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You can try the flagship instance at lemmy.ml

They have now introduced federation between Lemmy instances, so people on one Lemmy instance can interact with people on others. (They are working on federating with the rest of the Fediverse later.)

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@FediFollows @LemmyDev #Lemmy performs hard coded censorship. I refuse to use #Fediverse software that is censorous at its very core.

@icedquinn @FediFollows @LemmyDev @aktivismoEstasMiaLuo is more knowledgeable about this then I am but they have, in the code itself, a blacklist of words that you cannot use in the title or description of a post.

@icedquinn @LemmyDev @FediFollows @realcaseyrollins that PR would be refused. devs have said that they deliberately hard coded the slur filter so that every Lemmy intance has the same hard-coded words. The problem is that some of those words are substrings of normal dictionary words, so legit noncontroversial posts get harsh treatment. It's clumsy b/c you can't even quote or mock someone who uses a slur.

@realcaseyrollins @FediFollows @LemmyDev @icedquinn I think there is a project "" that removes the hard-coded slur filter. And of course it's also rediculous that a fork must be maintained for that, which could then break the connectivity.

@aktivismoEstasMiaLuo @FediFollows @LemmyDev @icedquinn I’ve hopped back on, and it looks like the project has greatly improved. The users claim that the word ban antifeature can be easily altered or removed. I suggested the possibility of making those alterations possible in the UI/frontend, but was unsurprisingly met with a chilling response.

Also, it seems like derpy.email, the instance that #Lenny was created for, is no longer operational, and has closed registrations as well. We could absolutely be served by a flagship #Lenny instance, if anyone feels like hosting one…

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@realcaseyrollins @LemmyDev @FediFollows @icedquinn the slur filter was originally implemented so recklessly that if a substring matched the regex, the UI would hard & fast refuse to accept the whole composition with no specific error, and so users were forced to throw away a potentially long (labor intensive) msg in a way that was blind to the mods & ownership, so the problem wasn't even trackable.

@icedquinn @FediFollows @LemmyDev @realcaseyrollins Lemmy evolved from that but this is not just a coding botch.. it reflects reckless disregard for colatteral damage to legitimate users who have no malicious or nefarious intent or effect. devs & lemmy.ml are tyrants in both their design and especially in their management style. Indeed we need to avoid tyranny, thus different devs, which hopefully will satisfy.

@realcaseyrollins @LemmyDev @FediFollows @icedquinn Lenny can't likely solve this problem though: is hard-coded to require client-side javascript to the point that text of posts is entirely unreachable w/out it. This ruins the use of archive.org, so if a node goes down or if becomes CloudFlared access to content can be lost forever. And if a moderator abuses their power to censor, archive.org is blocked from showing the abuse.

@icedquinn @FediFollows @LemmyDev @realcaseyrollins The authoritarian attitude of devs is hard-wired into the design such that the whole project should be scrapped. E.g.it would never occur to Lemmy devs that a censored post, whether it breaks rules or not, should be quarantined & preserved in a way that it can be ported to another instance where the rules and standards are more accommodating. Design decisions would resist it

@aktivismoEstasMiaLuo @icedquinn @FediFollows @LemmyDev If you don’t like #JavaScript, check out #lotide. Unlike #Lemmy, it actually federated with other #Fediverse softwares, and it doesn’t need #JavaScript at all! It’s got more of a #HackerNews feel to it too, which is pretty dope.

Check out narwhal.city, it’s the flagship instance atm

@aktivismoEstasMiaLuo @icedquinn@blob.cat @FediFollows @LemmyDev @realcaseyrollins@counter.fedi.live We have a public modlog that is used by default. If your problem is that post CAN be removed from the server at all, then you'll be sorely disappointed with basically every fediverse site.

@aktivismoEstasMiaLuo @icedquinn@blob.cat @FediFollows @LemmyDev @realcaseyrollins@counter.fedi.live If your definition of tyranny is not being able to insult marginalized groups with slurs, then I don't know what to tell you, but sure, we're tyrants under that definition.

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