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Don't forward reports to the user's instance admin unless you have reason to believe the instance admin is trustworthy. I have seen numerous instances where admins have shared reports with the target user and where the report has been used to harrass the person presumed to have made the report.

If you aren't sure, don't forward. Your instance admin can always choose to forward the report.

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@freakazoid forwarding is annon, you should absolutely forward unless you’re a single user instance and worried about blow back.

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@harrym @freakazoid the closure of snouts.online began with a report being forwarded to monads.online and ended with slurs being thrown at snouts people on Twitter

harassers will absolutely use a report they don't respect as a reason to start a fight

- Packbats 🎒

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@packbat @freakazoid so they didn’t know who it was so they just attacked everyone? Gross.

Whatever the case, any reports on this instance should be forwarded to the mods as it’s important we keep our own house clean. We don’t attack reporters.

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@harrym @packbat It's often also possible to make a pretty good guess as to who did the reporting, especially for smaller instances. And always for single-user instances.

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@freakazoid @packbat sure, it’s very contextual. I only meant (as you said) it only shows the instance name to moderators

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@harrym @freakazoid are you sure? I reported a user for an interaction where I wasn't involved and they knew it was me anyway

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@kor8rok @harrym Only your instance name is included in the report. If they figured out it was you it was some other way.

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@freakazoid Oohhh, I never thought of that being an issue. But of course it would be an issue ;-;

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@freakazoid the fact that this option is given to users but not admins is quite frankly the worst design decision on the platform

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@erincandescent I'm pretty sure it is given to admins?

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@freakazoid admins can't forward a report

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@freakazoid I have sent reports in which the admin was the target user. The answer was "how you dare report me, mother***?"

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@aurochs @freakazoid Wow. That's like poking the eye of god. LOL.

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@SandyJohnson @aurochs I once reported @doot to herself because I couldn't believe she was real. Talk about embarrassing.

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@freakazoid @SandyJohnson @aurochs *points to pronouns in name*

You're not the first to have reported me for something like that , in fairness! About a week later someone reported me for being a bot and I ended up tagged in a private thread for 2 days with someone arguing I wasn't real

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@doot @SandyJohnson @aurochs Sorry about the wrong pronouns!

Yeah I thought you were a bot, too, but others set me straight pretty quickly.

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@doot @freakazoid @SandyJohnson You are Hans from Stuttgart, you are fooling no one.

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@aurochs @freakazoid @SandyJohnson Goddammit, does everyone know about this?!

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@SandyJohnson @freakazoid XD XD XD More a-hole than eye (or God)

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@freakazoid I learnt that the hard way during my first week here :blobcatMeltTears:

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@freakazoid As an extension of that:

I've noticed it's very easy to report an instance admin... to themself.

Which is a great way to get dragged through the mud by someone who either doesn't share your COC views at all, or better still, runs a single-user instance specifically to evade stuff like that.

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@freakazoid Also, forwarded reports are kind of useless. You should contact the remote admin directly instead anyways, and if you want have your local admin do it.
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