Was talking about Mastodon with an old-school sysadmin guy. We reached the realization that defederating from instances with no/bad moderation is essentially the same thing as blocking open relays back when you ran your own email server: open relays always end up getting used for spam, you block 'em to protect your users.

Email was and still is the first federated social network, so it already faced a lot of the same problems; we should study its solutions (and its failures).

@dolldolldoll i keep an eye on the domains other admins i follow block, and tend to block them too. mastodon makes it pretty easy thankfully

@dolldolldoll i don't follow it too closely, but apparently they're switching to mastodon for their infrastructure, and a lot of instances/apps are blocking them completely

i wish i had gotten around to doing a mastodon client so i could block gab from it

@measlytwerp @mike moderation for the instance's code of conduct is fine imo, but going so far as to block your new account instance-wide seems a bit shitty

@dolldolldoll @Andrea i basically don't get wrist pain at work any more. had to fork out $$$ for my own equipment but the result was definitely worth it

@Andrea @dolldolldoll i have this keyboard at work too! (i don't use the mouse though, i have a much comfier logitech mx vertical)

Despite being free software, Mastodon as a project takes a hardline stance against nazis


The covenant has been added approx. one month ago so that for the first time in Mastodon's history, our project could make "no nazis" a part of our branding.

i was burned out by the birdsite and abandoned my account there a couple of years ago.

when i found out about mastodon i joined up with .social and read a lot more about what federation was and how it works. i thought it was a great way to have a birdsite alternative without any corporate bs. now it feels so much more than that

i've always tinkered around with my own blogs and servers, it seemed only natural to start my own instance, and here we are!

hopefully years more of it

Hi! If you're reading this, please ask yourself "Why Are You Here?" - let's start with the instance you're on, and expand to mastodon. do you prefer this federated, self hosted model? just trying something new? tell us all.
You can read my and many other responses over at #WhyAreYouHere.
I'd love to read yours.

i was hoping to have a lot more energy and get more people on the instance after the election. now i don't really want to think about at all 😔

i really don't like whatever they're doing to the buns at :maccas: because eating a big mac is way too buttery now. get this brioche shit outta here!

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