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I've upped the post size from 500 to 9000. Since this is primarily meant to be a discussion server, I find it easier to have an actual discussion without a needlessly small limit. Its non-standard for Mastodon, but it works fine. Speaking of non-standard, we are also running the glitchsoc fork, so we've got a few more options that stock Mastodon. Rad, right?

If you prefer Pleroma instead of Mastodon, then check out the alternative server. Same rules, but it runs Pleroma. If you like something closer to Facebook, check out friendica.freespeech.host. For video stuff, check out freespeech.tube.

This server is on the big SJW blocklist. Which is a shame, because I don't discriminate against them here, but the feeling isn't mutual. So there may be some federation limitations that I can do nothing about. Its their immaturity that's the problem here and something out of my hands.

Rules and Terms of Service

I'm not big on rules or telling people what to do, but... this is my server so I suppose there are a few limitations you should be aware of.

Now, obviously I'm big on free speech, as the domain name and general instance theme suggests. So I'm mainly interested in promoting discussion of philosophy, ethics, politics, really anything that floats your boat.

  • Never eat yellow snow, trust me, its always urine.
  • I don't care what your politics are, everyone is welcome here from AnCaps to Communists.
  • Everyone here is on their own, no one gets special treatment, no one gets to be safe from critism. You are responsible for yourself.
  • Shitposts are allowed, not everything has to be intellectual here.
  • On a site that promotes political and philosophical discussion, I expect arguments to become heated sometimes. Try to sort that out yourselves, but if it looks like its becoming disruptive I'll remind the involved parties to keep it civil. If they don't, I'll take whatever action I feel is appropriate.
  • Don't go around picking on people, its like, not cool, man.
  • No excessive porno, this isn't a image sharing site. There are lots of places that focus on that, go to one of them if thats your thing. No judgement, this just isn't the place for it. Posting the odd dirty image won't be a problem so long as its not illegal stuff.
  • Racism is super tricky, so lets just use some personal judgement here. If you are talking about sensitive topics regarding race, I'm looking mainly at intent here. If you are posting just to be harmful or insulting to people I'll call that racism and off you go. If you are talking about it in pretty much any other context, well, I call that discussion and its fine.
  • Look, its all about intent here. You can pretty much say whatever you like so long as the intent is rational discussion. Someone might be offended and say that you are for/against something to cause harm, but I won't assume it unless it becomes clear to the contrary. If I'm made to think there may be a problem, I'll ask you about it before I do something. Someone being offended doesn't strike me as the end of the world so I error on the side of allowing things.
  • I'm in Canada, and my government doesn't believe in free speech, we don't have a 1st ammendment to protect us here. In fact, we have a lot of nonsense "hate speech" laws here. Limitations on free speech enrage and disgust me, but they exist and are real, and do get enforced when the powers that be decide to forget that Democracy means "the people rule". Just keep that in mind, there isn't much I can do about that.

If you wish to contact me regarding what you feel is a violation or problem that may require my attention, feel free to contact me @shebang@freespeech.host, you do NOT need to have an account on freespeech.host.

I'd like to be able to federate nicely with others, but I also understand that some servers are just not into open discussion of ideas that might not be popular. I don't want to get a reputation as a cesspool of hate and bigotry, but if some people can't take the heat then its ok for them to leave the kitchen. I do not block gab, I'm not willing to ban an entire site of that size because some people are rotten there (and I do admit there is a lot of awful stuff there). Nothing prevents users from making that decision on their own.

This server is backed up to a remote site daily. If something terrible happens, I'll get it back up ASAP, its intended to be a permanent site.

Unavailable content

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 stored, and no thumbnails will be displayed, requiring manual click-through to the original file:

Server Reason
baraag.net Legally dubious/gross images.
pawoo.net Too much loli stuff. This isn't the place for that kind of thing.

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:

Server Reason
mstdn.foxfam.club Nothing offensive, just SO MANY BOTS. Could be removed if requested.
sinblr.com Bots and sleazy advertising.