For a community, you *have* to ban early and ban often, and defederate early and often.
As an admin, it's your job to protect the ✨vibes✨ of your space, to promote community, and to remove elements that are toxic or harmful.
A service doesn't work the same way. It isn't attempting to create (or promote) a specific vibe, it's just *there*. You make of it what you will, find what you will, and (as an end user) block what you will.
The admin "just" makes the service available.
This of course leads into the two fundamental ways that Mastodon is being used, offering a service and creating a community.
A service only works if communities exist. Without communities, there is little value to the service.
Communities can form on top of a service, but they're ad-hoc, messy and, crucially, *cannot* be protected by the service, because protecting a community goes against the ethos of a service.
We are an inclusive Mastodon community for everything tabletop (and more).