Community standards

By being friendly and respectful with each other we can create a nice atmosphere on mastodon.green.

Posting: You can post almost anything you want, but not everything. We expect our community members to abide by the community standards. The rules and community standards apply to both content and behavior. Our moderators take the context in which posts are written into consideration.

Continuous improvement: The community standards are not fixed, it’s a working document that can be improved upon until we find something that works well. Most things on Mastodon.green are a work in progress and we’re experimenting with different approaches to build a nice community.

Community timeline: Our community timeline is for genuine human to human interaction. Bots, computers, cross-posters and organisations are encouraged to post in unlisted mode so that only their followers see their posts. Listed posts are those that appear in the community (“local”) and federated timelines. They are publicly visible and followers see them. Unlisted posts does not show up on local and federated timelines, but they are publicly available on your profile page and on the internet.

Languages: Mastodon.green is language-specific server with 26 supported languages. Why not allow all languages in the whole world? Because it would make moderation prohibitively difficult and time consuming. We must keep cost and complexity low due to limited resources. We also want to offer some parts of our website in all the languages we support. That said, it may be possible to add a language to the list of supported languages. What’s needed for that to happen is a crowd-funded budget for that language. The language policy applies to the whole server, including the federated timeline. We’re not federating with servers that are language-specific to, or predominately post in, languages other than the ones supported on this server.

Automation: To use automated tools, such as cross-posters, you need to be a club member. Cross posting from other social media sites is allowed when you own both accounts and post in unlisted mode. Cross-posting” is the automatic copying of posts from one platform to another. If you use apps for manual posting to several platforms simultaneously those posts are considered original and allowed. Bots and semi-automated accounts should be marked as such.

Bots on other servers: May be limited if they post too frequently and suspended if they post too much media. It’s a way to keep costs low and to prioritize genuine human interaction on our server. We may of course revise this moderation policy from time to time. Bots can be very useful, it’s not that we don’t like bots. It’s just about being able to afford them and at the same time offer a good human experience.

Organisations: It’s important to use an official e-mail when you create an organisation account. If there is a mismatch between the e-mail used for sign-up and the organisation name, the account will be considered spam and suspended. For example when the e-mail is name@gmail.com or name@yahoo.com instead of name@your-organisation.com. Get in touch if you have questions or if your account has been erroneously suspended. Try to find the right tone and frequency while posting and consider posting just once or twice a day, alternatively post in unlisted mode for more frequent posts.

Nudity: All content must be suitable to an audience from 16 years old. This server is for people in EU, so mild nudity such as a photo of a statue or an old oil painting is probably going to be okay. Sexually explicit content isn’t allowed. We also don’t allow sexually suggestive content in the context of your profile linking to other “sexy” accounts that you may have.

Zero-advertising: There is zero-advertising. You can not pay us to display ads on the community timeline. Organisations can post anything they want in unlisted mode, so that only their followers and profile-page visitors see it. The rule of thumb is that marketing material shouldn’t be visible to community members, unless they already follow your account.

Federation: Mastodon.green suspend some servers which are not aligned with our community standards and rules. We’re generally not publishing the list of blocked servers as we don’t want to give those who harass people or host illegal content any attention. You can ask our moderators in a direct message if you want to know if a specific server is suspended. To keep costs low this server doesn’t federate with all Fediverse platforms, yet. If we can get enough funding we may be able to increase our level of federation. Currently we federate with other Mastodon servers and with Pixelfed servers.

Excessive posting: Some users on other servers post with a high frequency, there are bots posting every 10 minutes every day. When people on mastodon.green follow high frequency posters that content is pulled into our servers. For capacity and economical reasons we may suspend high frequency people and bots, particularly if they are on other servers and followed by inactive users on our server. This is just to keep our costs under control. If our club members want us to unsuspend any such bots we may be able to do so, unless there are issues with them violating other rules.

Flooding the feed: Avoid flooding the community timeline or the home feed of your followers by posting super many posts in a row. Typically some kind of balance is best. Context is important too, sometimes it’s okay to post a lot.

Friendly and respectful atmosphere: Some content is legal but may be removed anyway if it’s suspected to be inauthentic, inflammatory, spammy or misinformation.

Political activism: We welcome political groups from established political parties.

Political extremism: Advocacy of political extremism from either far-left of far-right side of the spectrum may be limited or removed. With emphasis on far-out. Particularly if the activism is borderline illegal or focused on revolutionary change by fighting and violence. The paradox of tolerance may be applied, perhaps? Some far-right political content is illegal in Germany and will be removed. We apply the same rules to violent or revolutionary far-up and far-down ideologies too, or whatever side they are on. Civilized discussions may be allowed, it’s the propaganda we want to avoid.

Religious content: You’re welcome to be religious and express that. You’re welcome to celebrate your religious holidays and traditions. But respect other peoples religion. If your content is focused on converting people it may be limited or removed. If your religious content is inflammatory it may be removed. Daily prayers and similar content must be posted in unlisted or followers-only mode.

Conspiracy theories: Don’t post conspiracy theories.

Shitposting: Any “shitposting” is to be done among friends and always unlisted.

Signup-promotion: Don’t sign up with the intention of pulling in content from users on third party servers for promotional purposes. Inactivity in combination with suspected sign-up promotion may have your account and/or the users on the third party servers limited or suspended.

Anti science content: Anti-science content such as anti-vaccine movements, may be removed.

Inauthentic accounts: We may suspend suspected inauthentic accounts, especially if they seem to belong to a web of other inauthentic accounts on other servers. This can happen without e-mail notification, as it makes no sense to notify inauthentic accounts when they are being removed.

Pulled in content: Our community standards also apply to content that is pulled in from other servers though people following accounts there. Users on our server may be suspended for pulling in too much guideline violating content from other servers. This particularly apply to people who just follow people on other servers without being active on our server by posting or replying to posts.

Disagreement: Do not debate moderation actions in public posts. Direct message our team or use e-mail. We listen and answer questions up to a certain point, not forever.

Satcha: It’s good to show us that you’re human by being normally active. From time to time we may ask you to do a satcha to prove that you’re still a human. This is to make sure that humans are not signing up and then replacing themselves with automated tools such as bots. A SATCHA is a Semi Automated Test to tell Humans and Computers Apart. The moderator @satcha@mastodon.green may ask some simple questions, you must respond appropriately to keep your account.

Inactive accounts: From time to time we may delete accounts that hasn’t been used during the last six months. You’re welcome back if your account has been deleted due to inactivity, but there is no guarantee that we can restore your old username.

Acess: The administration of the service reserves the right to revoke any user’s access permissions, at any time, for any reason, except as limited by law.

Data: This site is not meant to be a backup or permanent repository for your information, posts or media. Additionally, your media is being downsized on original upload. You can export your posts, but there might be technical issues, so we recommend that you keep a backup elsewhere