Trending hashtags legit had risks of abuse. But they're only a lens over toots that are already in the FTL, over which plenty of mod tools are available, and you could even make pre-screening necessary for trending. Instead the discussion became about how nobody really wants this feature and I'm just "pulling off wings from insects for fun".
@Gargron And while I don't have a side in this, I do think it was needed to find other solutions than just removing the feature.
While I trust you care about these issues, there's eventually be a fediverse server that tracked the trending hashtags from their view of the fediverse because there are people who want. And you need ways of dealing with that.
Stripping out features and expecting them never to be implemented isn't politically possible here.