There's currently a wave of mentions spam going around the fediverse – please just report these and move on.

We'll block the spammers – but to reduce our workload, we aren't informing people individually about each handled report (because Mastodon doesn't have moderator tooling for this, and logging in to the admin account for feedback DMs is really not great at our scale).

@ordnung There's an open, but very buried issue for a feature like this over here:

@rixx @ordnung Is this something that could be automated with scripting through the mastodon API? I read the GitHub issue but am not familiar enough with the admin workflows to quite understand the problem and resolution.

Could the reply to a report function be implemented in a way that isn't directly integrated with the mastodon code base but executed through API calls made script?

I've been looking for some small projects to get more familiar with the API.

@rdp I don't know if there is a report API, and if there was, I wouldn't trust a script with it, just because the Mastodon developers won't accommodate this request.

This is some of the more sensitive data that we have, as moderators. Providing all or some of it to a third party sounds really not great, and additionally, it would make tracking (who got which message, when? where do they reply) unreasonably hard.

@rixx Fair enough, I defer to your experience as an admin on it being a good idea.

FWIW I was imaging a utility script that admins themselves could run to automate some of the work that's done manually. Not a service. But thats neither here-nor-there if automation doesn't fit with the moderation work flows now.

I'll keep looking for scripting projects :)

@ordnung thanks for all the great community work you do!

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