With the continuing influx of immigrants from the crises of trust. People will be brining the flame wars, the incendiary posts and all the fame grabbing behaver with them. We need to moderate this as a community BEFORE it becomes the norm on our instances. Ideas/actions/policy's.

ps. we love immigrants :)

@Hamishcampbell That's what block and mute is for. Mastodon is already not very welcoming to a lot of mainstream users today as it is.

@gme yes those are all fine hard tools, am thinking soft tools - Ideas/actions/policy's ie. we have a unspoken set of norms these will be challenged/twisted/stressed as we grow. "hard" is good, "soft" is better. ie what is valuable about our current norms and have we embedded them strongly anufe to weather this coming storm. This current thread was sparked by noticing something that looked like a flame thread and joining the commenting on it.

@Hamishcampbell Mute Conversation is the best feature Gargron has invented.

Even better would be reaction buttons so people could get immediate feedback whether the groupthink likes or really hates what a person is saying. I would love to see that stolen from Facebook. Even a reddit like upvote/ downvote would be beneficial. Especially for user accounts.

Reddit karma for accounts, Facebook reactions for posts.

That would be my utopia.


@gme think we need to roll out different networks and try these all. Standardized/diversity is strength ;) if that makes any sense :)

@Hamishcampbell Are you referring to platforms/ software or "instances"?

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"We can't engage as communities, unless we have money. I can't even express how angry this makes me."
- an activist group using Facebook. People and organisations who feel this way are our initial targets.

We are launching two new Mastodon instances for activists and campaigners to aid communication of grassroot groups; putting social media back in our hands by providing a free, unfettered home for campaigners, NGO’s and activists to communicate among their peers and beyond.

This project is a way out of the restricted, algorithmic, for-profit mediation and commercialisation of communication we increasingly experience. If you do not pay to "boost" each post, a Facebook page will only reach 3-6% of members. This soon becomes an expensive drain on limited NGO and activist budgets.
Activists and campaigners alike are ready to shift their outreach away from the corporate social networks paid-per-view “walled gardens”.

Mastodon is the worlds largest free open source decentralised microblogging network; it’s thousands of unique, interconnected communities, filled with different people, interests, languages, and needs.
You’re free to join any community you like, or better yet, host your own, on your own terms. It remains possible for members of each to instance to interact with others.
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We aim to help activism/campaigning groups to make this step now.


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