Building good communities is more important then enforcing rules
Helping someone understand why rules exist is more important then telling them what the rules are
You don't have to build your communities like you're a company. You can just TALK to people.
DO be explicit about your community norms. DO use your moderation tools to enforce them where necessary. But for the love of god, don't mistake rules lawyering for an actual community.
Last thought before bed:
The fact that you can't easily transfer identity between instances means _you have a stake in your community_. If you get kicked out, that has real cost - you lose your followers.
That means picking an instance requires care and commitment. I want to see how, as this thing grows, instances can develop individual flavor and values. I see this working really well.
The largest harm of the cryptocurrency world, besides people losing money via scams (they're taking crazy bets and I don't have much sympathy), is that they vacuum energy and attention away from "regular" decentralization initiatives that simply want to distribute power away from monolith tech companies into the hands of ordinary developers and people, without also inventing crazy new economies and political systems in the process. You don't need a cryptocurrency to beat Twitter.
A real good article on the federation and what Mastodon is in relation to it. https://robek.world/featured/what-is-gnu-social-and-is-mastodon-social-a-twitter-clone/
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