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And, as always, if you're a mastodon.social user, remember to abide by the mastodon.social rules: mastodon.social/about/more

If you're not a mastodon.social user but use Mastodon, you should be able to find a similar URL on your Mastodon instance. If you can't find your instance's rules there, ask your server's admin where you can find them. It's important to know, in general, what is and isn't allowed on your instance.

(As always, instance moderation is subject to moderator judgment!)

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For the foreseeable future, I will not be able to answer questions or respond to toots directed to this account. If you have questions or concerns about mastodon.social moderation, please direct them to @cm_kropot, @cm_vaporbobble, @CM_Radioactive, or @CM_chrismartin.

Be well and be strong. The fediverse depends on all of us to support each other. ❤️

Take care of yourselves. Treat yourselves better than a stranger would treat you. If you're being hard on yourself, ask yourself if a friend would say the same thing about you.

You're stronger and better than you think.

Be well. Feel loved. Remember that the world is a stranger and more mysterious place than anyone knows.

And, as always, if you're a mastodon.social user, remember to abide by the mastodon.social rules: mastodon.social/about/more

If you're not a mastodon.social user but use Mastodon, you should be able to find a similar URL on your Mastodon instance. If you can't find your instance's rules there, ask your server's admin where you can find them. It's important to know, in general, what is and isn't allowed on your instance.

(As always, instance moderation is subject to moderator judgment!)

For the foreseeable future, I will not be able to answer questions or respond to toots directed to this account. If you have questions or concerns about mastodon.social moderation, please direct them to @cm_kropot, @cm_vaporbobble, @CM_Radioactive, or @CM_chrismartin.

Be well and be strong. The fediverse depends on all of us to support each other. ❤️

Q: Why don't you automatically suspend accounts that follow a lot of users quickly?

A: The back-end can't tell the difference between a followbot who follows a lot of users quickly and a legitimate user who's importing the users they're following to a new account.

Q: Why not look for the "import my followees" flag?

A: That encourages spammers to follow a huge number of users, export their followees, and then just import when they want to make a new spam account.

I will be stepping away from moderation duties briefly to deal with a death in my family. For the time being, please direct questions to one of the other moderators: @CM_chrismartin @cm_kropot @CM_jusdepatate @cm_vaporbobble @Yukari

I'm not sure if some people think I own or control mastodon.cloud 🤔 For reference, no, only mastodon.social is mine!

Tonight went badly and got out of control on my end. I have a reason but it's not an excuse. I apologize to everyone involved and will gladly offer a personal apology to anyone who needs one.

I am unexpectedly in the middle of a personal tragedy and will not be fielding additional questions tonight. If you have questions or complaints, you can find a list of our moderators at the bottom of mastodon.social/about/more .

If you are concerned about whether someone on mastodon.social is a moderator, you can check our current list at the bottom of mastodon.social/about/more .

banned. banned. banned. none of you are free from sin.

Because it apparently needs to be repeated: DO NOT harass people you don't like. Not even if you think they deserve it. Not even if for some reason you think they're not really people because they're famous.

If someone's breaking the rules, report them and your admins will handle it.

If they're not, leave them alone.

Either way, DON'T HARASS THEM.

Mastodon.social is coming up on our 10,000th report!

Thank you so much for your help in keeping the instance mastodon.social a safe, friendly place for people to get used to federated social media. We couldn't have done it without your efforts in reporting users who violate our community guidelines!

Please remember that it is against the rules of mastodon.social to harass anyone, no matter how much you feel they deserve it or how acceptable you think it is.

If you need a reason why, imagine that suddenly it was a meme on Mastodon for people to send YOU, personally, unsolicited messages telling you how much you suck and making fun of you.

If you need a refresher on our rules, you can find them here: mastodon.social/about/more

While we're aware that it's a meme, please don't post "shut up, Wesley" to @wilw . It constitutes harassment and we'll handle it accordingly.

Remember, you can find our instance rules at mastodon.social/about/more

Fun fact: while you may only have heard of Mastodon recently, it's been around for a while! @Gargron registered the domain 'mastodon.social' in March 2016, and hundreds of people have contributed to its development since then.

Let's take a moment to say thank you to the thousands of people who have contributed to Mastodon's development and community over the last two and a half years! We wouldn't be where we are without you!

While I'm thinking about reports:

The moderators on mastodon.social are ONLY moderators on mastodon.social. We don't have any authority over the behavior of users on other instances.

If you're reporting a user on another Mastodon instance, please remember to check the box that sends your report on to the remote instance's administrators.

We do not allow impersonation of individuals on mastodon.social. Please report any account that you know is pretending to be another person. (Please do not report someone unless you KNOW they're pretending.) Thank you!

If you're getting the hang of Mastodon, you might have fun giving other instances a try. Mastodon extends beyond mastodon.social, so you get to choose the kind of people you hang out with!

If you want to hang out with queer furries in a safe environment, try computerfairi.es .

If you're an artist, mastodon.art might be your style.

If you want without the stress of Gamers, check out my elekk.xyz .

Or use the instance picker at instances.social/ !

A gentle reminder: follower/following ratios aren't generally considered important here. Please don't harass people for not following back everyone who follows them.

We aim to create an environment where the people you follow are the people whose posts you want to see. You should never feel obliged to follow anyone.

(We recommend at signup that you follow the instance admins - but that's just so you know what's going on and have some posts in your Home column to get you started.)

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Follow friends and discover new ones. Publish anything you want: links, pictures, text, video. This server is run by the main developers of the Mastodon project. Everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!