The "Federated Timeline Dictators" made headlines, hurting the #Fediverse
as a whole in the process. Claiming "freedom" but imposing their own personal and/or server rules on other people in another server. 👿😾😠😡💢🤬Reminder
: The federated timeline is no one's personal timeline! Use your "local timeline" and "personal timeline" if you don't want to see anything you don't like! You can not impose your personal and/or server/instance rules on other people in another server/instance.
This issue has been around since #Mastodon
went public last year and here it is again. This time the FTD hurt everyone connected via #ActivityPub
. FTDs, like it or not, you don't own the ActivityPub / OStatus network.
As he explains in his new post, Wheaton hoped to find a better social media home elsewhere. He wanted someplace where he could enjoy the positive aspects of online interactions without the negative. He gave new #microblogging network Mastodon a try but was disappointed.
“I found a harsh reality that I’m still trying to process: thousands of people who don’t know me, who have never interacted with me, who internalized a series of lies about me, who were never willing to give me a chance,” Wheaton says of his brief experience with Mastodon. “I was harassed from the minute I made my account, and though I expected the ‘shut up wesley’s and ‘go f**k yourself’s to taper off after a day or so, it never did. And even though I never broke any rules on the server I joined (Mastodon is individual “instances” which is like a server, which connects to the ‘federated timeline’, which is what all the other servers are), one of its admins told me they were suspending my account, because they got 60 (!) reports overnight about my account, and they didn’t want to deal with the drama.”
“I don’t deserve to be treated so terribly by so many random people, so I’m not going to put myself in a place where I am subjected to it all day long,” he says. “Please do your best to be kind, and make an effort to make the world less terrible.”
It is worth noting Wheaton also has a history of anxiety and depression, something he has written about recently.