How can I follow a user on another instance, if their instance's web interface doesn't have a follow button? :/

@lukedashjr
Did you try putting in their name in your search box? It maybe comes up with a follow button next to the results.

@alanturing Yeah, it showed nothing. :(

@[email protected] to be specific

(No, my instance does not block GAB, so that shouldn't be an issue)

@lukedashjr @alanturing Gab defederated itself. We can't work with them anymore.

@verretor @alanturing @JTR21 So in other words, GAB are hypocrites who got mad at others blocking them, but then they went and blocked literally everyone else...

Sigh. Are there any other reliable non-Bitcoin non-censoring servers I can recommend to people?

@verretor @lukedashjr @alanturing @JTR21 I'm not sure you really want 0% censorship. If someone were to start promoting shitcoin scams on bitcoinhackers.org, posting every minute of the day, would you not moderate that?

There are plenty of instances that don't censor much, and with Mastodon you can also migrate your account between instances without losing your social graph, in case you're unhappy on the one you chose first.

Here's a list of some popular instances: joinmastodon.org/communities

@raucao @verretor @alanturing @JTR21 joinmastodon only lists servers that censor reasonable things, last I checked

@lukedashjr @verretor @alanturing @JTR21 That may be (mostly) true. But I think e.g. qoto.org isn't one of them and still listed there as the #1 tech-related instance.

@raucao @verretor @alanturing @JTR21 "You must be...a S.T.E.M. student or professional to join our server." kinda excludes a lot of people unfortunately.

Besides, their rules indicate they do in fact censor reasonable things too. ("homophobic speech will not be tolerated" plus a vague condemnation of "hate speech")

@lukedashjr @raucao @verretor @alanturing

After the Reddit debacle, it is important to never join a service with an ambiguous set of rules.

"Homophobic" is not clearly defined, nor is "hate speech." That means: we remove whatever contradicts our personal narrative.

Fuck these people. They're liars.

@amerika @alanturing @lukedashjr @verretor They are not liars. You just disagree with them on what you find reasonable. Every community has its limits, including your "free speech extremist" instance.

@raucao @amerika @alanturing @verretor What is unreasonable about a blanket rejection of all non-procreative sexual activity? (I'm not asking if or why you don't agree, I'm asking where it is lacking in *reason*)

@lukedashjr @raucao @amerika @alanturing @verretor It's unreasonable because it's against what happens in nature. Many animals exhibit homosexual behaviour and humans (and other animals) have sex for non-procreative reasons (i.e. Fun), whether that's with the same or a different gender.

@Bitcoinlabrador @raucao @amerika @alanturing @verretor No, animals only exhibit homosexual behaviour in unnatural circumstances (eg, lack of a mate).

Animals act on instinct. Humans aren't animals - we are supposed to act on reason.

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@lukedashjr @raucao @amerika @alanturing @verretor No, that's factually incorrect. Homosexuality occurs in all kinds of circumstances and is generally very helpful (homosexual couples take on orphaned animals, for example).

@Bitcoinlabrador @lukedashjr @raucao @alanturing @verretor

...in theory.

In reality, homosexuality is how nature says, "uh oh, something went wrong here, so let's make sure it doesn't breed."

@amerika @alanturing @lukedashjr @verretor @raucao You're literally saying there's something wrong with homosexuals (other than the homosexuality, which I could understand the argument for)

@Bitcoinlabrador @lukedashjr @raucao @amerika @alanturing @verretor most sex among animals looks more like rape than anything resembling human intimacy-especially animal "homosexuality." It's about establishing dominance.

@LibertyRex @Bitcoinlabrador @lukedashjr @raucao @alanturing @verretor

Dolphins rape fish.

That's hilarious, and gross, and kind of sad, but I'm also not going to emulate them.

Even if the fish is REALLY CUTE
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