My experience of getting harassed and how Mastadon dealt with it brought up some insights.
1. I joined Mastadon yesterday, a network that presents an alternative to toxic social platforms.
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@ideasmithy good going.
@ideasmithy Another thing we can do with the tools available to us is that we can actively block people and merge our block lists. It is quite easy to do this on here.
@Midhatkhan Get a block list in csv format from someone and import it on your account and then merge.
Ohkeyyyyy.... Thank uh 🙌
@Midhatkhan Happy to help.
To build a safe environment for everyone, is very important that all the users help in reporting issues.
To everyone: if you see someone else get harassed don't wait for the admins to notice on their own, just report the trolls!
@ideasmithy the fragility that comes with their masculinity never ceases to amaze me
And great job @ mods
@ideasmithy he's already made another account Ramya and started following me. I just blocked him again. This is already getting tiring.
@a_crmdgn @Paridhigupta Ah, forewarned is forearmed. If you see any problematic actions by this (or any other accounts), please Report immediately. The moderators are working hard to keep out toxicity. And that includes users not having to hide from trolls but bringing them to the platform's notice.
If you are uncomfortable with this guy, even if he has not specifically been creepy with the new account, you could just ask him not to engage with you. If he does that despite your request, it becomes harassment, according to the T&C, and can be reported for a ban again.
So, do what's comfortable for you. But don't just block/mute.
@a_crmdgn please report him. I had blocked him again so can't see his stuff. But it's better to report him, the moderators are swift.
@ideasmithy amazing 👍🏻
@sugarsnspice Thanks to the moderators
@ideasmithy great job truly.
Please post the same in Twitter so that women who are trolled find the difference between Twitter and Mastodon
@Freedom_forever I already have.
@ideasmithy More power to you Ramya. And a big up for mastodon. Am not active on Twitter, but loving this sanitised space.
@Mimi1234 Likewise. What a refreshing change to be taken seriously and not have to prove that one deserves to be protected from such scum.
@ideasmithy Hope this stays like this as it achieves scale.
@ideasmithy This guy also kept calling me "dear" and said "why are you so worried?" Took some 4 messages to shut him up.
@ideasmithy So was your experience on Mastodon more positive than on Big Social Media sites?
By the way, you should always add "alt text" to images you post for the benefit of our users unable to view images for whatever reason.
@ideasmithy Wow, that guy was a creep. I am glad he's gone.
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Today, I encountered my
first Mastodon troll. He
left a harassing comment
and when I said I'd report
him, he called me a right
wing extremist and began
asking other accounts to
That's a maroon cotton saree with a green
kalamkari border and yellow pallu. Iadded
green kalamkari fabric for sleeves on the
blouse and yellow cuffs to match the pallu.
I can't doa thing about the way things are.
I'm out but I'm not down yet.
@ideasmithy Cutie please eat more
© 09-Nov-2019 16:00 » Web
I reported the account.
His previous postings
inappropriate messages to
Within minutes, his
Mastodon account was
suspended. I also recived
a reply from the
instructions on dealing
with trolls and what they
were doing to curb it.
Compare this with other
1. The Big solution
offered is to MUTE. This
only means the victim
cannot see the harasser.
How is this safer?
2. Alternately, one is
asked to BLOCK. This means
the harasser knows you're
avoiding them and makes
them more confident of
their bullying because the
victim 'got scared'
3. The REPORT feature puts
the onus on the victim to
prove the harassment, to
follow up, to drum up
support usually from other
users concerned this will
happen to them too.
This is how toxicity grows:
1. Level of harassment grows when
harassers feel they can get away with
it. This guy went from one misogynist
commentto calling me right wing.
2. Delay in action allows harassers to
becomea mob. This happens with
gendered & political harassment all
the time. He was gathering a crowd to
attack me for saying his actions were
3. Other users are complicit with their
silence and by asking the victim to
ignore it or gaslighting their
experience because they're scared
it'll happen to them. This is how we
silence each other.
@ideasmithy Are you expressing that many of the same problems can arise on this platform?
@qcat Just laying out something that happened here that happened before, and how the platform dealt with it.
@ideasmithy this is absolutely amazing.
@ideasmithy Good points and a happy ending.
I'll note: when I see abuse and harassment directed *at other users*, I'll check to verify that it is what it seems to be, and report it.
Mastodon's "report" feature also allows calling up other toots by the reported user. Often you'll see a consistent pattern emerge directed either at one or many users.
Third-party reports are almost always helpful as they remove the subjectivity of the direct participants.
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