The current list of ways something can get into the federated timeline:
- someone from your server is following that user
- someone from your server replied to that user
- someone from your server is following someone who replied to that user
- someone from your server liked/boosted it
- someone from your server copy/pasted the link into the search box, causing the server to load it
heads up for cybre.space users
Hey, just a heads up that I suspended firstname.lastname@example.org because it was flooding the federated timeline with over 30 posts per minute.
I'm working on a patch to let admins customize the types of things that make it into the federated timeline, I'd appreciate feedback on what "sources" of content people who like to see in there!
Hey weekend Masto peeps
I have a horrible living situation & need to get out of it this summer so I can start HRT! I have a place to go once the Fall semester starts, but would also really like to just live somewhere independently, so if any LGBT folks in south west PA are looking for roomates or would otherwise be able to take one on, I would really appreciate getting in contact.
like, to be honest, my main issue with the shared instance block lists is not that they exist, but that:
(a) they are not sourced with any of reason for why you should block them,
(b) some of these instances don't really have good reasons for why you should block *everyone* on them,
(c) some of them are nonsensical because either they're misspelled, or Mastodon can't federate with them anyway,
(d) despite these issues, people are encouraged to import them anyway For The Good Of The Users,
(e) unintended consequences could happen if every instance just adopted this list; whoever decides what gets on it controls a large part of the fediverse.
tl;dr: outsourcing this decision-making to someone else without review is a really bad idea unless you really trust them
If you want to follow those rules, fine.
But you now have choices to make about who to federate with. You always had choices but now you are being forced to make them.
They're not necessarily easy choices. Doing what is "right" is subjective. I can't tell you what to do. I can't tell you what to do because /I/ don't know what to do.
Obviously "block illegal content" is up there on the list but whatever else you do is up to you now.
@Rushyo Plus, I think there's other ways to mitigate fakes, but they require a certain level of public awareness. News sites could run their own instances, so if Tom Brokaw isn't tooting from @email@example.com, you know they're a fake. An instance could host celeb accounts and offer verification services, so the domain is the validation, not some checkmark. It's a different way of thinking about social networking, but probably a healthier/more sustainable one in the long run.
Let's build a air pollution sensor. This will be fun.
Hm, is my sensor damaged? It shows values above the air polution limits. This can't be right 🤔 .
Opens map of luftdaten.info
Some things I learned about the Mastodon web UI:
The profile page of a user on another server won't show all of their follows/posts. Open it in a new tab (by middle-clicking their username in a toot) to view them all.
To boost or fav a toot on an external site, copy its URL into the search box on your local instance. The toot will be shown as a search result.
Current times have made me feel like I am forced to engage, respond and look for myself. Boost/Follows =/= endorsements/opinions. Also, Anthropology nerd.