So far blocked a good handful of anti-Semites here on Mastodon.
Any other people that wish for the death of the Jews that I should know about and block?
@BryanLunduke man that is NOT COOL. Most especially since so many people came to Mastodon instances as a refuge from Nazi type people.
As an instance admin I'd also add you should report such people to the admins of their respective instances so they can be dealt with. They are like (bad) graffiti...if they are not cleaned up they attract more blight.
@BryanLunduke @throgh it is a difficult problem but not entirely new. The fediverse has a similar vibe to Citadel BBSes (remember those? 😜) and I try to approach moderation like the better Citadel sysops did, that being to take a relatively light stance and deal with personal drama, hate and threats directly, and generally just put the more crazy users to the Twit Room LOL
I don't think its that hard of a decision. Nazis advocate for genocide, and they gaslight non-nazis and abuse your value of free speech to normalize their hate in public conversations. They contort the idea of free speech into meaning that everyone should give them a platform, which is definitely not how it works.
Nazis aren't just speaking their mind, they're actively trying to manipulate people.
This is because some instances are a bit overzealous and moderate by domain instead of account which I think does intrude on speech far too much. I do not block whole instances at all (I will filter/silence as a last resort though) as I feel that damages federation.
No reason I have to be the one to provide the soapbox for any one crank though.
I feel that it would be best to report them privately to the instance admins too, because I'm quite sure any instance our .rocks federates with will be happy to moderate.
On the topic of free speech here's the xkcd: https://xkcd.com/1357/
And for .rocks: Not sure you noticed but I convinced HackJack to unsuspend a few instances.
It is important for everyone to feel comfortable
@miwilc @msh @BryanLunduke
I'm still not sure where I stand on this. I would hate to see whole instances get blocked because of a few bad apples but I'm also afraid that is where we're eventually headed. IMO individual blocking is the way to go for now. There will be growing pains as more people get onboard and then individual blocking may become a full time job. For now, there are some really cool people here. Let's all have fun.
@mankaev @BryanLunduke that is not an argument. Trying to insert your own moral authority into a conversation is not advised if you want a productive discussion. Of course everyone here knows what a Semite is and is not. So I don't really understand what you are getting at with your interjection.
Semantic arguments are cancer to productive conversation.
@BryanLunduke I hate Nazis too, but what I hate even more is censorship. It would ok to ban people if they were spamming you or posting disturbing stuff in replies, but banning people just because you THINK they are Nazis is not ok - what if I posted something like creepy pasta story, would you assume that im Nazi and block me just because of that one tweet? Hitler was also supporting censorship, just like you do - he misinformed lot of innocent people - they legitimately thought jews were evil
@BryanLunduke This is very sad but Mastodon is not nerd heaven it's a social medium where all people in the world can participate even the jerks. I can imagine that it's very hard for you to find a way how to deal with those people. But free speech is not the freedom to threaten people it is the freedom to participate constructively in a society. Therefore if you want to encourage free speech you should block those people and report them to the admins.