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Server rules

Below is a summary of rules you need to follow if you want to have an account on this server of Mastodon:

  1. Minimum age: 18
  2. Use a content warning ("CW") on pornography/sexual content, gore, graphic violence, etc
  3. No total smegheads (see below under "How To Get Banned" for more specifics)
  4. Doxxing, brigading, dogpiling, stalking, harassing, and other similar attacks against a person's right to exist without you, are explicitly prohibited

Welcome to the Vulpine Club! We hope you'll enjoy your stay here, and that you'll have lots of interesting discussions and learn about the really neat people around the fediverse. This is a unique and exciting network, and we're pleased you're joining us. Please read the rest of this page to make sure you know what this is all about, and how to play within the rules.

Guiding Principle: The Vulpine Club believes strongly in civility and respectfulness as a cornerstone of any online community. Be excellent to each other.

Keeping the Lights On: We have a Patreon to help cover the costs of running this thing. Feel free to chip in as little or as much as you'd like. <3

Administrator(s): You may e-mail the admins at admins@vulpine.club. For reference, all admins are listed below:

Pronouns E-mail Role Alternate account
Mx. Rey Tucker she/her rey@vulpine.club Owner, Server Infrastructure
violet sie/hir Moderator/Co-Admin
Mx. Sariya Melody they/them (emeritus) Site Reliability Otter

We also have a status page hosted by StatusCake.

Local Flava:

  • We are using the Glitch Edition of Mastodon, aka the glitch.social fork
  • Favourites are now Licks
  • Boosts are now Awoos
  • Toots are now Rawrs
  • Followers continue to be Followers

See also our Github fork, and the differences between our production branch and the glitch-soc master.

We endeavor to maintain 100% HTTPS/TLS support and 100% IPv6 support. You should be able to access any vulpine.club content using only IPv6, and without any unencrypted HTTP traffic. Media content (avatars, images, etc) is hosted by Project Jortage (which only supports IPv4 unfortunately), and the site itself is hosted on Linode. We use CloudFlare as a front-end proxy to enforce federation policy. (Contact rey@vulpine.club if you are having difficulty accessing vulpine.club because of it.)

We have an Ambassador Bot! @Ambassador@vulpine.club is ours. See github for local modifications and more information.

Art and Emoji Credits:

Special thanks to Draekos@awoo.space for creating the custom fox images used throughout!

This instance uses Mutant Standard emoji made by Dzuk, which are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

The "flan" emoji family is by @pamela@bsd.network <3

The "moz" emoji family is excerpted from FxEmojis, a friendly emoji set from Mozilla, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

How To Get Banned: Be advised your access may be revoked at any time for any reason, especially if you are a:

  • Person under 18 (see our full age policy here),
  • Person who posts content such as:
    • Copyrighted content posted without permission
    • Sexual depictions of children
    • Stuff we really don't want to see (untagged pornography/sexual content, gore, graphic violence, etc)
  • Nazi and/or National Socialist and/or Fascist and/or Alt-Right and/or Alt-Furry,
  • Homophobe, Transphobe, Racist, Sexist, Ableist, Islamophobe, Men's Rights Activist, Xenophobe, et cetera,
  • General Douchebag and/or Overall Asshat, and/or
  • Current President of the United States of America

Doxxing, brigading, dogpiling, stalking, harassing, and other similar attacks against a person's right to exist without you, are explicitly prohibited. Using alternate accounts to evade blocks/suspends/silences, whether on the same instance or another instance, is prohibited.

Accounts from other instances will be locally silenced or suspended​ for reported violation of these rules. CoC violations by instance administrators may be enforced on the entire instance​, particularly for single-user instances.

These rules evolve on a regular basis. Most folks will never run afoul of them, which should give us hope for the future.

Guidelines: The following are suggested ways to be excellent to each other, in no particular order.

  • If someone is violating the rules, please report the toot(s) in question, and also consider blocking them.
  • Try to apply content warnings/NSFW tags for long posts, animated GIFs, sensitive topics, etc. This is not a hard-and-fast rule, and we're not going to insta-ban violations, but keeping the Public Timelines usable for as many folks as possible is a goal.
  • Content warnings should definitely be used for pornography, lewd roleplay, spoilers, curse-laden diatribes, photographs of gentlemen named Richard, etc. Content warnings may be used for news, politics, long stories, etc. Community standards are still evolving on this topic.
  • It's a good idea to check your privilege occasionally. Many members of this community identify as part of one or more oft-repressed minority groups (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, person of color, disabled, neurodivergent, etc). Don't expect individuals to produce peer-reviewed research to "prove" their experiences are real; if you're skeptical, do your own research or ask the community as a whole.
  • We don't really mind bots, as long as the bots don't interact with people without their consent. Follow bots will be blocked on sight. On the other hand, if someone brought a bot that tooted pictures of foxes every hour, we'll probably give you a certificate of appreciation.

Ownership: The Vulpine Club is a service of OwO Group LLC. This server's jurisdiction is the City of Somerville, County of Middlesex, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, United States of America.

Privacy Policy: See our privacy policy for information on our data retention and disclosure policies.

Federation Policy: 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. Please see our list of blocked instances for more information.