Whitelists do not go against "the spirit of decentralization." In what universe is allowing instances greater autonomy to decide what federation is suitable for them somehow a centralizing element? The irony is that many instances want whitelists to be a feature, but in intentionally making them unwieldy, everyone ends up submitting to one particular vision of federation. That's a particularly centralized approach.
The sheer irony of this coming from Garg, who personally admins the biggest instances on Mastodon including the flagship instance, is quite telling. We have seen many instances crash and burn because users were not willing to put up with bad administration, and the only way that you could spin this as "centralizing" is if you assume that users will stay on an instance no matter what the admin does. The only instances I can think of in which that could possibly be assumed are Garg's instances.
@Colophonscrawl The platform coming down to what one person says because he runs it goes more against the spirit of decentralization... Let it be community run.
monads.online is a community for goth nerds, aka people who are interested in the intersections of math, art, programming, philosophy, and related topics. this does not include your techbro ass. we also enjoy a healthy amount of shitposting. if you are a techno-materialist, technocrat, or some flavor of capitalist, don't even bother applying. if you are interested in an account please fill out an application, detailing why you are interested in joining, what you have to bring to the community, and your prior, if any, accounts on the fediverse.