No users were harmed in the creation of the parent toot.
The pictured accounts are all MINE.
I have multiple alts and this was setup using MY PERSONAL ACCOUNTS
Until today I never used the feature.
None of my users gave me a need and I hope that they never will.
@kemonine And, additionally, act in a way that your admin can trust you :).
What I mean is... posting on their instance signifies an act of trusting the admin of that instance, just as the admin allowing you to post on their instance is an act of trust that you're not going to do something nefarious or put them in a bad situation (given the uncertain effect of recent pending changes in net neutrality laws).
This whole federation concept really hinges on maintaining that two-way trust.
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It would be interesting if the software could be adjusted hide any non public posts (that haven't been reported) in admin view, like behind a CW kind of. It wouldn't be foolproof if the admin wanted to see them, but as an admin, it would be easier to not see "private" stuff without a reason.
@pnathan Not scritly....
There are a bunch of instances hosted via 3rd party services w/o direct db access (or root).
On top of that the moderation interface (ie, less privs than admin) also includes that feature.
You'd be surprised how many don't consider some of this when picking an instance.
@pnathan Yes, the vast majority is still sidekiq and postgres.
I'm told the updated search features are backed by elasticsearch and someone has done some FTS tweaks to the postgres side on a larger instance to avoid the additional JRE dependency.
Admins have many options for digging these days.
@Laurelai @kemonine yeah but without trust life is not worth... and even if that happens, its easy to create another instance... we feel inspired by the movement of squats, which dedicates their time to squat empty buildings and find ways to govern them with direct democracy and consensus!! long live anarchy \o/
@ajeremias @kemonine The internet has one old rule that still applies: people in power are those who run things. If I decide to run an instance and to manage it alone and act like a dictator, it is my right.
If a couple people decide to run another and rule together while one of then admins, it is their right. Just as much as a hive of users co-managing an instance.
Just don't expect voice or power after simply registering on someone else's service.
My point was not all instances will apply the same rule, and no there is no legitimacy in complaining about those who don't. Just use another instance. Hell, open yours if you can't agree with anyone.
@kemonine @angristan A server admin can always see anything you send through that server if it isn't end-to-end encrypted. In a big company like Facebook or Google they may have strict restrictions on who is allowed to read random people's private messages, but on a small server run by a single person, there's literally nobody other than that admin who can decide that.
@Nixfreak You could use OTR or similar but that's not baked into anything at present (at least nothing I've heard about, others may have options).
I normally recommend users negotiate a side channel (matrix/riot/signal/etc) via DM to take anything that could benefit from e2e crypto or more privacy off masto...
This place is designed for expression (publicly displaying your life, ideas and opinions), not for communication (talking privately to your intimate friends).
If you are looking for properly distributed communication tools, have a look at Matrix/Riot.