[tech] Managing un-moderated account creation and it's side-effects

Sean Conner sean at conman.org
Fri Jan 8 04:31:30 GMT 2021

It was thus said that the Great Mansfield once stated:
> I've been 'thus said'ed!! :-D Thank you.

  You're welcome.

> On Thu, Jan 7, 2021 at 1:03 AM Sean Conner <sean at conman.org> wrote:
> >   I know the US (since I live there) tries to make a distinction between a
> > "publisher" and a "platform" and one of the differences comes down to
> > moderation---do too much and you can fall into the "publisher" category
> > which makes you more liable for what is said than if you are in the
> > "platform" category.  Too little moderation and, as you say, is also
> > troublesome.
> I'm not too worried - and now I can see how attempts to find a desirable
> outcome from constricting and controlling too much might lead to an
> undesirable outcome anyway if the situation is seen as more-like-publisher.
> Good food for thought. I get the sense that you would lean more toward
> little to no moderation, which can make sense. From the little that I've
> seen, I *think* that if I wanted an 'account' on your gemini server I would
> need to email you. Are you able to keep up with the invites, or, said
> another way, do you sometimes wish you weren't in the middle?

  If you are talking about this link:


then no one has ever asked for access.  So in that sense, yes, I've been
able to keep up with the subscription rate.  It was more of a way for me to
test client certificates than anything else.

> > [1]
> > https://lobste.rs/moderations?moderator=%28All%29&what%5Busers%5D=users\
> > <https://lobste.rs/moderations?moderator=%28All%29&what%5Busers%5D=users%5C>
> >
> >         I'm not sure if you can read the link if you aren't a member.
> >
> The link worked fine for me and I'm not a member. Interesting that there
> seem to be a dozen to a few dozen 'moderation actions' a week.

  Cool.  So you can get an idea for how that works then.  


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