I’ve been online since 1995, and I’m not a fan of censorship either. I’ve been on Medium a couple of years — mostly lurking/reading in the early days. In the couple of years here, I can count the number of people I’ve blocked on one hand.
Generally, I think when people speak, they don’t tell me who *I* am, they tell me who *they* are. I draw the line at personal attacks and insidious insults. When I block someone, the goal is to reduce the odds of seeing their toxicity as much as possible.
Which is, of course, not the same as someone disagreeing. People can disagree in a respectful fashion, too. The problem isn’t whether people know how to be respectful or not. Anyone that can hold a job knows how to be respectful. Whether or not they choose to do so, that’s a different animal.