See the thread and the comments of this.
In the first place I trust people, no matter who she or he is, that that person is telling the truth unless the opposite is proven. I know, that's sometimes silly.
So I believe Wil that he did nothing that caused others to complain about him, because I haven't read those postings myself. But what I could read in the comments was some sort of haters that gonna hate no matter what the other side is saying.
Maybe some other fellows do have a deeper inside of this story, until then the presumption of innocence stays valid, even for celebrities.
My question in the first place is:
how should we deal with this kind of issues? From my history of being a sysop of a BBS in the 90s, being a forum moderator in the 2000s and through all the decades as an channel op in several IRC channels, even larger ones, I do have bad feelings of how this dispute evolved so badly and I don't know if the admin of that Mastodon instance acted correctly, although I can understand that she/he maybe just wanted to protect that instance from attacks and other bad stuff and the simplest thing might appear to cancel the account in question.
What is your opinion on this kind of disputes? How would you react when a shitstorm hits one of your users? I think we all agree that sexism, racism and hate speech is not acceptable and needs to be stopped. But from what I read so far in this case I'm not so sure who is on which side? My impression so far is, and I experienced this kind of behaviour several times, that there is someone that said something in the past that was understood in a different way, but now a group of people is acting against that person as if there is no tomorrow, no matter what that person is saying or how often that person tries to clarify that issue and excuses him.
Your opinion, please.
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All of those social networks do have their own focus:
Friendica: basically can connect to all other social networks, which is quite nice because there exists historically two different worlds: the Federation (Diaspora, Socialhome) and the Fediverse (GnuSocial, Mastodon, postActiv, Pleroma). Only Friendica and Hubzilla can federate with both: Federation and Fediverse.
Friendicas look&feel appears sometimes a little bit outdated and old, but it works very well and reliable.
Hubzilla: is the second player in the field of connecting both federations, but has a different focus. It is more of one-size-fits-all approach. If you need a microblogging site, a wiki, a cloud service, a website, etc. then Hubzilla is the way to go. The look&feel is a little bit more modern, but there are some quirks that appears a little odd to me. A unique feature for Hubzilla seems to be the concept of "nomadic accounts": you can move to a different hub and take all your data with you. Read more about that in the Hubzilla documentation.
Mastodon: this aims to be a replacement for Twitter as a microblogging service. It looks nice and shiny, has a bunch of nice clients for smartphones and has the largest userbase by far (which is not that important because of federation).
But the web GUI is rather limited and weird, as far as I can tell after just some days.
Technically spoken these are the main differences:
- Friendica: MySQL/MariaDB, PHP on the server, Clients: some Android clients, no iOS client
- Hubzilla: MySQL/MariaDB or PostgreSQL, PHP on the server, Clients: don't know, didn't care so far.
- Mastodon: PostgreSQL, Ruby on the server, Clients: many iOS and Android clients available
I'm not that big Ruby fan and if I remember correctly the Ruby stuff turned me away from Diaspora years ago and made me switch to Friendica, because back then it was a pain to maintain Diaspora. Mastodon addresses this by offering Docker container for the ease of installation and maintenance. But as I'm no Docker fan either, I followed the guide to install Mastodon without Docker, which works so far as well (for the last 3 days ).
So after all my Friendica node is still my favorit, because is just works and is reliable. Hubzilla has a different approach and offers a full set of webfeatures and nomadic accounts. The best I can say about Mastodon at this moment is: it runs on PostgreSQL and has nice clients on mobile devices.
Here are my instances:
- Friendica: https://nerdica.net/
- Hubzilla: https://silverhaze.eu/
- Mastodon: https://nerdculture.de/
PS: "A quick guide to The Free Network" by Sean Tilley on https://medium.com/we-distribute/a-quick-guide-to-the-free-network-c069309f334