When the Opera Browser was still using its own Presto engine (before it became a Chromium-based zombie)
I've been checking Minds.com on and off for almost 3 weeks now. The first 2 weeks was really problematic for me as I could not enable the 2FA (none of the 2FA activation codes work) and when the code finally worked and I finally had the 2FA enabled, it somehow failed to send me any login codes until today, regardless how many times I logged in and out, and switching browsers/computers too. It's as if the 2FA is just for decoration (not functioning) and I could just login without it asking for a login code. It sure left a bad impression to me but since I have no plan to use it as my main social media it doesn't bother me too much.
One thing I found very noticeable about Minds is the 'abundance' of "Viet ladies" boosting their posts there. Posts written in Vietnamese in long format (not short like tweets) would appear almost every second. I'm not sure what they are all about but in G+ the Viet accounts are known for their spam comments. They usually follow tech and Android pages. When those pages publish a post those Viet spammers will comment by repeating part of the whole post, tagging the poster and add some Vietnamese words at the end. For example if the page with the name Some Tech Blog shared an article with the title "Hubzilla is the best replacement for Google+ for now" the Viet spammers will comment "Hubzilla is the best replacement for phuc dat bich +Some Tech Blog". What really irritates me is despite countless of reports filed Google kept those around for years with no action taken. No wonder people don't care anymore to report because all they are seeing is an inaction on Google's part.
Anyway the Vietnamese were not always spammers. I remember many years ago when Opera was still using its own Presto engine, the browser had so many social functions such as personal web server, file hosting, files transfer, etc. They also had a service called My Opera, where users can not only write blogs but also follow each other. During this time I found many of the users were Vietnamese, and I even established contacts with some of them too. They wrote 'legitimate' contents (not spam) and from their writings I managed to learn new things about their country, like some things are better or worse than what portrayed in the media.
Back to G+, because of the 'abundance' of Viet spam I decided to region-block Vietnam once G+ rolled out region blocking. I blocked Vietnam together with the IPB region (India-Pakistan-Bangladesh, where the users often posted selfies, greetings and inspirational quotes in communities where those things are considered spam). This blocking is one-way, where I can still see their posts but they can't see my posts, not even my profile, thus denying their 'chance' to spam me. Yeah it may sound racist for me to do a blanket blocking but there's just no better way I could think of when Google itself failed to do a better job at handling spam.