So it seems joinmastodon removed QOTO from their directory without cause, without contacting us, and without any discussion or due diligence.

Since this is the only way to actually find QOTO for new users if it isnt reversed soon it could mean the end for our wonderful community.

If you care about this place remaining fair, respectful, and inclusive environment I highly suggest everyone reach out to them annd voice your objecttion and your disapointment and having no procedure to keep this fair and inclusive.

If you want to see QOTO stick around you can email your objecttion here:

Feel free to CC me here:

Please be respectful, we want to show them we are the good guys and not give them any reason to object.

@Gargron @trinsec @khird

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@freemo @Gargron @trinsec @khird there is absolutely a cause dude, you got squirrelly when asked about your CSAM policy


What? We said we never faced it and would have to vote onn the incident but would almost certainly block it... what are you on about.

@Gargron @trinsec @khird


What about it, all changes to the rules must be voted on by the three elected mods... We coted on it shortly after being asked and decided (as expected) it would warrant a block. Our rules were updated to reflect that:

"Offending servers will only be silenced, not blocked, blocks will be reserved for technical assaults only such as DDoS attacks, or legal issues such as sexual abuse and child porn."

@Gargron @trinsec @khird


Also after being asked I discussed with our moderators and we all agreed we would block servers that conduct illegal business including sexual abuse and child porn. We have explicitly put this in our rules since then as is seen on our about page here:

"Offending servers will only be silenced, not blocked, blocks will be reserved for technical assaults only such as DDoS attacks, or legal issues such as sexual abuse and child porn."

So again... nonsennse.

@Gargron @trinsec @khird

Your community will die without being listed on joinmastodon? :smug2: :smug: :smug2: :smug4:

@freemo @Gargron @trinsec @khird
So I'm curious how all this got started.
What is the origin story?
Right or wrong...


Since they didntt bother to do even the minimal due dilligance of reaching out to us I cant even say. we only have speculation right now.

@Gargron @trinsec @khird

@freemo @Gargron @trinsec @khird Sorry, that's my fault putting out physics weather. I was worried about this. Or... perhaps I am full of myself.

@freemo @trinsec @khird if we bully you more maybe @Gargron will think "oh, since the nazis hate them, they must be good!" and reinstate y'all
so here it goes:

haha freemo you triggered nigger, blocking me since 31 aug 2021, how does it feel to be excluded as well now huh??? huh?????? get rekt lmao

@freemo @Gargron @trinsec @khird this is frustrating, but I would recommend some patients. I choose this instance because it had a sustainable moderation scheme. Many others basically came down to "we all love each other and we will kick off anyone we don't like." With the rapid growth in this space it will not be long until there is some controversy that divides the community. When it comes, Qoto will have a robust policy in place while the Love-and-harmony people will struggle with conflict resolution.

As the new owner of another place is discovering content moderation is hard, nuanced, and not something a community of any scale will agree on. Admins who operate with moral absolutes are going to get run over.


This has already started to happen long ago.. I agree, our policies are more able to handle the growth.

@Gargron @trinsec @khird

@freemo @Gargron @trinsec @khird email sent and cc: to @freemo

BTW I was chastised for being on this instance because it was on a block list for being insufficiently gay friendly. The reasoning made little sense to me but I took a look at policy and decided that the person chastising me was, from my perspective, overreacting.


Yea, we are **very** strongly pro LGBTQ+ and our moderation policies and practices have always reflectred that.

The irony is that it is explicitly our protectionn of the LGBTQ community that lead to a lot of the misinformation about us spreading in the first place.

See this post:

@Gargron @trinsec @khird

@freemo @Gargron @trinsec @khird From: Don R-C bounced, so here's the email:

Sent: Sat Nov 19 12:03:27 CST 2022
Subject: Removal from directory
Good day,

I am, I suppose, a member of the "Twitter Migration". I arrived at as it advertised as STEM-oriented. Indeed it is and I'm pleased to be on that instance.

The moderation policies matched my belief that moderation should be light handed in most cases but firm enough to give me options. Blatantly illegal content is blocked by policy and I have an array of options to further restrict the posts I see. So far, I have seen nothing even remotely offensive so I assume the policies are working.

I understand that has been removed from your registry without cause. I found through joinmastodon and I can confirm that it is no longer listed as a Technology instance. This saddens me because it means fewer like-minded people joining this instance.

I ask you to reconsider your reasons for removing and return it to your registry.

Don Rideaux-Crenshaw,

@freemo @Gargron @trinsec @khird As an educator (a human being) on, of course, I'm opposed to abuse of children (and adults or animals). I'd hate to see banned and not available at a time when I'm encouraging thousands of educators to come here. I haven't encountered anything inappropriate in my time here. My response? Do whatever is necessary to send that message and be reasonable about actions taken when necessary.


Luckily we remain int he top 20 servers in terms of reach (people who can hear you when you post)... so shouldnt be a huge problem for you.

@Gargron @trinsec @khird

More concerning to me is that Qoto is now being blocked by a couple servers on joinmastodon and some other ones I also recognize:

There's probably more, I got tired of looking.

@freemo @trinsec @khird


Thats not entierly accurate. reversed our block once the community reached out to them.. is shutting down and many of its users moved to us.

As for the last three, look at their block lists, its so long your finger will get a cramp scrolling it, they effectively block almost the entire fediverse.

@trinsec @khird

@freemo @trinsec @khird

So the people I was following (I think at least 2) are gone from my following list, do I have to refollow them, or will they reappear at some point?


you will probably need to refollow them.. it may be the hackyderm server didnt update yet with their own block list.

@trinsec @khird

@freemo @trinsec @khird

That's true about the last three, octodon even blocks, I dunno why anyone would be one it.

I'm going from the list from

I don't know how it gathers it's information, but is still on it, which has people I really want to follow. I will remain patient though and hope things work out.

@freemo hope you have already looked into this, if not, this might be something to consider doing

Leaving you the original tweet thread.


Thank you, though i did get an answer not too long ago... He sighted two reasons

The first he mentioned was because I used a tool that happened to be wrritten by someone at kiwifarms (though it wasnt under their domain name so i had no idea) that provited a list of blocked servers. I reached out to a handful of serverrs on that list to see if there were any problems with our server I could resolve.

The other reason is because we leave it to our users to decide who to federate with (this one seems like a weak excuse since this has been the case since day one when we got on the list).

@Gargron @trinsec @khird

Sent a very polite and respectful email asking them to reconsider.

@freemo @Gargron @trinsec @khird

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