This is a fraction of what I've been receiving the past few days/weeks through the App Store and email. It sucks, and it's impacting sales massively (to the point where it makes me question whether continued support is even worth it), but just got to hold it out.

@JPEG i, for one, am downloading your app right now and giving you a 5*. i don't know what the right community response will be to this thing with gab but this seems like a good countermeasure if many of us do it.

@gergolippai That's very kind of you, thank you for the support!

@JPEG by the way, i'm curious: does apple provide any support for app devs who are being trolled this way? are you in comms with them? (wonder if trolled is the right word here. threatened? bullied? 🤔 )

@gergolippai I can report the review, but that’s about it. No guarantee it’ll lead to anything. I’d love some sort of direct line with someone at Apple.

@JPEG I don't have an iPhone, I don't even know my login to the apple store anymore...
But I'll boost.

@maloki That's very nice of you to do, I really appreciate the support!

@JPEG I mean we had to deal with the same for Tusky. I got you.

@maloki How did you go about combatting it with Tusky?

@JPEG public call for help with just normal reviews if people like it, and reporting content as they see fit.

I didn't ask for 5 star reviews or anything, just honest reviews.

@maloki Oh that’s looking promising, thank you for linking that. I’ll try it out and see how it fares.

@maloki That’s a good shout, and hopefully it turns around for the better for you!

@JPEG hold out, it's worth it.

Have you set up any alternative means of receiving donations for this work?

@maloki Nope, I just charge a one time fee. I don't like having multiple streams to gain profit from this as it looks deterring too. There are a lot of positive people on here, but there are also a lot of negative ones, so it seems to always counter itself out.

@JPEG I will say ignore them but I understand how disheartening this is. Do not let this get you down. The Nazis don’t know the difference between Free speech and Hate speech.

You have made an awesome app and I am going to post a 5* review soon. Thanks for all your hard work.

@thumb That’s very encouraging, thank you for the support. It helps massively.

@JPEG hey man, had forgotten to review again since the new version. Just went and gave a 5 star again, keep up the good work and don’t let the assholes get you down ❤️

@danvpeterson That’s very kind of you to do, thank you! I can understand it becoming frustrating to repeatedly leave reviews, so thank you again for doing it regardless!

@JPEG all the work you put into Mast is greatly appreciated. Really sorry to hear you’re being given such a hard time for something like this. Fuck nazis and thank you.

@danvpeterson Thank you, I want to separate the app from politics, but it seems to be intertwined right now.

@JPEG @danvpeterson If it's what it takes, feel free to make the next version a new, paid app. I'll gladly pay again.

@tewha @danvpeterson I feel like that would be unfair on users, I’ll leave it as it is, but thank you!

@JPEG I'm sorry about the sales loss. Getting bad reviews from Nazis is actually an indicator of quality. 😕

@JPEG I just bought the app now. I hope things turn up soon!

@zalasur That’s really generous of you, thank you for doing that!

@JPEG I particularly like the “truly worthy” comment. It punctuates what a bunch of LARPing twats they are.

@JPEG Damn. :( If I bought into the iOS ecosystem, I'd download your app.

@JPEG Maybe you could have a $999 in-app purchase that opens access to gab and then donate the proceeds to organizations fighting racism 🤔

@lotus42 This is it, this is the strategy that I ought to take. We have a winner.

@JPEG Now that’s what I call a freemium model 😜

@JPEG @switchingsocial Hey. I feel sorry for you about those bad reviews.

I do not support gab in any way, but I understand the anger of some of your critics. I would not tolerate that a browser blocked sites. I don’t want a Mastodon client to block instances for me either (which my current client Toot unfortunately does).

You took a strong stance which triggers strong reactions. Apart from the built-in block I disagree with, your app looks really nice. Keep up the good work 🙂

@thibaultamartin I completely understand and agree with the sentiment. A stance was taken and that comes with responses (whether good or bad). Blocks are an extreme measure, but it’s also a fine line between that and allowing the opposite to fester. Thank you for the kind words regarding the app!

@JPEG There’s none of that going on in the Australian store, but I’ve given it five stars anyway!

@JPEG Mast is yours, not theirs. You made it, and regardless of sales figures or hateful reviews it’s something you should be proud of. I’ve always admired your enthusiasm for making Mast the best app it can be. I hope you will continue with it.

@solitarywalker That's really encouraging to hear, thank you. I'll try not to let it get me down!

@Tchambers That's incredibly reassuring to hear, thank you!

@JPEG interesting and depressing pattern in those country names

@JPEG @mike rated 5 stars on the AppStore, thank you for taking a stand!

@JPEG i dont have apple devices, but if you have a way to accept donation, give me a shout and I'll send some your way.

@JPEG Fuck these assholes. You're doing fantastic work and I greatly appreciate it.

@JPEG You know who cries "censorship" when you censor nazis?

@JPEG I'm not an iOS user but I trust that you did a great job, you had a good decision, keep up the good work! :xoka:

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