Was talking about Mastodon with an old-school sysadmin guy. We reached the realization that defederating from instances with no/bad moderation is essentially the same thing as blocking open relays back when you ran your own email server: open relays always end up getting used for spam, you block 'em to protect your users.

Email was and still is the first federated social network, so it already faced a lot of the same problems; we should study its solutions (and its failures).

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Two totally different scenarios. While I can loosely see the parallels it's an apples and oranges discussion. I would say it's more comparable to UUCP/ Fidonet groups back in the day of the BBS boom.
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@GLove @nindokag Wow: that Fidonet reference takes me back. Ran an old bbs back in the day.

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