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We will not join the United Federation of Instances

The United Federation of Instances is a bad idea, and Free Radical will not participate. The “UFoI” is an organization of fediverse instances making a compact: if an instance enters the compact, and they abide by the group’s Code of Ethics, then all members of the group promise not to disconnect from or block that instance. If one instance believes that another is violating that Code of Ethics, then they can present evidence to the elected board of the group.

Switching to invitation-only

In the interest of curtailing spammer signups and developing a more personal community, we’re at least temporarily switching to an invitation-only membership model. If you would like to create an account on this instance, or if you’re already a member here but would like to invite a friend, send a direct message to

New junk medical advice policy

Quick, temporary policy update: Effective immediately, medical advice regarding COVID-19 not sourced from legitimate scientific or medical outlets is forbidden content. If you see someone advocating essential oils or colloidal silver or other junk quackery, please report it. This is not a free speech zone. Misinformation that makes people dead is not “oh well we all have opinions”.


The instance is a small or single-user instance operated by a software author who writes hostile instance-scraping bots. On the web page for that software, in the ironically named “ethics statement”, he writes: Publishing your toots/messages on a server without marking them private or requiring authentication and thus making them available to the web is an act of affirmative consent to allowing others to download those toots/messages (usually by viewing them in a browser on your profile page).


The instance seems to be designed around following Mastodon users and indexing their content. No thanks.

Suspended was spamming dozens of users with thousands of follows. As it seems that there’s nothing of value on that instance, I suspended it.


I’m suspending the instance. Their public timeline is full of literal Nazi content, pedophilia advocacy, and aggressive trolling. I’d put this off because I hoped it wouldn’t be needed, but there you go.


The domain seems to be a ghost ship that is intent on DoSing users by sending them a million follow notices. I’ve suspended them.

Disconnecting from Gab

Due to overwhelming feedback from our users, Free Radical is suspending connections to and its affiliates. If there is content there that you wish to see, please consider creating an account directly on their instance.

Silencing domain

At their admin’s suggestion, I’m silencing (not suspending) the instance due to uncensored NSFW content. Same as always: I won’t stop you from following users there. This just keeps that out of the federated timeline.