So today in fandom drama, someone's finally weaponized malicious tagging

This article underemphasizes exactly how bad stww was — people were reporting it was *crashing their browser* when it came up in search

But they’re 100% right about the hypocrisy of all this stuff marginalized fans have been fighting for for years suddenly being popular bc its affecting white fans now too

@Satsuma ok, this is obvious and I feel stupid, but I didn't realize that it was a site infrastructure problem and not a policy/content problem. It just never occurred to me that AO3 might NOT have a block button

Since I'm on tumblr all the time I'm used to seeing criticism of AO3 framed as "they're gross pedos who shouldn't host content I don't like," and I'm like "learn to block people? Idk"

But when the question is "why isn't there a block function" the answer is important

@Satsuma "It would cost thirty million dollars and #### worker-hours of labor, which is impossible for our organization's stated purpose, and since we own the servers and aren't doing anything illegal, we don't have to change our policy"

But one way or another, otherwise-legal usage of the service causes problems for other people who want the service but don't want to see whatever person/topic is bothering them


@Satsuma again, I am not a dev and I don't know anything about the practical logistics of this, but this seems like a problem that's crying out for federated servers

@alpine_thistle @Satsuma Federated servers would make actual moderation possible without turning it into "soft"censorship. Basically having too much power--and burdens--concentrated in one site creates a lot of problems, who knew!

@ljwrites @Satsuma holy shit this should be taught in like. Political science/sociology courses. It's state failure in miniature

@ljwrites @alpine_thistle unfortunately ao3's stability is such a large part of the site's draw (well, that and all the crazy amounts of work that goes into making tag search so frictionless) so fandom is way more reluctant to jump ship than they are for social media platform stuff :/

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