Was talking about Mastodon with an old-school sysadmin guy. We reached the realization that defederating from instances with no/bad moderation is essentially the same thing as blocking open relays back when you ran your own email server: open relays always end up getting used for spam, you block 'em to protect your users.

Email was and still is the first federated social network, so it already faced a lot of the same problems; we should study its solutions (and its failures).


@nindokag To be honest, I don't really see this analogy fit especially talking about "bad moderation". What does "bad moderation" mean? Do we have agreed-upon, acceptable standards and rules of what "good moderation" is? Who is entitled to come up with these? We should be able to answer this question *first* before we try to figure out how to technically enforce things. For e-mail and spam, these rules are pretty clear and had quite some years to become clear and agreeable for the most part.

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