There are some Lemmy instances I’d rather not have on my All feed. I know I can block individual communities but can I block entire instances or do I need to host my own to do this?

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This request/discussion pops up every once in a while and it’s sad that it seems to be only ever brought up because people wanna block lemmygrad. This kinda explains the dismissive “just move elsewhere” response we get from the devs everytime

However, there are valid reasons to want to block an instance as an user other than “me no like commis >:(”, such as:

  • I don’t feel comfortable with a foreign instance’s moderation policy or rules, but I don’t have a case for a instance-wide block
  • I’m being targeted by an instance’s users that hasn’t yet been blocked by the admins and they might take a while to make a decision about it
  • I might even just think the instance is suspicious, even if there isn’t any post specifically that warrants an instance-wide block

(EDIT: making clear that I don’t think “I don’t like the contents of the instance” is a valid reason. In all examples I gave above, the possibility of an instance-wide block is open. This is not the case for lemmygrad, as there’s absolutely no reason for it to be blocked instance-wide over here. In this case, I fully agree with the devs: go elsewhere)

There might be other good reasons for blocking a foreign instance, I just took this at the top of my head.

Blocking individual communities just doesn’t cut it either because the point of an instance-block isn’t blocking a set of users. When you choose to block an instance, you’re block the admin and the moderation team, along with the users of that instance. You’re cutting off a server that is governed in a way you personally don’t trust. And I don’t see why that decision should reserved to the site’s admin only.

So, to the devs: I get that you probably don’t want to enable anti-communists to anti-communist in your site, hosted with your money and developed through hundreds of hours of your effort. Honestly, I agree. You don’t pretend to be politically neutral and that’s a good thing (it is, in fact, one of the things I like the most about Lemmy). But I think, in this specific case, you should reconsider.

Just saying “yeah, we’re definitely lacking this feature; patches welcome” would be good enough for me, personally.

Thanks for pointing out that you can block communities! I had no idea. (For anyone else: you have to go to your settings and click on the “Blocks” tab)

There is currently no way to block whole instances as a user and it seems like this feature will not come anytime soon. So it’s either self hosting for full control or choose an instance that blocks the unwanted instances. Alternatively you could just block the communities of unwanted instances.

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It’s one of the reasons I’m on my own instance.

binarypie
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I guess this where being technically savvy is helpful. I don’t really want more things to manage in my life so I’ll check out a few of the other instances as well in case one fits better. However, having to join and rejoin instances is annoying.

binarypie
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bummer I don’t think I’m “anti-communist” but I also don’t want my entire All Feed to be of a single subject. Sucks to be pigeonholed into a binary statement like that.

poVoq
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Move your account to an instance that blocks lemmygrad.ml

There are plenty of instances that do that due to the low quality posts and comments from lemmygrad.

binarypie
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Can I move it? Or do I have to start over? I’m new to this.

poVoq
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Sadly there is no built-in way to move an account yet. Just put your new account into the profile of your old one so that people know it isn’t an impersonator.

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