Server indexes of places for newcomers to join can be instrumental for Fediverse adoption. However, sudden rule changes can leave some admins feeling pressure to change policies in order to remain listed.

  • @[email protected]
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    any other instance allowing all the racist, homophobic and transphobic shit that gets posted on Threads would be unanimously defederated by the biggest players on the Fediverse, and blasted all over the network under the fediblock hashtag, but Meta somehow gets the pass because… more number mean gooder?

    • haui
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      122 months ago

      Exactly. Fedipact for the win!

    • iquanyin
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      42 months ago

      all i see on mine (i just tried it this week) is cute videos, artist videos, life hack videos, and amazing videos. seriously. it’s a lot like discuit. i guess it’s all in what you follow.

    • @[email protected]
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      I get this argument… but I keep seeing folks talk about Threads as if it’s somehow an existential threat to Mastodon rather than “big crappy instance with asshats on it,” and I don’t quite understand how it’s more than that… at least at a level that users and instance admins have any influence over. Can someone ELI5?

    • Draconic NEO
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      It’s because Facebook has been pushing their PR saying “We’re not an alt-right cesspit, we don’t tolerate alt-right trolling” people including right wingers believe them and repeat these lies, then they proceed to turn a blind eye towards right wing trolling and bigotry because they know that most of their audience are right wingers themselves (I mean that should be obvious since Facebook is known as the boomer platform because all the young people left elsewhere).

    • katy ✨
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      -42 months ago

      how can threads be transphobic when my following feed is filled with trans people? id say it’s more trans friendly than mastodon.

        • @[email protected]
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          02 months ago

          Well then I guess the pro-trans thing to do is tell Katy she shouldn’t be allowed to follow all those trans people.

              • catnash [she/her, ae/aer]
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                If an instance defederates from another instance there’s nothing stopping a user who liked that instance that was defederated with from moving to, making an account on or just using (in the broadest sense) another instance which hasn’t defederated with the instance they like or that instance itself. I do this sometimes, I go on to another instance I don’t have an account on to see the content a defederated instance treats as acceptable and thus the culture it has.

                That’s one reason I moved to the fediverse: so I could get rid of all of the content I didn’t want to see before I saw it. More typical social media like Meta, Twitter and Reddit all have a long history of failing to moderate against anti-trans hate, as with other types of hate, so I moved to the fediverse. One thing that stuck out as a major selling point to me at the time was a lack of an algorithm, meaning that everything I saw I saw because I searched for it, I subscribed to it, because it’s local or has been crossposted. Those latter two cases are the only real examples I can think of where a user is served content they didn’t actively search for, and even then they’re likely to be interested in it because an instance with a specific purpose, like lemmy.blahaj.zone or slrpnk.net, would only host communities that fit with the userbase’s interests and communities only share things of interest to that community.

                One of the reasons I use lemmy.blahaj.zone as my instance, which Katy also uses, is because the admins do their best to weed out transphobia and that includes Threads because Meta has poor moderation. It’s already fairly well established practice to block or defederate from instances with poor moderation (sometimes including open registration) because they pose risks to an instance’s userbase. If my instance federated with Threads I would feel at risk from Threads users attacking my posts or my private messaging inbox, so I would leave. We have already seen “aggressive” or “troll-ish” behaviour like this from instances which are far smaller than Threads is.

                • @[email protected]
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                  -12 months ago

                  If an instance defederates from another instance there’s nothing stopping a user who liked that instance that was defederated with from moving to, making an account on or just using (in the broadest sense) another instance which hasn’t defederated with the instance they like or that instance itself.

                  This functional consequence of defederation is telling their users they shouldn’t be allowed to interact with an instance. That they can just leave if they don’t like it doesn’t make the choice not coercive. Moving servers is certainly a viable option, but it’s a pain and doesn’t transfer content, so that’s still locked under the former server’s federation choice.

                  That’s one reason I moved to the fediverse: so I could get rid of all of the content I didn’t want to see before I saw it. More typical social media like Meta, Twitter and Reddit all have a long history of failing to moderate against anti-trans hate, as with other types of hate, so I moved to the fediverse.

                  On Mastodon, which is the place Threads is trying to federate with and which Katy was comparing it to, you can block instances. You no longer need your instance to make those decisions for you. Your desire to have Threads blocked at the instance level is at odds with Katy’s desire to follow trans people on it. You can do a simple thing to implement your desires without forcing anything on the other person.

      • @Holyginz
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        72 months ago

        That is the stupidest arguement I’ve seen in a while. " my grandad smoked 3 packs a day and never got cancer so cancer is just a hoax by big pharma!" Anecdotes aren’t accepted as evidence for good reason.

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          12 months ago

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      • HACKthePRISONS
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        62 months ago

        they didn’t say threads is transphobic. tehy said threads allows transphobic content

      • iquanyin
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        12 months ago

        i’ve not seen a single hateful thing of any kind. it pays to curate your feed.

  • Rimu
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    642 months ago

    Fedi garden is just someone’s website, they can put whatever they want on it. No big deal.

    • @[email protected]
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      52 months ago

      Yeah, I’ve never even heard of them before now and would have no particular reason to trust that what they mean by “good” servers aligns with what I’d consider “good” servers. This isn’t like joinmastodon.org trying to strongarm instances to adopt their personal federation policy.

  • macniel
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    432 months ago

    Even though I hate Meta, I can totally understand why admins are pissed at this change.

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    Are any major Lemmy or Mastodon instances in Fedi Garden?

    I was looking through the site and didn’t see any instances I recognized but they also nest everything so it takes like 3 clicks to see 2 severs.

    Edit: By type looks like the easier way to see the entire list, which is not huge and I don’t recognize any of the servers but I will admit I am not a big Mastodon person.

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      The person who runs it doesn’t recommend Lemmy because of the political opinions of its main developers.

      Kinda funny now given that Eugene of Mastodon has signed an NDA with Facebook.

      • Draconic NEO
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        42 months ago

        It’s funny how they can attack a software and all instances on it but turn a blind eye to the wrongdoings of the developers of the software they’re using. It shows a lot of very personal and emotional bias, and also quite a bit of hypocrisy because they are basically saying to all the instances that use Lemmy that one can’t use server software without agreeing with the developers, and yet they use Mastodon while fundamentally disagreeing with its developers.

      • @[email protected]
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        12 months ago

        Eugene of Mastodon has signed an NDA with Facebook.

        Is this true? Where can I read more about it?

  • RubberDuck
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    192 months ago

    No way! Little dictators exercising the power they have. But it is their platform, they can do what they want right?

    This is probably the biggest threat to the fediverse.

          • @GlitterInfection
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            172 months ago

            Bullying instance admins into aligning with your values is absolutely the type of behavior that will ruin this protocol.

            Meta is evil and Threads is lame. And I can block them on my own, thank you.

            • @[email protected]
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              “Not linking to you on my personal website is bullying”

              Give it a fucking break precious.

              Co-ordinated action is needed to fight back against billion dollar companies, not leaving it up to individuals.

                • @[email protected]
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                  82 months ago

                  I would urge the email protocol makers to stop the rampant corporate tracking. Basically every email sender gets your location, ip, and other info when you open it.

                  I’d bet facebook has a team of marketers working tirelessly to grow their fedi market share so that less informed people think of the fediverse as just a part of threads. They started their own free ISP and half the people that used it ended up thinking Facebook dot com was all there is to the internet. They’ve decided to ruin the fediverse next because by federating, they can see a ton of info about you/your account by default.

                  I think the FTC should do its fucking job, but until then people should stop these huge companies from getting exactly what they want as much as possible. I see no benefit, but a major threat from a company that spies and creates hordes of ill informed users. Literally they are in the news right now for man in the middling Snapchat data. You think they won’t/haven’t started that kind of thing for fedi? They can’t train their LLMs off Snapchat half as easy as they can here.

    • @cosmicrookie
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      They are not threatening the fediverst though are they? Just refusing to promote certain instances for newcomers. When I signed up, i wasn’t really sure what I was signing up to but i did assume that not all instances were listed on that page that talked about them

      • RubberDuck
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        -72 months ago

        Little dictators that have too much prominence and visibility are the threats. If a specific start point gets too prominent a lot of users could be redirected from good instances because of the little tyrants that run such a jump on point. Granted it can be easily routes around by offering alternative entry points, but a certain amount of prominence will impact not so Tech savvy users.

        And in your assumption you have shown you already understand the fediverse more than a lot of people ever will. They will just join an instance and browse /ALL.

    • @roofuskit
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      132 months ago

      Create your own instance and become your own little benevolent dictator.

    • @[email protected]
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      The above is the core strength of the fediverse. Tinpot despots may have an advantage in the network due to previous efforts, but they can be routed around any time they go nuts.

      This is a huge, huge win over the top down shitbergs that is current corporate social media.

      • RubberDuck
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        12 months ago

        I think this is true, but the fediverse (as an entity) needs to prevent too much power accumulating at one point.

        • @[email protected]
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          It ebbs and flows. Full decentralization would be ideal, but unrealistic. Power always consolidates, until it suddenly doesnt. Making it easy to leave when it “suddenly doesnt” is key.

    • @TORFdot0
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      72 months ago

      I am not in favor of transitive property defederation either but Meta will make similar demands if they are allowed to be an influencer in the fedi as well. I’d rather that everyone just decides to defederate threads independently

  • haui
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    122 months ago

    So admins are pissed because one of the more powerful (because rare) indexes has a spine.

    Meta promoting hate doesnt fit the fediverse, plain and simple. Maybe people just get over themselves?

    • @Maalus
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      -12 months ago

      Now it is “has a spine”, next time they arbitrairly decide to make up rules it won’t be cool because they won’t align with your worldview

  • roguetrick
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    102 months ago

    I think this is consistent with their content policy aims, so that’s fine. Meta will not easily ban Nazis, so I get where they’re coming from. I don’t think I personally would want to participate in this project if I was an admin though.

  • iquanyin
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    62 months ago

    seems a big against the sprit of “let each instance choose.” al ost like having a corporation control the choices available.

  • @[email protected]
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    52 months ago

    While I would love for everyone to defederate from threads, strong-arming people is not the way.

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      How exactly is anyone being strong armed?
      A single, privately run index site (which, to be clear, I have never even visited, let alone have any affiliation with) doesn’t want to publicise certain instances.
      If anything, forcing them to index instances they don’t want to would be the strong-arming.

      • @aesthelete
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        82 months ago

        Yeah saying they have to list and recommend things they disagree with reeks highly of “freeze peach” principles as understood by right-wing-philosopher-clowns.

        • DessertStorms
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          Yup, but only when it’s something those clowns disagree with, like excluding Nazis or corporations.

          Now, excluding people from protected groups, who need to be protected in the first place because of the groups the clowns endorse and defend, they’re more than happy to fight for that…

          And conveniently enough anyone who disagrees with them is a traitor they don’t have to listen to, and voilà - built in shield against any criticism or the pointing out of just how massive their hypocrisy is…

  • katy ✨
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    -22 months ago

    blocking threads is so stupid and antithesis to the nature of the fediverse.

    • Draconic NEO
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      No, you’re misunderstanding the nature of the Fediverse. The fediverse concept centers around independent servers interconnecting and communicating with each other over activitypub, not all servers everywhere, just simply independent servers (AKA there is room for defederation and bans in that model). There will be servers which choose not to or won’t be allowed to interconnect and that isn’t antithetical to the goal because the goal is having servers be able to do it. If you were told that fediverse means all activitypub servers interconnect they were either misunderstanding or lying.

    • catnash [she/her, ae/aer]
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      22 months ago

      The nature of the fediverse is that it’s federative/defederative. If an instance chooses to defederate because it thinks federation is a risk then they can do that. If that causes a problem for a user, the user can move to another instance which does federate.

      I joined the fediverse after years of bad experiences on more typical social media sites, and specifically lemmy.blahaj.zone instance because the admins are very good at weeding out transphobia. If they federated with Threads I would be very surprised and want them to convince me of why that was a good idea.

    • Rimu
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      12 months ago

      People have wildly different ideas about the nature of the fediverse. That’s the nub.

  • @[email protected]
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    -52 months ago

    The solution to this is to create a new index (sorry web page). Job done.

    Groups who abuse their position should be ignored. Without traffic their influence disappears.

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    In the end, on paper, it results to more active users because they will use their main account that they created innitially and simply have a new account to access the blocked content on other insurances