I have recently uncovered a user who seems to be opening temporary accounts at QOTO, blocking all the moderators so we dont see their posts and then posting high offensive material (nazi imagery, transphobic and hateful derogatory content, etc) and then proceeding to announce to block list moderators and possibly on the list in general in an attempt to get us banned.

The issue of users being able to block moderators and do **exactly** this is something I have brought up to @Gargron before probably over a year ago but he has never acted on fixing this issue and does not see it as needing fixing from what I could gather (he can interject here if he would like).

It is something we as moderators are powerless to detect or act against unless someone actually reports the content first, that is the only way we will even see it. Thankfully none of the block lists have actually acted on this and no damage to QOTO has been done. But seeing as this may continue I want to make others aware of the problem, press Gargron to fix the issue once more, and also encourage **anyone** who sees such content on QOTO to please report it so we can act on it.

I can not personally confirm this but according to the block-list operator they seem to have reason to think it is @snow behind the attacks. This would be in line with the behaviors from snow I have witnessed in the past.

For the attempt by snow to spam and falsely accuse instances see here:


For more information see these attempted block requests on QOTO that were made in this fashion:



@arteteco @Sphinx @khird

(Note: originally posted from @freemo account. Repasted here to show up in QOTO announcements as well)

@QOTO @Gargron @arteteco @Sphinx @khird @freemo
Kind of cancels the whole "moderation" thing if mods can be blocked.



Sure does, a user can literally spam all the most vile hateful or even ilelgal things they want all day and as long as the moderators are blocked, and especially if they post unlisted and only to likeminded people so no one would ever likely report them we would never hear about it.

Some user could come months later and see months and months of such posts and assume (understandably so) that our server condones such behavior. Thankfully none of that has gotten that far yet. But it has come come close a few times where I have found quite old accounts that had us blocked for months with some horrific content that I never saw and never got a report on.

@QOTO @Gargron @arteteco @Sphinx @khird

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