Was talking about Mastodon with an old-school sysadmin guy. We reached the realization that defederating from instances with no/bad moderation is essentially the same thing as blocking open relays back when you ran your own email server: open relays always end up getting used for spam, you block 'em to protect your users.

Email was and still is the first federated social network, so it already faced a lot of the same problems; we should study its solutions (and its failures).



> Email was and still is the first federated social network

No it wasn't, not by a long shot. The concept has been in use since the very dawn of civilisations.

If you restrict your study to electronic communication you end up with a mountain of hidden variables. For a start: cost barriers.

Do yourself a favour and stop thinking of this if it was any sort of innovation.

@61 Did any of the ancient offline networks use techniques we could learn from, that you know of?

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