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This instance is running on our fork of Mastodon linked at pluralcafe/mastodon with modifications from glitch-soc/mastodon (docs) and can be compared against the main Mastodon source code repository here.
Contributions are welcome, including any new themes, logos or images. You can contribute by submitting a pull request to the pluralcafe/mastodon git repository with any changes you wish to make.
All new registrations follow @Barkeep by default. By signing up to Plural Café, you agree to the following rules:
Keep Content Appropriate
- You must be at least thirteen years old (in body age) to join this instance. If you are found to be younger than this age, your account will be suspended and you will be asked to return when you are older.
- No spam or blatant advertising.
- Do not promote illegal activities. Discussing the effect of drug use on plurality is allowed behind a Content Warning, but promotion or suggestion is not allowed.
- Mature/NSFW discussion, as well as explicit content and pornography should be tagged under a Content Warning. Sexual solicitation are not allowed anywhere on this instance, including explicit images or links.
- Any content that includes highly traumatic topics (specifically: abuse, self-harm, suicide, rape) or graphic or explicit discussions must also be hidden behind a Content Warning.
- Respect copyright and artists. Do not post links to pirated material, and do not use art without crediting the original artist. Link to an artist's site directly rather than hotlinking or uploading the image if at all possible. In addition, if an artist requests that you do not repost their work, respect their request.
- #nobot rules are enforced. Any bot that ignores #nobot being placed in a user's profile bio will result in Plural Cafe staff warning the bot administrator first, and being blocked if it continues.
Respect Other Users
- Respect the identities, experiences, and personhood of others. People have their own subjective realities, and "science" is not an excuse to invalidate others. Personal attacks, aggression (passive or otherwise), harassment, and trolling of any kind (including concern trolling) are not permitted.
- We do not allow users to demean or talk down to others, regardless of whether the other is a daemon, a tulpa, or a multiple systemmate. In other words, we do not treat anyone here, regardless of what kind of systemmate they may be, as less or more "real" than another member, or their opinions or feelings as less valid than another's. We judge posts by their content, not the identities of their author.
- Bigotry, hate and prejudice--be it racism, sexism, transphobia, ableism, or homophobia--will not be tolerated. (Important note: while we do not allow mockery of otherkin identities here, species is not a gender and no one here is obliged to observe nounself pronouns, nor nonbinary pronouns/neopronouns beyond what is currently listed in what the user lists as preferred pronouns in their user bio or in their timeline.) Ableism, such as by calling out names regarding their mental capacity, pointing out behavior as mental illness as an insult, making fun of folks who experience learning disabilities or autism spectrum disorder, have language speaking deficiencies- whether by a condition or by not being a primary English speaker, and making light of any physical disabilities a person experiences. The golden rule is "don't be a jerk".
- Respect the beliefs of others. You have a right to request proof for extraordinary claims that affect physical reality (e.g. systemmates manifesting physically, lighting trees on fire with thought alone). However, if someone's belief is inherently harmless and ultimately unprovable (like believing other worlds exist or that a systemmate is a spirit), "proof or die" attitudes and belief shaming will not be tolerated. (You are still welcome to state your own beliefs respectfully ("this is how I believe things to be" rather than "this is how things actually are") if they are relevant to the discussion rather than you "correcting" someone's beliefs. For example, in a status asking if systemmates will enter an afterlife, "there is no such thing as an afterlife" is not accepted, but "I personally do not believe in souls, or an afterlife. But if they do exist, I don't see why not" is a-okay.)
- While you are welcome to debate, please remain respectful and use proper logic (i.e. no ad-hominem) to back up your points--previously stated rules regarding respecting identity, experiences, and personhood are still in play. You have the right to ask respectful questions (e.g. "Why do you believe in an afterlife if there's no physical evidence for souls?") and to politely decline questions that you don't care to answer--you do not have the right to insult others (e.g. "You're pathetic for believing in souls") or attack people for politely asking questions about your beliefs.
- Do not impersonate others. Impersonating others will result in an immediate suspension.
Respect The Community
- Be mindful of what is being uploaded. Unlist or restrict to followers sensitive content. You can also restrict toots to local only.
- Using alternate accounts to evade blocks/suspends/silences, whether on the same instance or another instance, is prohibited.
- Do not leak personal information, whether you are leaking a member's physical-world identity here or spreading identifying information posted on this instance elsewhere. This includes users engaging in the purpose of mocking or "spreading dirt" on other users here. Doxxing, brigading, dogpiling, stalking, harassing, and other similar attacks against a person's right to exist without you, are explicitly prohibited. Post potentially identifiable information at your own risk.
- Plural Café administrators reserves the right to revoke a user's posting ability at any time. These rules may also change at any time.
Penalties: With the exception of offenses specifying immediate suspensions and obvious spamming/trolling, violations will result first in warning, then in temporary suspension of your account, then in indefinite suspension. Particularly blatant offenses will result in immediate indefinite suspensions, including and especially threatening to harm another member.
Other Instances: As with the Penalties section above, users on other instances that violate these rules in the process of communicating with users on this instance are held to the penalties listed in said section. Instance administrators that run afoul of the violations may find their instance completely silenced and/or suspended, depending on the severity of the rule.
What information do we collect?
- Basic account information: If you register on this server, you may be asked to enter a username, an e-mail address and a password. You may also enter additional profile information such as a display name and biography, and upload a profile picture and header image. The username, display name, biography, profile picture and header image are always listed publicly.
- Posts, following and other public information: The list of people you follow is listed publicly, the same is true for your followers. When you submit a message, the date and time is stored as well as the application you submitted the message from. Messages may contain media attachments, such as pictures and videos. Public and unlisted posts are available publicly. When you feature a post on your profile, that is also publicly available information. Your posts are delivered to your followers, in some cases it means they are delivered to different servers and copies are stored there. When you delete posts, this is likewise delivered to your followers. The action of reblogging or favouriting another post is always public.
- Direct and followers-only posts: All posts are stored and processed on the server. Followers-only posts are delivered to your followers and users who are mentioned in them, and direct posts are delivered only to users mentioned in them. In some cases it means they are delivered to different servers and copies are stored there. We make a good faith effort to limit the access to those posts only to authorized persons, but other servers may fail to do so. Therefore it's important to review servers your followers belong to. You may toggle an option to approve and reject new followers manually in the settings. Please keep in mind that the operators of the server and any receiving server may view such messages, and that recipients may screenshot, copy or otherwise re-share them. Do not share any dangerous information over Mastodon.
- IPs and other metadata: When you log in, we record the IP address you log in from, as well as the name of your browser application. All the logged in sessions are available for your review and revocation in the settings. The latest IP address used is stored for up to 12 months. We also may retain server logs which include the IP address of every request to our server.
What do we use your information for?
Any of the information we collect from you may be used in the following ways:
- To provide the core functionality of Mastodon. You can only interact with other people's content and post your own content when you are logged in. For example, you may follow other people to view their combined posts in your own personalized home timeline.
- To aid moderation of the community, for example comparing your IP address with other known ones to determine ban evasion or other violations.
- The email address you provide may be used to send you information, notifications about other people interacting with your content or sending you messages, and to respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions.
How do we protect your information?
We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you enter, submit, or access your personal information. Among other things, your browser session, as well as the traffic between your applications and the API, are secured with SSL, and your password is hashed using a strong one-way algorithm. You may enable two-factor authentication to further secure access to your account.
What is our data retention policy?
We will make a good faith effort to:
- Retain server logs containing the IP address of all requests to this server, in so far as such logs are kept, no more than 90 days.
- Retain the IP addresses associated with registered users no more than 12 months.
You can request and download an archive of your content, including your posts, media attachments, profile picture, and header image.
You may irreversibly delete your account at any time.
Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer's hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow). These cookies enable the site to recognize your browser and, if you have a registered account, associate it with your registered account.
Do we disclose any information to outside parties?
We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our site, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety.
Your public content may be downloaded by other servers in the network. Your public and followers-only posts are delivered to the servers where your followers reside, and direct messages are delivered to the servers of the recipients, in so far as those followers or recipients reside on a different server than this.
When you authorize an application to use your account, depending on the scope of permissions you approve, it may access your public profile information, your following list, your followers, your lists, all your posts, and your favourites. Applications can never access your e-mail address or password.
Children's Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance
Our site, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old. If you are under the age of 13, per the requirements of COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act) do not use this site.
This document is CC-BY-SA. It was last updated March 7, 2018.
Our default federation policy is open, but in the interest of fostering a useful and pleasant experience, we will block domains that are known to be lawless havens of iniquity. This list is based off of Dzuk's Mastodon Blocklist Advisory and include instances that violate our instance rules. Domains added to the Blocklist will automatically be added to Plural Cafe as well.
If you believe your instance has been wrongly suspended, please e-mail the instance administrator.