awoo.space is a Mastodon instance where members can rely on a team of moderators to help resolve conflict, and limits federation with other instances using a specific access list to minimize abuse.
While mature content is allowed here, we strongly believe in being able to choose to engage with content on your own terms, so please make sure put mature content behind the appropriate content sensitivity features with enough description that people know what it's about.
Before signing up, please read our community guidelines.
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What is Awoo.space?
Awoo.space is a small social network where folks are expected to be respectful of boundaries and identities. We have a dedicated team of moderators available to help deescalate conflict and help educate folks on social missteps if they inadvertantly cause harm. We want it to be a place to help facilitate safe personal growth and healing.
While the Mastodon platform gives its users a great many tools that help to deal with abuse, the nature of federation can expose our users to admins and users on distant instances completely out of their control. To mitigate this possible problem, awoo.space limits what sites we federate with to selectively allow communication with other instances in order to more sustainably grow the network and limit exposure to potential harassment and abuse.
Our vision is to curate a space where folks can be more open with one another while still being able to control their public visibility without being forced to provide emotional labor when folks accidentally step across boundaries in order to help people do better.
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Thank you so much to all these folks for supporting us on Patreon and choosing to be publicly recognized for it! Your money goes towards making our staff members' time working here and towards art from awoo.space community members!
I'm an instance admin. How do I federate with awoo.space?
Short answer: use this form.
We think of Awoo.space as a well-run house party, with other instances as the invitees. We need to trust the folks we let into our party, and we need to know they won't bring along anyone else who will make the party suck for everyone. This is especially a concern given how admins can't always account for the actions of all their users, much less users of other instances they federate with.
With that in mind, here's what we look for when deciding whether or not to federate with other instances:
- Your instance has a CoC similar to Mastodon.social's, or you agree with Mastodon.social's CoC and follow its principles while administrating your instance
- You understand that your users are subject to awoo.space's CoC while interacting with our users
Primarily we just ask that folks be respectful of us on awoo.space. Visibility is of huge concern definitely consider asking folks if you're not sure you have permission.
It's worth noting that due to how private posts federate publicly onto GnuSocial, and therefore potentially boostable, we do not federate with GnuSocial instances at this time.
If all of this sounds reasonable to you, please sign up using this Google Form.
Feel free to contact us if you want to discuss these terms or have any questions about federating with us.
The current administrators of this instance are:
The current moderators of this instance are:
Moderators here take on a different role than other places- they do not have the power to directly silence or ban your account, and are instead are volunteers whom the administration trusts with a direct line of commmunication with the admin to help facilitate the respect of boundaries and keep discussion and education civil so that awoo.space is a safe place for folks.
We are interested in more moderators, but are not currently actively searching for new ones. If you are interested, please contact the administrator. We are trying to build a diverse team for this place and if you feel you fit into that and don't mind volunteering then please let us know!
The short version: Be specific with content warnings, always use content warnings on the local timeline, always mark sensitive content in images, respect boundaries and identities, speak to the staff if you have a problem that you can't resolve with another person in a civil manner. Remote users are also expected to follow these but are given the same guarantees of behavior from our users.
The following guidelines are not a legal document, and final interpretation is up to the administration of Awoo.space; they are here to provide you with an insight into our content moderation policies:
When interacting with other users, all users both local and remote are expected to adhere to the following:
- Respect boundaries as placed by others
- Be respectful/apologize if someone tells you that you cross a boundary accidentally
- Give people space if you accidentally push past a boundary
- If you are on either side of this and are worried about the situation escalating, contact the admin or a mod
- Tag potentially upsetting content such as violence/blood, politics, nonconsentual actions, and other such topics
When interacting with other users, any users (local or remote) will be considered in the wrong in a conversation that goes sour if they participate in the following:
- Microaggressions ("not all men", white/man/cis-splaining, using the wrong pronouns to address someone after being corrected, etc)
- Demanding education on problematic behavior from a non-admin/moderator
- Skirting the lines of being a troll
- Not tagging potentially sensitive replies
- 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 following types of content will be removed from the public timeline:
- Posts that do not tag upsetting content
- Untagged nudity, pornography and sexually explicit content
- Untagged gore and extremely graphic violence
The following types of content will be removed from the public timeline, and may result in account suspension and revocation of access to the service:
- Racism or advocation of racism
- Sexism or advocation of sexism
- Discrimination against gender and sexual minorities, or advocation thereof
- Xenophobic and/or violent nationalism
- Ableism or advocation of ableism, as described above
- Arguing with a moderator or admin in bad faith, especially as a new member to the community
The following types of content are explicitly disallowed and will result in revocation of access to the service:
- Sexual depictions of children
- Content illegal in Germany and/or France, such as holocaust denial or Nazi symbolism
- Conduct promoting the ideology of National Socialism
Any conduct intended to stalk or harass other users, or to impede other users from utilizing the service, or to degrade the performance of the service, or to harass other users, or to incite other users to perform any of the aforementioned actions, is also disallowed, and subject to punishment up to and including revocation of access to the service. This includes, but is not limited to, the following behaviors:
- Continuing to engage in conversation with a user that has specifically has requested for said engagement with that user to cease and desist may be considered harassment, regardless of platform-specific privacy tools employed.
- Aggregating, posting, and/or disseminating a person's demographic, personal, or private data without express permission (informally called doxing or dropping dox) may be considered harassment.
- Inciting users to engage another user in continued interaction or discussion after a user has requested for said engagement with that user to cease and desist (informally called brigading or dogpiling) may be considered harassment.
These provisions notwithstanding, the administration of the service reserves the right to revoke any user's access permissions, at any time, for any reason, except as limited by law.