Posts with the tag policy:
I’m silencing the baraag.net instance, whose about page says:
This instance welcomes loli, shota, fan works, graphic violence, and any sexual depiction expressed as a piece of fiction in subject or setting. Follow them if you want to, but that’s not the federated timeline I want for us.
I’m silencing (not blocking) two instances dedicated to NSFW content. If you still want to follow users on them, please do! I mainly don’t want them filling our federated timeline, but I have zero desire to prevent anyone from seeing it who wants to. As a practical matter, I can’t financially afford to maintain mirrors of all their posted content.
When an admin fails to police their own content, or even to respond to complaints at all, it’s not reasonable to allow their instance to pollute the timelines. That’s why I’m silencing pl.smuglo.li.
One of my users complained that they received spam from @firstname.lastname@example.org, whose timeline currently looks like:
It turns out this whole instance is screaming with spam red flags:
It doesn’t verify email addresses1, The site that the spambot is advertising, MastodonUserMatching.tk, is a redirect to vinayaka.distsn.org (which is on the same domain as the Mastodon instance2), and The bot’s source has the same name (“vinayaka”) as the subdomain it’s spamming ads for.
The Free Radical policy on harassment is pretty simple: I will not allow anyone – local or federated – to let a guest feel unsafe. This is my living room and no one can come here and harass my friends.
My general guideline is to take the minimum action necessary to address a problem. If a guest can themselves silence an annoying person and that fixes it, awesome. If the problem escalates and requires dropping the banhammer on a whole instance, then so be it.
Several times I’ve compared this instance to my living room. I think that’s a powerful and accurate analogy and I’d like to explain what I mean by that.
Even if no one else came around, I’d still have my home and my living room. It’d be boring and quiet, though! I’d much rather be surrounded by friends, and if you’re in my house, I assume that you’re my friend. I’m glad you’re here and want you to have a nice time! I also imagine that we’re in an apartment complex, surrounded by other people who also have living rooms and have invited friends over.
I silenced our first domain this morning (and updated the status page) because a user pointed out questionable content and I agreed with their assessment.
Much has been said about that particular instance and I’m not getting into all that. It did want to comment on the rationale behind the action, though: