Is there a good "random acts of kindness" community in the fediverse?

submitted by dexa_scantron

I have a friend who likes making care packages for people; anyone know of a good outlet for that? Before Reddit got big there were a few good places on there but I'm drawing a blank now.

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Tyoda
OpenStars , edited

It is definitely best to check first, but if not, then that sounds like a great random act of kindness to create one and get it started here!? :-)

Edit: somehow I find it *hilarious* to think about people downvoting this OP and also my comment without any explanation whatsoever - like what a random act of kindness indeed, to just pop in unannounced with disapproval, as in you get a Karening and you get a Karening and you also get a Karening, imma give Karenings to *all* mu-wha-ha! :-P I know, I's iz sillies, and I like it that way:-P.

Refurbished Refurbisher

There's a community on Hexbear called mutualaid that's really nice, but IIRC Lemmy World defederated from Hexbear.

Lost_My_Mind

Ok, new to the fediverse, but I now have a question. I'M hosted on Lemmy.World. You're saying we defederated from Hexbear.

So, does that mean I can't go to Hexbear content since we defederated?

And it brings up a second question, how do I know WHY they defederated? Because I don't know anything about Hexbear, other than it's an instance we defederated from.

Because for all I know it could be personal bickering. "Oh those guys rooted for the wrong vampire in twilight......we only support the OTHER vampire!!!"

Meanwhile I'm like "I don't give a shit about any of this....

TeddE

You can review blocked instances here:

https://lemmy.world/instances

As for why? You're absolutely right, this is often over political issues(drama, censorship, values, etc), sometimes technical ones, and there's no guarantee that your instance's mods goals are aligned with yours. In a healthy instance, you can search for the name of a blocked instance and find a relevant post about why it was blocked.

There are also blocklists: https://gardenfence.github.io/ I don't know offhand if Lemmy.world makes use of them.

You can, of course, go to the blocked instance as a guest, to investigate or validate your mods' claims, but a blocked instance will not shoot up on your page.

Refurbished Refurbisher

I left Lemmy World in favor of my current account due to them defederating from instances. I like to be able to choose what I can and cannot interact with, and SDF doesn't defederate with anyone.

Lemmy allows for individuals to block instances in the account settings anyway.

AFAIK, lemmy.world defederated from hexbear due to political differences.

DocMcStuffin

At that time Lemmy didn't support instance blocking at the user level. After the devs released that update it still took time for world to upgrade. Updates were coming out every couple of weeks and world likes to wait for about 6 weeks of stability on a release.

OpenStars

I made the mistake of replying to someone in Chapotraphouse once, something I considered fairly innocuous like Biden had done better than my initial absolutely zero expectations for him.

What followed was a hailstorm of WEEKS of replies with the most batshit insane - and more importantly derogatory and demeaning - replies, worse even than I had experienced on Reddit, which at this point is really saying something! I stopped replying, I think I deleted the original comment or edited to say that I would no longer be replying, nothing helped. My consent to the "dunking" process was irrelevant - never mind that I was not OP, never mind that I had not read the community statement prior to engaging bc it appeared as an isolated post in my All feed, I was now being used as a target to vomit their feefees (feelings) all over onto.

And then a week later I did the same in a lemmygrad.ml post. I almost left the Fediverse after that - there is zero reason to put up with such nonconsensual and unannounced shit voluntarily. However, I was not made aware bc I was relatively new to the Fediverse, and my prior instance (Kbin.Social) had preemptively defederated from them, so I had no idea what I was walking into. Fortunately v0.19.3 came out allowing user blocking of an entire instance, so I blocked them all, recently adding lemmy.ml to that list, and now I'm happy.

So go to those instances at your own risk. No, it's nowhere close to mere differences in "political thinking", it's more like if you want a polite conversation using factual statements and logical reasoning vs. the polar opposite of that where if you don't parrot the talking points precisely then you get ridiculed ruthlessly for not knowing their internal set of "alternative fact talking points". i.e., I suppose it's what passes for "political differences" these days, like Russia would like to commit genocide in Ukraine while the latter would like that to *not* happen - you know, a "political difference".

If you are interested, here is a link to where I previously answered someone asking why people defederate from hexbear.net, including a link to read their very own words along with my commentary on that.:-)

GreyEyedGhost

Yeah, I don't feel a need to block people who are behaving badly around me. Perhaps I would if I had been inundated like you were. That said, I fully support you, me, or anyone else doing what they have to to maintain perspective and mental health, and I'm glad there are tools to facilitate that even if I never feel the need to use them.

OpenStars

Yeah it's not just "*around" but "to*" me as in several tens of replies, first in Chapotraphouse, and then all that *again* in lemmygrad.ml.

Tbf, they should feel absolutely free to be however they want - if that's their therapy to dunk on people - but that shit needs to be *labelled* in my strong opinion. Like someone can drink their own urine that's fine, but don't put it in a glass and tell *me* it's Mountain Dew:-D. Consent makes *all* the difference!!

Anyway, beyond my "delicate sensibilities", this tolerance of the intolerant affects us *all*. People are leaving, or not joining, the Fediverse b/c of this. I used to recommend it to people but I no longer do that. We talk collectively as if we desire more content, yet we turn away the source of that content - people. This singular issue has the potential to doom this project to failure from the start. Not entirely - b/c some people will remain no matter what happens - but for it to gain wider traction, we need to get past this. *Consent should make *all* the difference*! (But right now, it does not.)

So that is why I don't shut up about it:-). Even though it happened months in the past, and I've long since blocked them all. It *does* affect you - and all of us - even if only indirectly.

Lost_My_Mind

I'm just spitballing here, top of my head ideas, so not in anyway thought out finished concepts. Now with that being said, what if the fediverse handled the situation like this......

You, someone who's never heard of the fediverse goes to "Lemmy.com" and this website is not an instance. It's just a place to learn how the fediverse works, and gives you suggestions based on your input on where you might be happiest.

Maybe it has a spotlight on popular instances. Or a trending instances showcase. Whatever the case, you enter maybe 10 interests you have, gender, political leanings, ect. And it gives you a list of what it thinks you might like.

You can totally ignore it's suggestions, and join WHATEVER instance. The issue I had as a new user, is that I didn't know SHIT about Lemmy when I joined. I joined Lemmy.World because it seemed to be the most popular one. It's what google recomended.

I know you can export your settings. But step 1 in my opinion is being able to LITERALLY move your whole account. Post history, comments, up/downvotes, settings, preferences, subscribed communities. EVERYTHING.

So if I want to hop to another community, all I gotta do is go into settings, click the "change host instance" button, enter in my new instance, confirm I DO actually want to move everything, and then poof, now I'm somewhere else with no consequence to myself.

Now, since I said EVERYTHING moves with you, it also means this isn't a way to get around community bans. If a community banned you a year ago, you can't just switch instances and not be banned. You're still banned.

And anyone that YOU banned will remain in your banned list.

So that brings us to defederation. Right now, defederation is just permanent for the whole group. Two instances don't get along? Well now both communities userbases suffer for it. So what I suggest is that we reinvent the idea of what defederating is. Let's say two communities don't get along, and so the mods decide to defederate. Now you, as the user will get a message. "Such and Such instance that you're hosted on has decided to defederate from Such and Such Other instance. Do you agree?" If you say yes, then you have joined the defederation. You personally are defederated. If you say no, you remain federated with them. And any defederation the community has already done will be the default settings for that community. If for any reason you wish to re-federate at a later date, or upon signup, all you do is flip the switch back on for that comminity. Now you alone are re-federated with that community, but the default community stance is defederated.

And I know you can individually block the communitys and instances already, but this is more like giving the individual communities a personality. These are the values this community stands for. There may be individuals here who disagree with our stance, but this is generally the vibe we're looking to achieve here.

They could even have a link on every sidebar of defederated communities, along with a message from the mods under each one as long or as short as the mods want to write, that explains what happened so you can decide if their values line up with yours, or if you care. They could also show you numbers of who's following the defederation, or NOT following the defederation. So you get an idea of if that defederation actually is something that represents the people.

You could even hold votes inside the community. "Should we defederate from so and so?" and act accordingly upon the election end.

Because I've been pounding this point since I got here, that if you want to grow the userbase, you need to understand something very simple. Users are PEOPLE. People want easy. If blonde valley girl bimbo britney needs to think about something, it's too hard for her.

But at the same time, I TOTALLY get what you're going for with the decentralized approach to social media. So, for those who care about that, I think this method gives them control. Gives them access to tools to manage their own feeds. For those who just want to browse cat pictures and upvote them, and say "Awwww, cute kitty", they are already protected from what their instance considers to be harmful people. They don't have to think about hexbear, or lemmy.ml, or whatever that other instance that's shutting down.

But I'm not a code writer. I'm sure all the techies are going to give me 101 reasons why I'm wrong, why my opinions don't matter, and how stupid I am. Because that's just what the internet is these days.

GreyEyedGhost

Yeah, I get what you're saying and you absolutely shouldn't have to put up with stuff you're not okay with. That's the whole difficulty of free speech. You may have a right to be an asshole, but I have a right to not listen to assholes. And some of these places definitely have a lot of assholes, and do nothing to rein them in, then act surprised when no one wants to be associated with their space.

Disclaimer: I too can be an asshole at times, and I totally understand if people want to block me. That's the joy of freedom.

DocMcStuffin

Lemmy World announced the block about 10 months ago: https://lemmy.world/post/2498330

The larger instances usually setup a community just for announcements. For world it's !lemmyworld@lemmy.world

Lost_My_Mind

Subscribed now.

As you'll see, I've been here a month. Still learning. So thank you for that bit of info. It's very helpful.

10 months ago I'd never heard of a lemmy or a fediverse. 10 months ago I was high as balls on chemo drugs. I remember playing stardew valley, and I think at one point there was a grilled cheese. But the mysterious gyro truck disappeared. I haven't seen it in over a year now.

So I really can't say what I was up to 10 months ago. That might have been about the time I started living at progressive field. Baseball is life!

fmstrat

Since no one answered your question, my understanding is Hexbear was a breeding ground for trolls, abuse, and misinformation. After what I had seen I was all for the defederation.

For me, if there are a bunch of instances, run by individuals, not companies, that have no stake in each other, and they have all defederated from somewhere, there's probably a good enough reason for me to not go digging for "that one community there".

Rob T Firefly

If you're looking to do something nice for a stranger, the #MutualAid tag on Mastodon is worth perusing.