I'm not claiming to speak for @PaulaToThePeople but I'm not fully in favor of the covenant, either.
The general theme seems to be, "disconnect as little as possible", and it recommends instance admins refrain from inhibitting the ability of users to connect.
Many users, however, want their moderators to be aggressive in blocking instances with differing codes of content.
There are tradeoffs with every policy, but many would favor user comfort over maximizing potential connections.
5. No Guilt-by-Association/Federation
If the goal is to remove content from a known bad actor, then defederating from intermediate connections is often necessary. Mastodon.Technology followed this step with Gab to ensure that content from Gab didn't show up for m.t users.
I gotcha, so you're describing a policy and recognizing that there's a spectrum of defederation aggressiveness that people follow. There are many fediverse users who would prefer an instance with that kind of policy.
And that's dandy! It's likely that those instances will have more connections, which their user base will value.
Users that value more active moderation will likely gravitate towards servers with prescriptive codes of conduct.
The beauty of the fediverse!
on that moderation note, i still feel banana.dog to be too heavily moderated. just saw a bunch of memes from a collection filled with broken images and content warnings over nothing.
this wiki guidelines are generally very well written i think... if they're followed, why do i still feel too much moderation?
in my head we miss a global mindset to enable individual content moderation, which i never been done seen anywhere, because it's technically very challenging both for devs and users.
a lot of users, however, are ready to take ownership in moderating their content-intake in life.
we need software that allows us to moderate the content to our own taste, regardless of the origin or creator.
in practice, it should not be just blocking a hashtag or a user, but avoiding a complex set of red flags from anywhere, at the same time getting sporadic representative samples of what's being blocked as to constantly maintain it in good shape for me.
please let me know if there's anything like this done yet!
This Mastodon instance is for people interested in technology. Discussions aren't limited to technology, because tech folks shouldn't be limited to technology either!