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About skeptics.social

skeptics.social is a social network for rational thinkers and skeptics worldwide.

This site is operated voluntarily by Frank Sonntag and hosted on a server sponsored by AKM Services.

Code of conduct

As many people as possible should feel welcome at skeptics.social, so please follow the code of conduct.

  • You do not have to give your name, but please tell us about your expertise and interests in your bio and introduce yourself using the #introductions hastag.
  • Don’t do anything that’s illegal in Germany or were you live.
  • We want to be inclusive; do not engage in exclusionary behaviour or language. Consider not only the current interaction, but how it would be if your behaviour were common.
  • Don’t harass people. Respect it if people want to stop an interaction. Sexual attention can constitute harassment, even if it wasn’t intended to cause upset.
  • Please relax. Don’t assume you know better than the person you’re talking to.

Users violating these rules may have their accounts suspended and will not be welcome to take part any more.

If you are subject to or observe any harassment, or have any other concerns, please report the toot concerned or message a moderator. Reports will be dealt with discreetly and in confidence.

We want everyone to have a great time and treat each other with respect.

Use of the Content Warning (CW) feature

Mastodon has Content Warnings, please use them. They can be used to collapse a long (series) of messages, but also to hide topics some may find upsetting, especially when people would not expect this kind of content in your stream, e.g., when you are not talking about your area of expertise.

At the bottom of the message editor you can click the "CW" button; anything in the small warning field above your larger message editor field will be visible. The reader will have to click on "Show more" to see the full message.

Use of bots and cross-posters

It is fine to use apps or services which generate toots automatically, but please make sure that you have them under control: make sure they are relevant, try to limit it to a few posts a day. Mark the account as bot. When using bots and cross-posters visit skeptics.social regularly, if only to interact with replies.

Support Mastodon and skeptics.social

The best way to help is to spread the word! If you starting using Mastodon and find it useful then help out by telling other people about it.

This server is free to access and there will never be any subscription charges, but running this server does cost money and we may add a donation system later.