the same time I can "comment" on theirs via the same social interface. It's actually quite an elegant solution but, for the time being at least, relatively closed.

Part of that is because it is still in beta, with the artificially restricted population that goes with the territory. Another part is that it needs people to have their own blogs (either self-hosted or on but also because it relies on technology that does not, and may never, have widespread adoption despite being a W3C recommendation - webmentions.

So it all comes with a degree of compromise.

We either have to make sacrifices with our behaviour (syndicate to places we may not want to) or limit the avenues of reply.

As I have said in the past, ownership in a wider context encourages greater civility as we are more directly connected to our words. Not always but it's certainly more likely. Unfortunately, most will not follow this path because of the relatively frictionless experience of using the social networks.

We are a long way from an indieweb utopia, and things will have to get radically simpler before we could ever entertain one, but we can keep chipping away at the edges in the hope that more adopt even some of the principles and technology.