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Shangri-La denizens: How do you want me to moderate this place? 

So I've been wondering how to moderate the federated timeline. Every now and then I see something there that is not cw'd that I don't really want to see. Normally on birdsite I would just mute the person (as in, user mute, not admin related), but here I'm paranoid about muting someone and then not being able to see what they post if they are posting stuff that warrants action.

I feel like one course of action could be for me (and other users who may not like certain content) to mute the user and leave unpleasant content on the timeline.

If there is stuff that does psychic damage on the federated TL, do you actually mute it? If there's stuff that violates the rules (which I'd like to define further at some point), or in general is abusive, illegal, etc, would you actually report it so I can take action if I don't see it?

I'm trying to feel out if we want an instance that is more heavily moderated to make a timeline that is less aggro by default (not that I feel our TL is aggro), or keep my biases out of it and let users use the tools available to curate their experiences. For what it's worth, I think the strongest action taken in any mild moderation case would be silencing a user from TL, so the people following still see content in home, just not on federated TL. This way anyone is free to consume the content they want, it is just not advertised on the federated TL.

Thoughts? Opinions?

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Shangri-La denizens: How do you want me to moderate this place? 

@max I'd say it would be fair to make a collective decision to filter certain content. The federated timeline is like drinking from the firehose of what each separate instance sees as acceptable content. It's basically a question of what content this instance sees as unacceptable enough to filter from the firehose.

Shangri-La denizens: How do you want me to moderate this place? 

@max (if any)

Shangri-La denizens: How do you want me to moderate this place? 

@zxfrmbot Yeah I think that makes sense.

I suppose the next question is what is a suitable mechanism of collective decision?

The simplest thing is probably to allow everything not already explicitly disallowed in rules, and we can identify changes we might want to make to the rules to improve timeline as things come up.

I guess process is just start a thread and tag some people to discuss.

On the note of the rules, we don't really have any, I'm linking to mastodon.social's rules in our about page (as seen here shangri-la.cloud/about/more) which I hope is a good enough starting place. Can fork from it once necessary.

Shangri-La denizens: How do you want me to moderate this place? 

@max I mean I’m chill with either option tbh. I mostly just use our(?) timeline and don’t use the other ones

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