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After two years, it's time for me to retire as an active moderator at mastodon.social. This is an amicable departure and I'll remain available to Eugen and the other moderators as a resource, but I won't be a formal part of the moderation team anymore.

Thank you all for the work you put into making mastodon.social and the Fediverse at large a good place to be.

Take care and be kind. 💚

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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. ❤️

After two years, it's time for me to retire as an active moderator at mastodon.social. This is an amicable departure and I'll remain available to Eugen and the other moderators as a resource, but I won't be a formal part of the moderation team anymore.

Thank you all for the work you put into making mastodon.social and the Fediverse at large a good place to be.

Take care and be kind. 💚

Reposting for the day crew:

Hello, new arrivals to mastodon.social! Some thoughts:

mastodon.social is not the only Mastodon instance. Check out instances.social to find more niche instances.

mastodon.social has rules. Read mastodon.social/about/more for general guidelines.

mastodon.social is not a haven of free speech, and the admins and moderators are pretty leftist. If you're here because Facebook banned a bunch of alt-right accounts and you're Mad About Censorship,

Hello, new arrivals to mastodon.social! Some thoughts:

mastodon.social is not the only Mastodon instance. Check out instances.social to find more niche instances.

mastodon.social has rules. Read mastodon.social/about/more for general guidelines.

mastodon.social is not a haven of free speech, and the admins and moderators are pretty leftist. If you're here because Facebook banned a bunch of alt-right accounts and you're Mad About Censorship,

If you're on ANY Mastodon server:

Please make sure that the email address associated with your account is one that you check regularly. (If you need to adjust your email address, you can do so under Preferences > Account.)

A reputable Mastodon server will never sell or distribute your email address. However, we may need to contact you outside of Mastodon about your account, so it's important that your address be correct and frequently checked.

If you're on mastodon.social, please use content warnings/CWs to hide spoilers for current media content, like , , , etc.

This includes anything you cross-post from Twitter.

Going forward, we will be disabling account access (NOT suspending) if we see un-CWed spoilers until we have confirmation that you've received the message and will act appropriately going forward.

Just in case this doesn't go without saying: mastodon.social does not allow and will ban on sight any porn or sexualized images including anyone who is or appears to be a minor, including "cub" porn.

When you sign up for a Mastodon instance, please make sure that you actually check the email address you used to sign up.

Your server's moderators and admins will assume that the address you signed up with is a valid means of communication if they need to get in touch with you (for instance, if you've violated your server's rules).

When you find another server to join, you can use this link to place a marker on your mastodon.social account, letting your followers know where to find you:

mastodon.social/settings/migra

And you can get lists of the people you follow, mute, and block, as well as an archive of your toots and media uploads, here:

mastodon.social/settings/expor

mastodon.social users: If your reason for joining Mastodon is to post nudes and/or pornography, please start looking into other Mastodon servers to join.

We're happy to have been a sandbox where you can figure out how Mastodon works and get comfortable with it, but mastodon.social isn't really suited to large volumes of adult content.

humblr.social comes to mind as a server that might be better-suited to your content.

Thank you!

@CM_noelle Kiwi farms is a self described harassment community that actively posts personal details about people they target in their forums. If you or anyone you know is targeted by these disgusting people, please report their site to cloudflare, their proxy and dns provider.

Reminder: Kiwifarms and Encyclopedia Dramatica are not reliable sources. The sites and their contributors care far, far less about the truth than they do about generating outrage, and both are linked directly to 4chan and as such are inherently suspect.

I am saying this not in response to anything in particular, just as a general PSA. Do not trust Kiwifarms and ED. They care only about increasing your fear and anger. They do not have your best interests at heart.

Tips for MOVING from one Mastodon instance to another

In Settings, you can...

1. Export some of your data from your old account (if you want). This includes who you follow/block/mute. Note that you can't take your _followers_ with you, but they can definitely choose to follow your new account! (see 1st screenshot)

2. Set your old account to show that it's Moved to another account (your new account) (see 2nd screenshot)

3. Obviously: toot about your new account from your old account

I never thought I'd see the day when a report came in and I thought "Oh, thank goodness, it's only porn".

Thank you all for your help in reporting the spambots. We think we got all of them, but if we missed some, please don't be shy about reporting them. We'll handle them as soon as we see the reports.

"What makes an image NSFW, according to Yahoo[/Tumblr]?"

open_nsfw.gitlab.io/

(CW: synthetic pseudo-nudity)

FYI: mastodon.social users may not have an avatar (user icon) that's not safe for work. We can and do remove these avatars. If your avatar is NSFW, please replace it now with something NOT NSFW. Thanks!

Hot tip: Unlike Tumblr, if you click on a post, you can see the entire thread it belongs to. You don't have to go digging through endless reblog trees to figure out who's said what on the subject - it's all right there. So if you join a conversation, it's a good idea to check the thread and make sure you've got the full context for what's going on - you're rarely in danger of missing a post because it's down someone else's reblog rabbit hole.

New users, since it's come up: please remember that Mastodon is not a corporate entity like Tumblr or Twitter. The specific server mastodon.social, in fact, is owned and operated by one person, who sets the rules for the server. If you don't like the rules here (which you can find at mastodon.social/about/more ), there are many, many other servers on the fediverse - each run by an individual or group, some of them running their own software! - that might be more to your tastes.

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