I’m formulating a plan for outreach, diversity, and inclusion on my instance, vis.social. (Please review and comment!) I have two related questions:
1. Can you share any resources or best practices around facilitating inclusive online communities? Mastodon has great abuse-mitigation and safety controls, but handling bad behavior is different from encouraging positive, inclusive behavior. (Yes, the CW feature helps with that!) How can I, as the admin, help foster inclusivity?
2. How do you help people learn and adapt to “the Mastodon way”? One of our early members put it this way:
Is there such a thing as a mastodon midwife? Somebody who is well versed in the mechanics of mastodon and can help a group become a community?
I love this idea! (Though this may be the role of the instance admin, by default.)
The developers are busy constructing the software. Who can help facilitate group cohesion within an instance? Or who can point toward resources and ideas on doing this?