F9or those who havent seen it yet this is the article that everyone is yelling at each other over across the #fediverse
@freemo I have some empathy for the situation Eugen finds himself in, but caving to Nazis is never a good idea (not to mention, never the ethical choice).
@arinbasu @freemo The reason this matters is that the joinmastodon list is not itself federated, but it is what people encounter when they wish to join.
I would not have found it if I had joined a few days later.
And I wouldn’t have been happy with any of the choices I was presented with. That’s not good for the #fediverse, and it’s not good for people fleeing Twitter. Often #qoto is exactly the right place for them.
@arinbasu @freemo My promoting #qoto on Twitter is one way to bypass the gatekeeping, and I encourage others to do so as well.
An alternate curated list would also be possible, but a lot of work, and you’d have to find a way to get it front of people who just know “mastodon” and type it into their search bar.
I think this passage says it all:
"The reason QOTO became a focal point at this time is because *we were one of the only servers that allowed our users to choose what content they wanted to block*, and made our blocklist optional, but at the same time *had a zero tolerance stance for hate speech and prejudice*. It became a haven for the LGBTQ+ community that wanted the freedom to choose for themselves what instances make the cut or not."
Do you want to be treated as an *adult* - free to explore the world but held responsible for what you do and say, or as an *infant* that needs protection because they don't know yet how to navigate this world and cannot be held responsible for what they do and say?
QOTO: Question Others to Teach Ourselves
An inclusive, Academic Freedom, instance
All cultures welcome.
Hate speech and harassment strictly forbidden.
I joined qoto earlier this year. Qoto was on the list of recommended instances.
I haven't seen one term being used: virtue signaling. I think it's possible that once a name has become unpalatable in a group--especially with the aire of "you're with us or against us"--it's hard to pull out of that. Personally, I don't see what the big deal is; it seems like a misunderstanding around the term "free speech", which for some includes hate speech, causing others to think qoto supports that.