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Things that make me worry about the future of Fedi: the real possibility that someday a major social media platform (I don't mean gab, let's be real, that's not really on the same level as Twitter) could implement AP and federate. They would be far, far too big to block, and it would get you far, far too much blowback from most users to do so.

This is basically why I think people should use small/single user instances.

Gab is an easy instance to block because let's be real, if you're on fedi, unless you're like an ancap, Nazi, or tankie, you probably don't have a single friend who uses Gab in a serious capacity. Twitter is not an easy sell to block to people who originally *came* from Twitter.

And if you've ever seen how Twitter users act (I assume most people have)... you know damn well Twitter being blocked is gonna make the world's most horrific discourse. You don't know the meaning of discourse til you've seen Twitter discourse.

Blocking Gab created *enough* drama, especially from concern trolls, tech bros, and people who have some bizarre nebulous idea that everyone can federate with everyone and be some giant happy family (not gonna happen; cite: literally anyone who gets out at all). That, plus "you're blocking my friends."

Fuck, if Twitter wanted to kill fedi, just implement AP. It would be like throwing a molotov cocktail into the fediverse.

@CobaltVelvet that's the difference between a house fire and the great chicago fire

@Elizafox idk somehow i think it would just be back to the regular bullshit after barely a few days

people who get upset over instance blocks would get upset, as usual, and get ignored by people who do, as usual

@ckeen As if they don't already got some people in house thinking the exact same stuff.

@Elizafox
I agree, maybe it'd be like a bomb, I'd block it immediately

@Elizafox Why would tankies want to interact with Gab? Just to get into fights? Or is Gab not exclusively the domain of white supremacists?

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@Elizafox

Here in South Africa there are a lot of really great groups doing good work in areas I care about.
However, just about every last one of those people is not "savvy" enough regarding how the internet *actually* works to grasp the value and meaning behind obscure terms (obscure to them at least) like: "decentralised" or "federated". They're all in farcebook, or twatter or that other video site (the one that isn't peertube).

So the problem is I want to engage with these folks, start conversations with them, maybe even collaborate on projects. However, my only option right now would be to go and actively use some part of the YouTwitFace 'verse, and I've said to myself that the goals we aim to achieve are bigger than my biases against these platforms, I really shouldn't censor or restrict myself by avoiding them. And yet I find myself simply unable to participate in those places. They are just .... terrible and toxic and (you know).

But if I could stay in my own #Friendica instance and send/receive messages to them without ever leaving here, well, that would just change everything for me.

#JustAThought
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