To be more transparent about server blocks, I have decided to follow the example of others and publish a list: https://github.com/Gargron/mastodon.social-misc/blob/master/README.md
That list is now linked from our about page. It also explains how different block severities work.
You might notice that bofa.lol is on the list. It's at the very least a temporary measure because our mods had to deal with a lot of problematic content coming from that place yesterday.
@Gargron it might be kind of neat if the Instance objects in the API could include things like the block list and a sanitized HTML version of the code of conduct, etc. so clients could build in inspectors for that stuff. (I'm thinking having a little "Code of Conduct" button on a client's posting UI, for example, might not be a bad idea.)
@Gargron can we get instance block tools like we have on reports? Notes, and maybe a timer for less permanent blocks, like a timeout if local drama floods other timelines?
@Gargron is there at least a threshold of % of users contributing to harrassment that should be met before a big ol muting? or like, how recurring the harrassment is?
this instance-wide-muting measure is seemingly extremely heavy-handed when this appears to be the first offense - and both sides claiming harrassment via various means
@Gargron bringing up rape accusations brought up against Laurelai is not misogyny, It's demanding accountability for abuse
@stuxnetsource @jizzwitch @Gargron @ster @computerghoul Excuse me for not finding the accusation of "reactionary" to be slanderous. Nor do I find "making a case" to be a terrible activity, since it is what you are doing right now.
So the only meaningful activity you're referencing is that @firstname.lastname@example.org repeated the allegations against you, which you are now trying to construe as "slandering critics"
This is nonsense and you know it.
@jizzwitch @Gargron @stuxnetsource @ster @computerghoul My god Eugen. It's very obvious you have a grudge again the bofa instance now. You really just going to believe anything people tell you about them? You spent 2 days talking about "accusations are nothing without proof" and someone pops up and throws accusations and you're like, "word?"
Hi it's me arthurs friend we talked the other day about instances and comics, I cannot cautioun you strongly enough against taking Laurelais accusations at face value, if you want to DM me I would be happy to explain but suffice to say she is Not Reliable at all
@stuxnetsource @ster @computerghoul @Gargron
@Gargron @stuxnetsource @ster @computerghoul hi eugen i asked laurelai for some proof that people were threatening her wtih the police and she linkedme to this toot, which is not remotely the thing she claims it is
if this aint proof shes acting in bad faith and trying to get you to issue sanctions against bofa because we tell people about the accusations against her, you're blind
@Gargron you do realize that stuxnetsource is a serial rapist? like it would take 10 whole minutes of research to figure this out.
she was unhappy with the moderation decisions of selfagency and decided to go on misinformation campaign like she does everytime she doesn’t get her way
and your taking what she says at face value
if there is any /real/ evidence to substantiate her claims i would love to see it bc as far as i can tell there is absolutely none
@Gargron the instance moderation tools need some love. Basics like local notes and a timer for the block like filters. A great advanced feature would be to show a list of the instance admins and options to start a DM with them, or even an api backend to share moderation notes between local and remote instances.
Moderation and blocking is important, but we could stand to support some dialog between groups at the admin and moderator level!
@ramsey I don't think shared server blocklists are a good idea. It's better for every admin to examine the accuracy of the decision, otherwise something like the Randi Harper situation can happen again but on a much larger scale.
@Gargron I’m unfamiliar with that situation, and I can’t find any news source on it that’s not Breitbart or related in some way to the alt-right. 😔
@ramsey Right. Randi Harper made the original ggautoblocker which was promoted as a way to block gamergaters on Twitter. It was quite necessary and I used it myself. However apparently later on she added trans activists she didn't like to the blocklist on the basis of disagreement. So those trans people were suddenly blocked by most of Twitter. That's the danger of someone else managing a shared blocklist.
@Gargron Oh, I see. This was the crux of what happened with wilw yesterday, then. Yeah, I get that. I don’t necessarily mean a way to use a blocklist managed by someone else, but more like a way to export/import blocklists, so I could download yours and import it and choose which ones to keep and which to remove from the block list. Maybe it’s not necessary, but it would help new admins setting up instances, so they don’t have to enter lots if servers to their initial list.
@Vopo Again, I was not suggesting that I would cede control to anyone. I wasn’t recommending a feature for someone else to control my server’s blocklist. 😀
Server run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!