I want to tell y'all something I love about .

We're small (<1000 weekly users), but we have a *huge* team of moderators: hub.fosstodon.org/about/the-te 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 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.

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

@codesections that last sentence isn't really how being safe & welcome works.

If an admin of the instance makes you feel unwelcome because he thinks you're a snowflake and have your pronouns in your bio, it doesn't matter who the mod team is because you can't be sure they aren't going to be overridden or replaced with people who think more like the admin.

What confidence can that person (or I) have that the place is on the level?

Put another way, how is Kev's post itself not a CoC violation?


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 @lawremipsum Using the same standard for chosen identities like "republican" as for socially imposed ones like "trans" is weird and bad

Makes me think you're one of those people who think that all trans people can opt out of their gender


@LogicalDash @lawremipsum

I don't think that and never claimed too. I was picking a neutral insult (and one that I didn't think would offend anyone—basically no republicans on the fediverse after all :D )

@codesections @lawremipsum I just had a long subthread with kungtotte explaining why this issue has nothing to do with how insulting the language is, did you read it?

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