Watching my own behavior with interest as I engage with a new platform. Noticing that I process "noise" differently here than I would on Twitter or Facebook. In fact, it's my inability to process "noise" here that makes me see things I might not otherwise see -- people I might not otherwise see. The disorientation is good for me, I think.

Hard to not feel excited by the happy slew of great folks I'm seeing in my notifications here ❤️

Part of the reason I'm so seriously considering the prospect of a separate webspace for a Mastodon installation is the prospect of a space where you don't have to block.

Obviously, you don't want to allow people to troll or spew bile. But that should be a community standard. The whole community should stand against abusers, and we shouldn't have to block those abusers from our space.

How do we build a community where positive dialogue is an expectation, not just value-added? @Jessifer

@sim You should realize that an instance is my private property, just like your home is yours.

Trying to imagine this not as a public square but as a block party, an interconnected web of private house parties. I get to decide who I let into my party and who I ask to leave.

One thing I will do here that I never did on Twitter is use the block button liberally from the start.

The ability to limit notification from people you don't follow or who don't follow you feels incredibly kind. I haven't checked those boxes yet, but knowing they're there is a comfort.

Functionally, it says let's introduce ourselves before we go full tilt into conversation.

My first notification here, my first "welcome" to this space, was trolling. Is this the best we can do?

"The political core of any movement for freedom in the society has to have the political imperative to protect free speech." ~ bell hooks


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