Why has mastodon.social gone invite-only two weeks ago? I grew tired of it being used as a hallway, where people enter, make a mess, then move on. It is my home, and I've put a lot into keeping it fast, secure and up-to-date.
Being invite-only means safer timelines, primarily, as trolls and people whose first instinct on a new social platform is to upload their uncensored dick have a harder time getting in.
@Gargron Good call. I totally agree. If you need any more moderators I'd be happy to help out.
@Gargron I thought you were about to close it down completely.
@lerk No, nonsense. Even in a hypothetical I would find someone to hand it off to rather than fuck over everyone who's trusted me with hosting their account
@Gargron I'm pretty sure, you tooted that you at least we're thinking about it :)
@Gargron are there any plans to enable admins to have open registrations but require manual approvals?
Currently the choice is “anyone can join” or “no one can join unless I explicitly invite them”, which is the main reason I haven’t opened up my own instance for others to join. I’m happy to let people in, but I want to vet them first!
I figure that setup could also work for your exact situation.
@bobstechsite Yes, it's planned
@Gargron Same thing happened to me on a much smaller scale.
Opened registration after locking it down post-Tumblr exodus, was away for the weekend. I come back to the local tl full of some rando's porn collect, basically.
No intro, nothing.
Also, same question as @bobstechsite . Would that be difficult or terribly time consuming to implement? Just curious.
@Gargron I totally agree with your decision. This is a flagship instance not the community toilets.
@Gargron Thanks for explaining your rationale. It is obviously your choice as the operator - and I do understand. It's challenging to figure out the correct level of openness - and mechanisms to not have the trolls have too strong an impact.
@Gargron the same can happen when people registers on a federated generalistic instance.
You're only pushing away the phenomena to others.
@Gargron other sollution is to enable forced hiding media and to make manual unhidding
So they can do it too, until the people find an instance that is fine with it.
@Gargron Agree! Pro hard times for hard dicks! 😂
I can't imagine how much bullshit you and your mods have had to deal with on a daily basis from being the first place most noobs go to.
I commend you for this move. Hope it helps. Can you share anything re how you decide to invite? Would seem a laborious task... but worth the effort.
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!