web servers aren't like real life locations
trying to treat them like that will lead you down wacky nonsensical argument paths
& unlike democratically elected governments, admins aren't working for you. we run instances voluntarily & are working solely to make the best environment as *we* see it.*
joining a server is agreeing that you will accept the admin's decision-making regarding policy on that server.
* we are usually willing to take input, up to a point. be kind & we will listen.
I'm seeing the term "enby" used more and more often recently, and I think I like it.
For those unfamiliar, it's a shortening of "non-binary", referring to those who are not (or are not just) male or female.
Apologies to everyone for the technical issues over the last few days. Suffice to say that the instance is not having a good week, but I'm working on it.
@USBhumpDog A silenced instance is invisible to everyone except people following it. Media rejection means that any attachments to their posts are not brought over even if the posts are.
Suspension completely expunges users from that instance from the local database, so there's nothing coming through even if they can be followed.
Suspension is obviously a bigger deal than silencing.
So what would be a good, short term for the people on my instance? I don't like "users" because it sounds so clinical. I've toyed with using "guests" but that has a specific meaning on the web referring to unregistered folks. "The people on my instance" works but is long-winded.
I'm open to suggestions at this point.
I do not want to hear about your "zero tolerance" policy. Those hurt more people than the behaviour they're supposed to protect against. Take a stand, yes, but do so with a bit of flexibility and a bit of common sense, because reality will always defy neat categorisation.
Hey. Free copies of The #Witcher for anyone who wants. https://arstechnica.co.uk/gaming/2017/04/ars-gog-free-games-partnership/