We are no longer federating with hackers dot town. Accounts on that server are in violation with rule 4 of our instance forbidding stalking, spying, and surveillance, and the admin has failed to take action against those accounts.
Rule 4 is designed to make everyone feel safe on the fediverse, but remember that posting publicly carries risk. Even local posts, followers-only posts, and DMs carry some risk.
To anyone who was following accounts on that instance: it sucks, I'm sorry.
To be overwhelmingly clear: your public and local posts are still public. People from hackers dot town can still see them, as can anyone with an internet connection.
Remember that people involved in state surveillance have a large toolkit that could be used to see much more than just your public posts.
Just because defederating that instance won't end state surveillance, doesn't mean we shouldn't defederate it. There's no need to make stalkers feel welcome.
rva.party's instance rules are rules of conduct. They exist because I feel there's value in having some ground rules to interact with others online so that we feel safe and comfortable in our virtual home.
Our fourth rule exists because surveillance is at odds with that goal. Those who would abuse your familiarity and the open atmosphere in this corner of the web? They're not welcome here.
We can't do much about their tools and resources, but we can at least uninvite them from the party.
Toots from Richmond, VA and around the world. Stick around for good vibes.