Since moving this instance to "requires a reason for joining" field in the signup, that has SO helped us prune out spammers.
3 out of 10 are clearly real humans, & we add -- Rest are grifters, spammers, and sales accounts -- and happy to say we are keeping this instance free from them.
Highly recommend ALL admins move to this setting. .
From the screen below we got ten separate requests to join where the reason was just "I want to push escort services to users." Bye.
FYI: to keep the community human and spam-free, I'm being extra careful on screening our requests for new members.
If you remember, we have opened this back up to new members joining the instance, but only by "request an invite" to keep out spammers, etc.
This is just a public note to those who want to join the instance: you are welcome, but add "why do you want to join" to help me separate real users from bad actors.
This feels a bit like "Stockholm syndrome" to big, centralized platforms. You don't see similar critiques made about email servers, or podcast aggregators, or other decentralized systems.
In all those cases it comes down to: vet out and choose your servers/instances that are trustworthy and well run.
And as Elon showed today and it isn't only smaller services that can change overnight. And as MySpace, GooglePlus, Apple Ping, Twitter Vine, etc, show, it isn't only smaller services that die.
I feel the same… #Mastodon moving content standards down to each instance/community was as important an innovation as any part of its innovations in distributed social networking….
Hey not bad: our latest numbers for so far...
On this instance, we have 1.73K users making this their fediverse home, publishing 10.4K posts so far.
You all rock. #admin
Technologist, writer, admin of indieweb.social. Fascinated by how new politics impacts technology and vice versa.
INDIEWEB.SOCIAL is an instance focused on the #Openeb, #Indieweb, #Fediverse, #Mastodon #Selfsovereign #identity (#SSI), #Humanetech and #Calm technologies evolution.