We are defederating from starting today.

We cannot stress enough the need for decentralization of online spaces so all voices, the erased ones in particular, can be heard in a caring way.

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@admin could you point at any reasons why are you defederating so others can consider it too? their coc seems ok and they are defederating a lot (most?) of facist instances?

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@luka @admin The decision was made out of an overabundance of caution for our user base, some of which have faced harassment on the fedi from bad actors hiding on large instances with lacking moderation. Thats it. Its not a condemnation of the userbase. Its only that we saw far too many red flags from the Admin's response to calls for accountability by other admin and users across the fedi.

This decision is being kept open for discussion as we're all hopeful that in the near future, we'll be able to openly federate with them again. I'm hopeful its simply growing pains and us being overly cautious.

@admin is there any explanation you can point to about this at all? Thanks

@ikora Like Dumi said, its being done out of an overabundance of caution for the protection of our users. Kolektiva has almost 5k users now and last I'd heard, only 1 Admin (it could have changed by now). For scale, RL has 76 users but 3 Admin and 2 Mods and even between the 5 of us there's still a lot of work to do.

its just concerning that such a large instance with open registration has so little oversight.

@glitter I see! Thank you for the explanation. I was checking what I should look out for.

@ikora I'm always willing to help out if I can. Just shoot me a DM or @ me.

@glitter I’ve gotten a DM from them in response to my question. They said they have 6 mods. So yeah it’s a different style instance it appears.

@ikora Oh thats a great thing to hear. I'm not in favor of micromanaging users but its always good to have a set of eyes out for bad actors.

@glitter @ikora they have a lot more admins now actually, I'm in contact with the Kolektiva mods and they're very proactive about dealing with issues.

are you considering refederating at some point in the future, or at least changing it to a silence so communications aren't totally lost?

@keith @ikora One of our mods contacted Kolektiva mods yesterday afternoon shortly after defederation and established a conversation with them. The defed isn't permanent, we agreed on that collectively. We'll be revisiting the decision soon to discuss re-federation because genuinely most of us dont want to completely lose contact with them.

@glitter @keith that’s really really cool and I’m happy that folks are willing to put in a bit of effort to keeping relationships going. It’s a great sign. And thank you for following up. I don’t object or anything. I’m just trying to learn and understand things here. Thank you for helping with that.

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