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General Stuff

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 blobcatstodon fork, so we've got a few more options than stock Mastodon (and way better emoji).

If you prefer Pleroma instead of Mastodon, then check out the alternative server. Same rules, but it runs Pleroma. 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, even shitposts, really anything that floats your boat.

  • I don't care what your politics are, everyone is welcome here from AnCaps to Communists and everything in between.
  • Everyone here is on their own, no one gets special treatment, no one gets to be safe from criticism. You are responsible for yourself.
  • Shitposts/Random fun/Memes 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 it's becoming disruptive I'll remind the involved parties to keep it civil.
  • Avoid harassment, abusive or bullying behavior. Getting into a heated argument is one thing and that happens, so people losing their temper occasionally isn't a problem. Launching a campaign of this sort of behavior is.
  • 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 that's 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 it's not illegal stuff. Just mark them as NSFW, please.
  • Racism is often unclear, so let's 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. If you are talking about it in pretty much any other context, I call that discussion and its fine.
  • There are no "immediate" bans. Users will have a chance to justify their activity, and be warned before action is taken. My concern is in repeated patterns of disruptive behavior.
  • I'm in Canada, and my government doesn't believe in free speech, we don't have a 1st amendment 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.
nsfw.social Lots of unmarked porno -- no surprise from the name heh, its whats on the tin after all. I'd much prefer to just force-mark the media as NSFW for Mastodon has bad moderation features compared to Pleroma so I have only "all or none" as options. Same applies for any domain with no media from it.
pawoo.net Too much loli stuff. This isn't the place for that kind of thing.
pl.smuglo.li Lots of unmarked NSFW content.

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
sinblr.com Legally dubious in Canada. Also bots and sleazy advertising.