Hi Neil, well said. That's exactly my motivation for mastodon.
I even noticed that controversies here don't get out of hand most of the time. Compare that to the situation on that birdsite.
I actually think conflicts escalate there more easily, because people feel they're watched by their audience and feel pressured to perform.
Just my 2ct.
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