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*)

@kekcoin @lukedashjr @raucao @alanturing @verretor

I agree. However, that doesn't mean that others want to encounter it.

Gay people need gay spaces.

Heterosexuals are innately repulsed by homosexual behavior, so we need our own spaces.

DADT is the best it gets. "Keep bedroom matters, in the bedroom."

@amerika @alanturing @kekcoin @lukedashjr @verretor @raucao
"Heterosexuals are innately repulsed by homosexual behavior, so we need our own spaces."
🤦‍♀️ oh boy...
you need to get out more. meet more people. that statement is very false.

@pox @alanturing @kekcoin @lukedashjr @verretor @raucao

I've been around awhile. It's consistently true. We don't like hearing about men sucking each other off, fisting each other to the elbow, or sodomizing each other. We associate gay sex with poo and AIDS.

But, we don't hold it against you as long as we don't have to notice it.

@amerika @alanturing @lukedashjr @pox @verretor @raucao I'm sure your sample set is completely unbiased and your sample size representative.

@kekcoin @alanturing @lukedashjr @pox @verretor @raucao

You've just admitted you have no idea who I am or what my experience is, or where I have lived, so I accept your concession.
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