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

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, 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:

@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. 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 @alanturing @verretor I think that's the wrong question. The question is what your community finds reasonable in regards to you encroaching on others' freedoms, like their right to choose sexual partners. If you are not tolerant of their sexuality, then why should they be tolerant of your opinion on it?

@lukedashjr @raucao @alanturing @verretor Exactly, live and let live. I just hope other more conservative minded folks will still live by that mantra once they become dominant again. While I can live with their disapproval I really don't fancy being prosecuted or killed for liking guys 😩

@sebx2a @lukedashjr @raucao @alanturing @verretor

We can all coexist as long nobody is trying to seek power to top the other side. But it is an unstable equilibrium.

@PunaneMarker @lukedashjr @raucao @alanturing @verretor It might not always be unstable if the cost of suppression rises significantly, e.g. because defensive weapons hugely outperform offensive ones in cost/effectiveness.

I'm dreaming of a future where even small communities have the means to resist larger powers because it's too costly to breach their perimeters. I think this option alone will make people realize it's better to cooperate than dominating each other.

@sebx2a @PunaneMarker @lukedashjr @raucao @alanturing
"The worst policy of all is to besiege walled cities."

— Sun-Tzu, The Art of War

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