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Reporting, Blocking instances/pods, etc.


So, what's the overall status of tools to deal with bad people here in #Friendica?

You can block individual profiles, which is good, but can we, the users, have an option to block entire instances like you can in #Mastodon? For example, I'd _really_ like to block the share.naturalnews.com pod, since it's apparently a hub for conspiracy theorists and bigots. Also, is there anything that's close to a report feature? How do I report posts and profiles? There are literal nazis jerking it to swatikas and I see nowhere to report it so that it gets removed and no one else has to deal with it.

I understand that Friendica is free-software and entirely run by volunteers, so it's fine if these features are not here _yet_, but on the other hand, the lack of these features might be intentional, which, if true, really sucks.

#helpme #support

As I am given to understand, if nobody in your pod connects to anyone on the pod you're trying to avoid, that pod's content won't automatically be fed into your pod's network stream. So the best way to avoid it is, if you see posts from that pod in yours, start a campaign to get people to unfollow them.

As far as reporting, you can report posts you feel are inappropriate to the author's podmin, but it's up to them whether they take any action (their pod, their rules; if you don't like it, block them). If your pod had the Superblock add-on installed, this might be a good candidate.

if you see posts from that pod in yours, start a campaign to get people to unfollow them.


Eeehhh, this really shouldn't be necessary. We need the tools to keep these people away and prevent them from poisoning the conversation.

Same goes for directly talking to the admin. Not having a report system right there, on click away, is an unnecessary barrier that's bound to disincentivize reporting.

I really don't like this caveat emptor way of thinking about the network. The admins should actively protect their networks and the tools should be there for them to do so effectively.

I'll admit that blocking alone makes Friendica already much better in that regard when compared to Diaspora and, again, I understand if the developers have their hands full right now and can't implement what's needed, but the lack of tools needs to be recognized as a problem.

Not having a report system right there, on click away, is an unnecessary barrier that's bound to disincentivize reporting.
that's a feature

the unability to block entire nodes, not sure about the existance for profiles for the whole node, has for know been "defended" out of a lack of necessity and "good enough arguments" as for what I have seen.

@bitpickup
I'm not sure what you mean? Are you against being able to report posts or just against blocking entire servers/pods?

I do think that blocking by nodes of nodes or profiles should be public on a dedicated page. Shadowblocking is a perverted invention of twitter.

@bitpickup
What do you mean "public on a dedicated page"? I don't get it.

To be honest, I'm not sure I get what you're defending here. Are you for or against moderation tools and to what extent?

I don't like the idea of abusing podmins for moderation.

I think it's problematic to block profiles for entire nodes and worth blocking entire nodes.

I think that there has to be complete transparancy about blocking from the node side.

I think the idea is reasonable. Admins can block whole servers, but Friendica users need better blocking tools (devs seem to agree). In the meantime, it seems like either of the two profile-blocking server add-ons (Blockem and SuperBlock) could be extended to allow blocking all content from a site.

it seems like either of the two profile-blocking server add-ons (Blockem and SuperBlock) could be extended to allow blocking all content from a site.
that's sounds fair enough and leaves the admin out of the ecuation

As long as the local node admin enables the add-on in the first place! 😀