How do I fix ghost profiles?

Hey, I’ve got my instance up and running and it’s working 99%… people can follow/toot at eachother across federated servers. Media is working and it looks good.

but too many accounts are missing the toot history… some accounts on the same federated server have history and some don’t.

Is it possible to “back federate” and get the past toots? and the follows/followers list?

or is this JUST how Mastodon works?

this is apparently a feature request… Backfill statuses from remote accounts when first subscribed · Issue #34 · tootsuite/mastodon · GitHub