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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.

@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

@oscoder87
So they can do it too, until the people find an instance that is fine with it.

vulgar humor 

@Gargron

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.

@Inditoot What are you on about? He literaly just did that.

@Gargron

"invite-only"

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.

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