Kev Quirk
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Wow. Good job . No, seriously, good job! **slow clap**

theverge.com/2018/8/31/1780140

Many on here make themselves out to be accepting and open to new people. Yet Wil Wheaton gets so much abuse, he was forced off the platform.

Like I said, great work folks. ☹️

@kev I was happy to see that most of the drama stayed out of though! I only caught it through the federated timeline.

I hopped around some between instances when I first got here, but I quickly settled on fosstodon and it was absolutely the right choice! Great signal-to-noise and fantastic people, so you guys do a great job of cultivating this instance.

@kungtotte thanks, always great to recieve feedback from you guys. 😊

@kev What does the article say? I can't browse their website on the phone.

@hund @kev It basically says that a "mob" harassed both the individual (@wilw) and the admins until the admins cracked and suspended Wheaton's account. Mastodon does not come out of this situation looking good.

@kev I'm amazed how fast this went to media.

We will see how it works out. At least the message "The fediverse is yet just another social media" is out now.

Or to put it in other words: Decentralization doesn't solve the most problems of a social media, it just decentralizes them. (Which is funny, since we decentralize for resilience… which now also applies to all these problems)

@vinzv

It basically makes up a good story and shows that some claims that were made, weren't completely correct.

We shouldn't complain since these media do their job. They report things and Mastodon is really easy about coming up with drama. Also theverge usually talks very positive about the fediverse (as far I can remember), so it's definitely fair.

Finally it's still a good sign, since this also means the fediverse got to a level where it's relevant to the media.

@kev

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@sireebob so he was forced away from the platform for things he did in the past?

This is very, very sad. I honestly thought we were more inclusive than this.

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@sireebob I've made my feeling clear - I don't think he should have been pushed from this platform.

Anything above that is entering further in to the realm of the same drama that started this, and I'm not willing to go there. 👍

@kev that's fine. i wish you wouldn't keep removing CWs though

@kev just great, one of the only articles about mastodon is this...

@kev Shouldn't he have found an instance where he was accepted rather than going to any instance where he knew he was going to be harassed.

@lockelamora @kev I agree, but if you are new and a casual user you might not fully understand the concept of federation and what it entails at the time of signing up, then you have a bad experience and blame the whole system. I can totally see this happening.

@neugierdsnase @kev I guess that makes sense. He may have just randomly chosen an instance off of the main website or just joined mastodon.social that comes first in the search results.

@lockelamora @neugierdsnase I don't that would have helped anyway. Once the Fediverse got wind of him having an account, I imagine it would have been users from multiple instances jumping on him.

He could have created/joined an instance that isn't federated, but that kinda defeats the object of Mastodon IMO.

@kev @neugierdsnase But isn't the concept of federation kind of like a digital version of a safe space. You can just ignore anything out of your instance. If some instance catches your interest in the global feed you can make another account over there or you can just interact from here.
And federation doesn't mean that there should only be one fediverse .

@kev at least the drama was behind CWs, until now :|

@Matter @kev it made it less stressful for me as I'm trying to avoid online drama

@kev Disappointing situation to be sure, but a silver lining might be better tooling and better understanding around moderation and other tools.

This instance has been outstanding and I hope a model for future instances.

@kev I should also state that better tooling is also not a “cure all” for this stuff either. We are fighting against human nature, which requires some to be more level headed than most.

@boblmartens @kev @mike Yes, I'd also like to take the opportunity to thank the admins for their work. I don't know how much managing of users / new accounts goes on, but the end result has, in all my experience, been a sensible and positive environment. Even the fed TL is cleaner than on other servers, though I don't know how much of that is down to my larger blocklist on Fosstodon. Good work, guys 💪😀👍

@puffinux @boblmartens thanks guys. We do actively manage blocking where possible. It's a fine line though, so we tend to stay on the side of caution where possible.

@mike

@kev Will Wheaton has been an intolerant troll in other places so I'm kind of glad he's not here. I fear that as more people jump in from other platforms, they will bring their old habits with them, ruining our good thing.

@DistroJunkie that may well be the case, but I think we (the Mastodon community) should give people the benefit of the doubt, and only take action when warranted.

@kev You're a better person than me when it comes to trolls.

@kev wait... Why are people being mean to Wesley Crusher? I honestly don't understand.

@poetgrant @kev
mob mentality, he wrote an interesting post on his blog. I don't get why is that people feel so entitled and free of any consequence for their actions on-line.
wilwheaton.net/2018/08/the-wor

@manulfk @kev someone should tell him to join Fosstodon. We are all really nice...

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