Reaction to Uche Eke's "The Mammoth in the Room" G+ post about "Mastodon is dead in the water" post on Hacker Noon
Fig. 1: screenshot showing a user on shitposter.club (a GNU Social instance) claiming that they are anti-Nazi (much as the instance's banner claims it is a "safe space"), both of which seem very unlikely to me given that they don't even have a Code of Conduct in evidence and the prior administration of TootCat blocked them
[ reposted from G+, with minor adaptations ]
I didn't have permission to comment on the original post, but was able to re-share it. Since G+ will be going away at some point, though, I'm making a practice of fully re-posting anything significant that I post there. So...
Brief re-intro: Hi! I'm Woozle, and I run TootCat (a Mastodon instance with 1300+ users) and HubCat (a Hubzilla instance with 5 users).
I always think it's really funny when I'm active in a community that is pronounced "dead" or "a ghost town". This happened multiple times with both G+ and Mastodon. It's finally soon to become a reality with G+, but Mastodon membership has only been increasing as people grow disgusted with centralized for-profit social networks (mainly Twitter and Facebook).
To confirm what @Dr. Edward Morbius said -- instance-blocking is indeed a feature, and a very necessary one; some instances are seemingly created largely as a haven for abusive ideologies like Nazism and capitalism (often under the fallacious banner of "free speech"), and they are a reliable source of disinformation and abuse, so we block them when we can identify them.
The other blocking features he cites are also correct, as are all the other details he has observed, to the best of my knowledge.
Despite this, +Uche Eke's observation about the apparent inadequacy of moderation features is also correct. While moderation is orders of magnitude better than on the for-profit networks, where all they really care about is quantity, it has been clear to me from the time I joined in May 2017 that more was needed.
(I have detailed ideas on that front; have hobby-horse, will ramble.)