Welp, I was hoping that the last post would be my last word on blocklists. However, there’ve been a couple relevant and interesting bits to share. First off, notorious libertarian legal snarkmeister Popehat has given his opinion about Why Mean Blockbots Probably Aren’t Defamatory. He does close with a couple of caveats.
I speak here of the rule of law, not the rule of feels. I understand many people feel as though BlockBot designations are defamatory. So they have that going for them, which is nice.
Meanwhile, the team that did The Block Bot (this is the Athiesm+ blockbot, not Randi’s GG blockbot) announced that Blockbot will undergo a significant rewrite, to help it deal with it’s unexpected popularity.
In this developmental stage, the following features for this new platform are being discussed:
- Facilitating the formation of more than one blocking team.
- Allowing users to opt-in or opt-out of individual blocker’s blocks.
- Creating clear policies for adding and removing blockers and admins.
- Handling appeals more consistently.
- Expanding users’ block-list choices.
- Soliciting feedback from users more effectively.
- Providing a more robust system for users to suggest blocks.
Meanwhile, Richard Dawkins (who is on the Atheism+ blocklist because, well, he’s been Richard Dawkins on twitter lately) is not impressed.