It might not stay as is but I am already using it. See the PR here https://github.com/LemmyNet/lemmy/pull/2017
What is it? Black listing works like this, If a community is just to insane for me to host or I want it to not show up in trending and the community list I can mark it as blacklisted.
Blacklisted communities still show up as normal for subscribers. They can still federate with mastodon if you sub to it from mastodon. You can still invite people to subscribe to a blacklisted community. The difference is that it is harder for other wolfballs users to find it. Without being subscribed it is currently invisible everywhere except comment view. I’m not sure if I need to remove it there. Most people don’t use comment view.
Right now it is not very transparent which communities are blacklisted. The UI does not yet have a concept of blacklisted. I need to add it in still. I do think there should be a place for users to find what communities are blacklisted. Certainly moderators should be made aware. This feature is still in code review with the other lemmy devs so it will likely change some.
What communities are blacklisted?
Currently /c/racist and /c/incest
The idea is that these communities do not break the rules but perhaps the spirit of the rules and also aren’t doing me any favors making a argument for freedom of speech to our detractors.
Not that I need to appease them but sometimes the constant bitching and moaning about “hate, genocide, murderer” starts to wear me down when not many people are out defending me. (Please defend free speech if you are out in the wild and see the arguments btw)
I know that my heart is nothing but love. Love for the free voice of mankind. But others often misjudge and do not know what is in my heart when they see /c/racist.
I am committed to making the most popular free speech site on the planet. I am also under the belief that most of the opinions here are not fringe but what the majority of Americans hold. (If you are not American, I am going by american laws here. I can’t honor every country on earth it’s to complicated. Someone needs to start instances in each country if this one gets banned there.)
But we may need to do a few things like this while the site grows. The more middle of the road content we have the easier it is to openly host fringe ideas. Because there are people to argue both sides and it will be a good representation of the population. I want true open discourse. I will not hide behind pejoratives aimed at hard working middle class conservative Americans. (Perhaps these fit you in other countries as well). example alphabet soup phobic. Grow some balls and argue back.
That said, a community dedicated to deformed black babies is only going to get us taken down by a series of lawsuits I can’t possibly afford to defend. And it doesn’t add much to human knowledge or the pursuit of truth.
Blacklisting is my current idea to be fair to the users who come here for freedom while allowing us to grow.
I believe we can hit 20 percent of reddit’s userbase at-least while maintaining edgy free speech. Which is more than enough to sustain a business.
Feel free to agree, disagree in the comments below, offer suggestions what ever.
The Announcement Community
This is not a free speech sub/community.
This is the announcement community reserved for admins or announcements that effect the whole community. Feel free to announce new communities or instances.