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hey why isn't "I am LGBT" listed on joinmastodon.org

trust me gargy, that's a huge fuckin selling point

if you think that would be offputting, actually it's the opposite

like you could ride that PR train to way more publicity, in a good way

community moderation takes care of any concerns over harassment

I believe in youuuu

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@vantablack i think there was some prior discussion of it, and i wasn't exactly convinced by any of the reasons given against adding it

@vantablack like, we've got sports fan as a category but not queer or furry, and it's just goofy

gargy I know you're probably concerned about people thinking of Mastodon as "the new Tumblr" and that's why "I am LGBT" isn't listed on joinmastodon.org

but, there are other things for it to be known for

it can't be pigeonholed like other social media sites due to its decentralized nature

and community moderation ensures nobody will get toxic or vitrolic

and also, it'd be good PR

GOOD PR

@gargron (and seriously thank you so much for making mastodon, it has been nothing short of profoundly positive and life-changing)

@amphetamine @vantablack yeah that's a kinda, huge thing that's left out when people praise a single project member for the entire thing

@mallaidh @amphetamine @vantablack especially when they get overinflated egos because of it, and start going on about their "vision"

@amphetamine @gargron and also an infinity of thanks to everybody else who's helped create mastodon! like @chr and @nightpool and all the other instance admins who contributed code!!!! and everybody else who has contributed, I don't really know how mastodon or software development works!!!!! <3 <3 <3

@vantablack Community moderation doesn't necessarily guarantee good behavior. Sometimes admins can be bad. But it's a much better way of doing things than the monolithic systems.

@vantablack To elaborate, I don't like the idea of putting it there because all the other categories are based on interests/professions, not identities. It would feel wrong to put "I am white" or "I am black" on there because that's too close to segregation. But I was convinced that people want to talk *about* LGBT issues, so I think that becomes an interest then. Similarly, maybe an "I am interested in POC issues" would be okay (but "I am non-white" would not be)

@Gargron @vantablack maybe not "interest" or "identity" specifically, but community? since smaller instances have that community vibe right now, that's how i always saw the breakdown

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hey but letter salad is shit though

literally it leaves out so many fucking people its ridiculous