On the other hand, I think we need to take a decision about other instances following us.
On Mastodon, bad servers get blocked all the time. I guess it’s just the same for Peertube?
Every week new instances start following us. It’s currently 24 (we only follow 1, Vidicon): https://videos.scanlines.xyz/about/follows
Some seem to be OK (if rarely interesting), but some prominently feature angry memes, “controversial thinkers”, anti-vaccine activists and some of them host full proper hate propaganda and right-wing content (I’m not linking, but think ‘Gab’ or ‘kekmaga’). For brevity I’ll just call such content and instances “bad”.
As far as I understand,
- visitors of our instance will NOT be exposed directly to bad content (that’s fine)
- anyone reading our Network page will see we’re somehow networking with bad servers (ambiguous and bad-looking)
- visitors of instances hosting bad content will be exposed to our content, so we may gain some audience (but are you interested in such visitors? I’m not)
- instances hosting bad content will benefit from our content as they syndicate it to their audience (I don’t like that)
There may be an argument in favor of federating even with bad servers, because this keeps the whole network more resistant. I don’t buy that. As far as I see it, any decentralized network that needs racists to be part of it in order to survive is flawed by design.
Edit: I meant “We can’t vet every new instance”…) – We can’t vet any new instance and their moderation. I propose that we simply block any instances by following us, and only allow the same instances we follow.