fediblock meta grumping, ableism, racism (363 words)
as far as we can tell, the chain of events is:
0. back in july, a mastodon.social instance moderator decided to mock people for harmless behavior, accidentally did an ableism, got criticized for it, and made excuses
1. a few days ago, the same m.s mod, still an mod, decided to mock people who had a different understanding of fediverse social norms by calling said people flagrantly ableist names
2. said m.s mod responded to their posts being reported by making public posts mocking the people reporting them
3. a disabled fediverse user pointed this out, pointed out that m.s has no rules against ableism in their code of conduct, and suggested that people who were already considering defederation from m.s for past controversies go ahead and do it
4. said m.s. mod responded by
a. mocking the people calling for their removal as mod
b. mocking the entire concept of cancelling people
c. deleting the more flagrant of the original flagrantly ableist posts and making a "sorry if that language caused anyone pain" not-apology
d. going back to wall-to-wall mockery
6. people implying that m.s did nothing wrong this time and that the people pushing for defederation are a bunch of racist white queer Seattlite furries busy claiming they're the next Malcolm X
we don't know who all are out there is showing their partial or entire asses in support of defederation - I'm sure multiple people are - but it doesn't make us happy to see a conversation about actual and flagrant ableism being painted as baseless racist posturing that it is the fediverse's duty to mock
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p.s. somewhere in the ??? zone, the m.s. mod posted another apology. it wasn't for being ableist.
p.p.s. we gather that the malcolm x thing was a quote from a white person who found it inspiring and didn't think through the optics of being a white person quoting a black person while criticizing a PoC.
p.p.p.s. mastodon dot social still has no rules against ableism in their code of conduct.
still grumpy, still meta, 246 words re: fediblock meta grumping
here's the thing.
this morning, reading last night's timeline, we saw a post about how opposition to "screenshot dunking" is used to silence genuine critique backed up by screenshotted evidence, and screenshotting something in a discussion of how it's problematic is very different from screenshotting to mock someone for harmless traits.
the post we saw boosted was in a thread about this kind of opposition to screenshot dunking.
this thread came after the OP had boosted an unrelated post screenshotting a "reply guy" and, for no clear reason (or, I say darkly, no clear /justifiable/ reason), said replier's profile page.
the screenshotted posts from the "reply guy" were an out-of-context expression of frustration by them at the end of a thread where said replier was trying to defend instances publicly announcing their forthcoming defederations from mastodon.social.
this is what I'm talking about when I say "step 5. ???". some kind of alchemy happened in the social dynamics of a substantial community within the fediverse to turn "mastodon dot social has an ableism problem in its moderation" into "the fediverse is problematic because they yell about 'screenshot dunking' when we collect receipts". or "the fediverse is problematic because it's a bunch of white people wrapping themselves in the mantle of black people to attack poc". or what the fuck ever stock "the fediverse sucks" argument.
mastodon dot social still has no provision against ableism in their code of conduct.
re: fediblock meta grumping, ableism, racism (363 words)
@packbat this... yes, this pretty much describes the entire sequence of events that I saw, and THANK YOU. 💚 💚 💚
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