I want to tell y'all something I love about #fosstodon.
We're small (<1000 weekly users), but we have a *huge* team of moderators: https://hub.fosstodon.org/about/the-team There are six of us—more than the team a mastodon.social!
That means that we pretty much always have *somebody* around to moderate.
It also means that no one person speaks for the whole instance. We have a whole team devoted to enforcing our CoC. We might not always agree, but we're all working to make #fosstodon welcoming for everyone
@codesections kev has made it quite clear that he is not, in fact, working to make fosstodon welcoming for everyone. Kick him out or shut up.
I disagree with many statements Kev has made in his *personal* capacity. But I also see him—and others—working hard to keep the site running well.
And my broader point is that, since there are six of us, you don't *need* to agree with any one person to be safe and welcome
Those are all fair points.
I hope that no one feels unwelcome using pronouns in their bio on Fossodon—so many people do!
Our practice has been to draw a distinction between "speech to" and "speech about"—if I were to say "I hate Republicans", that would be fine, but if I were to @ someone and say "I hate Republicans, like you", that wouldn't be. By that standard, Kev's comments aren't a CoC violation.
There are problems with that approach, I admit
@codesections the most glaring problem is that it isn't consistent with your code of conduct: "Examples of unacceptable behavior by Fosstodon users include: [...]
Trolling or insulting/derogatory comments
Public or private oppressive language or actions"
That's a bold and laudable constraint that doesn't at all suggest it only applies when you direct it at a specific person.
@codesections To narrow it's application as you describe guts the protection it provides. I doubt the original toot cat authors would find it consistent with the intent of the document.
Fosstodon is an English speaking Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in technology; particularly free & open source software.