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Server rules

Below is a summary of rules you need to follow if you want to have an account on this server of Mastodon:

  1. No sexually explicit or violent media allowed.
  2. No racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, or casteism
  3. No incitement of violence or promotion of violent ideologies
  4. No harassment, dogpiling or doxxing of other users
  5. No content illegal in Germany
  6. No content in languages other than English or German

About Fediscience.org

Fediscience is a social network for publishing scientists. Everyone is welcome to join from PhD student to professor, as well as researchers from outside of academia. You are welcome to stay afterwards, but it is also easy to change to another server. We made a list of related fediverse servers.

There will be a lot of science talk on this server, but there is no need to only talk science.

This site is operated voluntarily by Frank Sonntag and Victor Venema.

Code of conduct

As many people as possible should feel welcome at Fediscience, so please follow the code of conduct.

  • You do not have to give your name, but please tell us about your expertise and interests in your bio and introduce yourself using the #introductions hastag.
  • Don’t do anything that’s illegal in Germany or were you live.
  • We want to be inclusive; do not engage in exclusionary behaviour or language. Consider not only the current interaction, but how it would be if your behaviour were common.
  • Don’t harass people. Respect it if people want to stop an interaction. Sexual attention can constitute harassment, even if it wasn’t intended to cause upset.
  • Please relax. Don’t assume you know better than the person you’re talking to.

Users violating these rules may have their accounts suspended and will not be welcome to take part any more.

If you are subject to or observe any harassment, or have any other concerns, please report the toot concerned or message a moderator. Reports will be dealt with discreetly and in confidence.

We want everyone to have a great time and treat each other with respect.

Use of the Content Warning (CW) feature

Mastodon has Content Warnings, please use them. They can be used to collapse a long (series) of messages, but also to hide topics some may find upsetting, especially when people would not expect this kind of content in your stream, e.g., when you are not talking about your area of expertise.

At the bottom of the message editor you can click the "CW" button; anything in the small warning field above your larger message editor field will be visible. The reader will have to click on "Show more" to see the full message.

Use of bots and cross-posters

It is fine to use apps or services which generate toots automatically, but please make sure that you have them under control: make sure they are relevant, try to limit it to a few posts a day. Mark the account as bot. When using bots and cross-posters visit Fediscience regularly, if only to interact with replies.

Support Mastodon and Fediscience

The best way to help is to spread the word! If you starting using Mastodon and find it useful then help out by telling other people about it.

This server is free to access and there will never be any subscription charges, but running this server does cost money and we may add a donation system later.