The problem isn't "broken discourse." It's genocide, insurrection, and harassment.
It bears saying that, from all appearances, and the naivety and earnestness of the words they’re using, that they’re white cisgender heterosexual Christian non disabled males. Conventional apex privileged people, in other words.
Such people tend to really really really don’t understand what harassment, persecution, or hate really are like and what it can result in. Just from what they’re saying.
Because yeah, the problems that you and others are bringing up are definitely not about “dialogue”.
I agree. That’s why Substack needs to take a more active role in content moderation as well. It’s much better to be proactive than reactive.
Sadly it all springs from this, “...don’t want to spend money on moderation, and hope to monetize content from bigots and fascists.”
I agree that some content moderation is required for Notes, especially since Notes are sent to everyone. However I also believe that we, the users of Notes need to take some responsibility in blocking those who post content that we disagree with.
Just as an example, I blocked a Hitler-wannabe after seeing him post bigoted content on Notes, and start an argument with someone who disagreed with him. Once I did that, I haven’t seen any major speech that I disagreed with.
So, just low a boycott of a store or company, we, the users, need to take some responsibility in our own hands for content moderation, as well as pushing Substack towards their own content moderation standards.