How to be unethical and wrong at the same time
Researchers gathered a bunch of Mastodon posts to create a dataset for automatic "inappropriate content" flagging by training on Mastodon users' usage of the CW feature
That's... not what the CW is for?
Inappropriate content is content that shouldn't be posted at all. If you're on my instance posting fascist or bigoted bullshit, that's inappropriate, and you're getting kicked out, whether or not it has a CW
CWs aren't "I shouldn't be posting this", they're "you might not want to read this"
I put CWs on screenshots of my cute Minecraft farmhouse, which is probably like the most appropriate thing to post here, it's just that not everyone is into Minecraft
And then there's this graph which should tell you everything
"Inappropriate toot" means it has a CW in this context
Inappropriate toots are much longer that unlabeled toots
I wonder if that's because it takes more characters to be "inappropriate", or maybe it's because Mastodon users are like "hmm, maybe not all of my followers are going to want to read my Adventure Time fan theories, better CW this rant so that can just scroll on by"
wow, that publication is a great example of how not to do it and real :/
just a couple weeks ago I found this paper making fun of some petterns in HCI research and it reads kinda similar.. https://www.bmj.com/content/bmj/363/bmj.k5094.full.pdf
@themoep This is hilarious, I love it!
And yeah, great parody of garbage data from improperly conducted (and potentially unethical) experiments
@gaeel i tried reading this yesterday to see their rationale for calling CW'd posts "inappropriate content", but there doesn't seem to be one
@eel It's in the abstract: "Mastodon,
a distribute online social network which is formed by communities that impose the rules of publication, and which allows its users to mark their posts inappropriate if they perceived them not suitable for the community they belong to."
Which really, it's just a complete misunderstanding of why that feature exists, and how people use it
@gaeel oof yeah that's missing the point so hard
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