Okay, but you know who was the poster child of being obnoxious, but who would never be touched by moderation (except for a few “ease up there” nudges)? Jeff, on any given feminism post. The same guy who doesn’t want the Mute button in Discourse.
And why was he so obnoxious? Not because he broke the TOS. And certainly he contributed positively to technical topics (er, unless they also concerned feminism).
He was obnoxious because he ignored any poster replying to him who could readily be identified as a woman based on their posts’ overall contents. Meanwhile he spouted derailing, essentialist crap.
On feminism posts.
He’d be nigh-impossible to content filter, seeing as how he’d use the same key words and phrases everyone else was using.
But wait, isn’t ignoring women the same as muting them all?
But a mute makes it a lot harder for one obnoxious person to hijack a thread from 30 people. One obnoxious person can shut down threads by making it all about them if they’re obnoxious enough. Derailing is a way of curtailing expression.
It’s like showing up to a loud party with an air horn. You can tell the host, “hey, that person with the air horn is being really obnoxious” but they might say “sorry, the rest of the party is so loud we can’t throw them out just for being loud too”.
Now, I don’t feel the need to mute anyone.
But hell yes I’m glad the button is there now.