I'm seeing a few new people cautiously say things like "let's enjoy this place before the bad people get here" and I just want to say:

Don't worry! They're already here! But thanks to the heroic work of your instance moderators and admins, you will never see them. And if they do show up then your mods will get rid of them: unlike Twitter, the reporting functions here are reviewed by real people who don't care about turning a profit, and instead focus on enforcing community guidelines

with minor psa about older internet fora 

@melissasage This is also how things used to work in the age of fora before social media. Especially for newer generations of folks that didn’t get to experience it, it’s worth a reminder that the bizarrely toxic, enforced-by-bots, nihilistic social media context is the anomaly, not the norm.

Local admins can just ban the shitlords. No appeals process. No zillions of extra accounts if their instances are configured properly. It’s that simple.

with minor psa about older internet fora 

@melissasage I mean, we still had interpersonal strife, but not monetizing eyeballs solves so, so much.

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with minor psa about older internet fora 

@Goldkin @melissasage we had our drama unmonetized, uphill both ways in the snow, because somebody pissed off somebody else for an exceptionally petty reason and then it became a whole big thing usually with at least one faked death, AND BY GOD WE LIKED IT THAT WAY

with minor psa about older internet fora 

@wigglytuffitout @Goldkin @melissasage oh, i'm not the only one who remembers USEnet then

with minor psa about older internet fora 

@thamesynne @wigglytuffitout @melissasage Saaaaame, and I got a chuckle out of this.

The drama is legendary. But it was a hell of a lot easier to swallow without regular injections of bot-campaign-pushed, bad faith nihilism that I do not miss from corporate media. And I’m grateful to instance admins for not letting that fly here.

with minor psa about older internet fora 

@thamesynne @wigglytuffitout @Goldkin @melissasage Can we get a rousing chorus of "The Lurkers Support Me In Email"?

LiveJournal was perhaps the boundary layer in between - it was (is) corporate-owned, but lacked brigading and, for the most part, the rest of current "social" media's toxicity. But, they wound up not giving a toss about their base, and all but handed over the baton to the newbie on the block, Tumblr, with plenty drifting to Twitter as well, finding they didn't /actually/ have all that much to say anyway. =:/

with minor psa about older internet fora 

@porsupah @thamesynne @wigglytuffitout @Goldkin @melissasage dreanwidth and the other LJ clones?

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