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In the comments on my entry about Identi.ca not being safe for minority identities, Identi.ca founder Evan Prodromou reported that there is a feature for deleting your account, on the profile settings page and at http://identi.ca/main/deleteaccount.

In a quick follow-up, he said that the first bug I reported (where you continue to get email notifications of @mentions from people you block) has been fixed, and that the bugfix has been deployed on all Identi.ca and Status.net servers.

There's no word yet on when the second bug, where you can't block someone sending you messages from a remote server, will be fixed. This bug is critical to the safety of people facing harassment for any reason, as Identi.ca's federated design allows anyone to roll their own Status.net server and continue harassing a person with no way to block them.

A determined stalker or troll will only be temporarily deterred by even legal action, as numerous cases have shown. But most are not willing to expend that much effort to ruin somebody's life, and blocking mechanisms are essential for people who face the possibility of identity- or relationship-based harassment. I hope that Identi.ca and all other federated social networks will take this into account in design; Dreamwidth already does, although I had trouble blocking an OpenID account with an unusual syntax once and I may have to ask for help about that.

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