Grab a hot cocoa or coffee from the bar, kick back and relax. This is a Mastodon instance that is focused around fostering a friendly and welcoming community for plural systems and plural-friendly singlets alike. Multiple accounts for each systemmate is also allowed, if you choose!
The Plural Café administrators can be reached via email at admin [AT] plural [DOT] cafe, or alternatively by direct messaging the administrators listed in the @Barkeep description.
Mastodon is Twitter-style social networking combined with email-style instanced servers. It's named after the metal band, but themed after the extinct megafauna.
Each Mastodon instance is independent but networked, like email servers. If you sign up for an email account on gmail.com, you don't automatically have an account on hotmail.com or aol.com, but you can send and receive messages to and from users on hotmail.com and aol.com.
Likewise, if you sign up for an account on mastodon.social, that doesn't make an account for you on every other instance, but you can talk to users from other instances and they can talk to you.
From Plurality Resource:
The most simplified definition of the term plural that includes all people who take the label is “someone who shares the same physical body with other individuals.” Such a group is sometimes referred to as a system, though many plural groups use different terminology. Because plurality can take many vastly different forms, it is difficult to expand this definition without excluding someone who might otherwise share characteristics or concerns with most other members of the community. It does seem this basic trait is the only thing groups of people who refer to themselves as plural universally share. In other words, there are many, many ways to be plural, and no two systems are the same even as far as basic characteristics. There are a lot of trends in the community, however, and various types within the umbrella term of plural that seem to be subsets.
There is a prevailing theory in the community that sees plurality as a spectrum going from singlet (one person in one physical body) to median (a term describing groups that have one main member plus others who are somewhat separate) to multiple (a group of distinct individuals in which more than one person can take control of the physical body). Groups who deviate from these subsets are seen as occupying an in-between ground along the spectrum.
All new registrations follow @Barkeep by default, but may unfollow them. Instance administrators and moderators are listed on that account's profile. By signing up to Plural Café, you agree to the following rules:
Plural.cafe aims to be a welcoming space for all plural systems and plural-friendly singlets. Our goal is to create and maintain a space that is:
These topics must have a content warning when posted at "public" or "unlisted" visibility. They do not have to be content warned on "followers-only" posts on locked accounts that mention them in the bio or a pinned toot. Images with these must be marked sensitive.
Note that discussion of politics, racism, other forms of oppression, venting, etc. are *not* on this list. We still recommend being considerate of your fellow café-goers and using content warnings for potentially sensitive, hurtful, or triggering posts.
Technical note: an image-only toot cannot have a content warning. We recommend using a single ".", 🖼️, or other character in the toot body so that it displays properly.
In addition to the above, these rules apply to automated posts and bot accounts.
These are the tools available to moderators for resolving rules violations. Except for particularly severe cases, no action will be taken against local user accounts without discussion or warning. Beyond that, the exact tools used will depend on the situation and are up to moderator discretion.
Plural.cafe federates with other instances, so posts from other instances may show up on our timelines. However, we do not value platforming harassment and hate speech ("unrestricted free speech" as some might say) as highly as the safety of our users. Though moderation is more difficult due to the volume, the server rules still apply to posts sent to us by other instances. In many cases, we can deal with issues by taking action against a single remote user. If an instance admin or multiple users are causing issues we may also reject media from, silence, or suspend the entire instance.
We also suspend instances that knowingly and intentionally federate with known harassers on the Fediverse, like Gab and Kiwifarms.
The full block list is presented below so that people on plural.cafe or interested in joining are aware of the restrictions we impose on federation.
If your instance is on this list and you would like us to moderate at a more fine-grained level instead of saving our time, our contractor rate is currently 50 USD an hour for any time we spend on moderation-related activities related to your instance. Please contact us by email if you're interested.
Mastodon generally allows you to view content from and interact with users from any other server in the fediverse. These are the exceptions that have been made on this particular server.
Media files from these servers will not be processed or stored, and no thumbnails will be displayed, requiring manual click-through to the original file:
Posts from these servers will be hidden in public timelines and conversations, and no notifications will be generated from their users interactions, unless you are following them:
No data from these servers will be processed, stored or exchanged, making any interaction or communication with users from these servers impossible: