Look, there's nothing inherently wrong about an algorithm managing your timeline, but people get hung up on FB/twitter style fuckery and can't get past the adtech mindset that makes those ones so horrible.
Chronological order is an algorithm, after all, as has been pointed out by other people before.
I'd love to see algorithms here! In the spirit of masto/fedverse you could select one you like, and tune it so that it does what you want
Not really a subtoot but your earlier offhanded jokey comment made me think of this @siege
@pagrus i've been thinking I could use a page with "last post from everyone I follow"
@t54r4n1 Or like a timezone shifter, adds 6 hours to your friends' posts to give the appearance they are active at the same time you are
Yeah, this would be pretty neat. It'd be like all the ink people used to spill talking about "agents" back before the whole WWW got completely dominated by ad sites with little holes for "user-generated content" in between the ads. What kind of settings leave you happy, satisfied, and well-informed, rather than keeping you glued to to the endless scroll looking for the next hit in between the ads?
super sekrit club
Want to prioritize long term mufos? Sure, that could be handy especially if you want to give new people a little time to find themselves
How about instances that are new to you? Might be good to give those a little extra scrutiny
Not super interested in sportball? Maybe dial those back a little without muting them outright
Someone you have interacted with a lot posts after being away for a long time? Top of the list