I have posted an idea for Mastodon moderation and spam fighting on Mastodon Discourse and would love to get feedback on it:

@hugo as often stated, the broad scope of instances/communities have different understanding/classification what is harassment, advertizing or spam. That makes it difficult for overall or general lists.
For only some obvious cases a general agree to block may be reached.

@vilbi I totally get that and that is why the idea is that you can subscribe and unsubscribe to one or several instances/lists that you feel matches your instance.
For example, I have a couple of instances where I just copy paste their announced block but that requires me to manually go there and check and that they don't forget to keep the list updated.

It's just an idea, I really don't know and haven't thought about it enough to know if it would be functional or not.

@hugo @vilbi I think it has potential. The way I would see it working is instance A blocks a domain, and there is an extra checkbox to mark as spam or RBL.

This is then replicated across to other instances and the admin on instance B can review the spam/RBL and decide if they want to block them too.

@kev yep, I thought about manual approval on the instance B too but never thought about that option to mark it spam or RBL, I like it.

This idea may lead to all sorts of problems that I may not be thinking about but it came to me as a way to partially automate moderation. I don't know, just wanted to put it out there for discussion :)


@hugo @kev manual is a way to differ from all stupid central blocklists...

@hugo @vilbi I imagine there would be a lot of parallels with the reporting system code too.

Instead of reporting a toot/account, you’re effectively reporting an instance to other instances. As with most things, it would be open to abuse though.

@kev By default an instance RBL list is empty and it works like today. If you find an instance you want to follow the moderation you can manually add the instance(s) to your list.

For example, if I trust your instance moderation I would add your instance to the list of RBLs my instance follows. Only if you block some domain, will it propagate to me.

So, unless I manually follow an RBL/instance that is trying to do something abusive, there wouldn't be any major issues I can think of.

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