@bep We'll certainly discuss it. This is the first time we've been hit by a bot attack on this scale.

I never thought I'd see the day when a report came in and I thought "Oh, thank goodness, it's only porn".

Thank you all for your help in reporting the spambots. We think we got all of them, but if we missed some, please don't be shy about reporting them. We'll handle them as soon as we see the reports.

@CapMisson @Gargron We've tried this in the past and it causes some very weird issues with federation; rewriting the code to allow it is possible in the future, but it's not on the developers' shortlist right now.

"What makes an image NSFW, according to Yahoo[/Tumblr]?"


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FYI: mastodon.social users may not have an avatar (user icon) that's not safe for work. We can and do remove these avatars. If your avatar is NSFW, please replace it now with something NOT NSFW. Thanks!

Hot tip: Unlike Tumblr, if you click on a post, you can see the entire thread it belongs to. You don't have to go digging through endless reblog trees to figure out who's said what on the subject - it's all right there. So if you join a conversation, it's a good idea to check the thread and make sure you've got the full context for what's going on - you're rarely in danger of missing a post because it's down someone else's reblog rabbit hole.

@dextromethorphan We have 300,000 users and you think I'm subtooting you specifically? You're a weird kid, Jasmine.

New users, since it's come up: please remember that Mastodon is not a corporate entity like Tumblr or Twitter. The specific server mastodon.social, in fact, is owned and operated by one person, who sets the rules for the server. If you don't like the rules here (which you can find at mastodon.social/about/more ), there are many, many other servers on the fediverse - each run by an individual or group, some of them running their own software! - that might be more to your tastes.

@dextromethorphan If you give me their usernames, I'll be happy to look up why they were suspended.

@dextromethorphan As for freedom of speech: I'm not sure where the meme that because you're free to speak, you're entitled to a specific platform came from, but you're certainly not entitled to an account on mastodon.social. No one is. Otherwise we'd have to allow the child porn you're so angry that we "don't ban" (once again, we DO).

@dextromethorphan You're welcome to criticize the moderation, but you're also wrong. We ban child porn on sight; this has always been our rule. HOWEVER, I can't possibly see every post on this site, so if nobody reports someone who's posting child porn, I don't know they exist to ban them.

And I, at least, haven't suspended anyone for using slurs. At most I've deleted posts and removed their ability to post to the public timeline.

@louisoft01 I'm a moderator of mastodon.social, talking about mastodon.social to the new users of mastodon.social. Not every post is about you. ;)

If you have a problem with another user, please report them and explain the problem instead of encouraging other users to dogpile them. This isn't Tumblr or Twitter; there are actual moderators here who will try to handle disputes.

@CM_noelle a note for other people clicking on this: you should try to get your preferred name on another instance!

Quick note, because I've seen a couple requests: We can't free up inactive usernames for others to use. If someone's got your preferred username, I'm afraid there's nothing we can do about it.

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