So, there's this concept of "implicit feudalism" in online communities. Essentially, the vast majority of online communities - from old-school forums, to facebook groups, to large platforms like Twitter and Facebook themselves, even to fediverse instances - they're all run as dictatorships by default. It's built into the software - you'll have a top admin who has full, unconstrained power, they might delegate mods who have some limited powers, and anyone else has to listen to what these dictators and lords tell them. We talk about "federating" here in the fediverse, but each individual community - as far as I'm aware of - is a little dictatorship. A federation of dictatorships is not a free society, anymore than the UN, an international body composed of "liberal democracies" and authoritarian regimes is truly democratic. We need a way to start governing online communities through actual forms of democracy.

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@anomaly i might have agreed before account migration was added. but instances aren't dictatorships when borders are open. users are only beholden to the dictates of a top admin if they so choose -- when they disagree with the top admin's decisions they can simply yeet off to another instance

imo top admins aren't dictators, they're just delegates responsible for day-to-day instance-level housekeeping

it's not a 100% perfect implementstion yet, but it's ok and it's getting better

@red @anomaly I just wish something like nomadic identities existed. It's the kind of thing I've heard about mentioned as a possible idea and haven't heard of any actual ways it'd be implemented (and it'd need to be implemented carefully), but the gist of it would be that your account ultimately wouldn't be stuck on any one server - you could take *everything* with you whenever you chose to do so.

I don't know how bad actors in a system like that would be filtered effectively, but the concept on paper sounds like the kinda stuff dreams are made of, as far as *owning* your social network experience is concerned

@Frinkeldoodle @anomaly i agree 100%

from my understanding it a huge technical challenge to reach that ideal. but it's encouraging to see the devs adding tools to approximate a system like that

@violet @Frinkeldoodle @anomaly huh, i hadn't heard of that one before. does anything actually use it?

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