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new communities on fedi 

We (as in the collective of autonomous instances that make up fedi) need to come up with a better way to onboard new communities while keeping each other safe. The insular response is understandable from a safety approach, but the expectation for new communities to understand years of developed social norms drives people away.

I've seen this happen many times. What happened to ejhovan was probably the worst, but yeah.

new communities on fedi 

@polymerwitch who or what was ejhovan? I'm pretty new and don't have the context that a lot of mastodon culture was made in

new communities on fedi 

@anarchistbicycleclub ejhovan was an instance that popped up on here setup by a gay Black man who had a large following. Some might call him an influencer. The user base was largely Black which I mention because the proportion of the hate sent their way was probably related to that. Anyway, they were met with distrust and many pointed out that they didn't follow community expectations so they were isolated by the a huge part of fedi.

new communities on fedi 

@anarchistbicycleclub @polymerwitch Jovan Hill is/was a popular meme culture person, a Black person with a lot of Black fans and followers, who was suspended enough times from Twitter that he took to the fedi and started his own instance. People on fedi decided that all these Black people were immediately bad actors and tied to celebrity culture and would Ruin Fediverse and basically let them know they were unwelcome.

some background on the person: papermag.com/jovan-hill-twitte

new communities on fedi 

@polymerwitch Not to mention, it sorta goes against Freedom 0 to block political enemies - those who aren’t actually racist. By that, I mean not keeping instances out of the fediverse just because they have a different view. There are many issues where at first glance, the conservative view might seem racist, but a calm discussion might reveal otherwise. What about rational discussion and trying to understand where the other side is coming from?

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