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✨ Welcome to metu.life

This server is hosted by Free Software Society. The goal of metu.life is to offer a social and chill online campus experience for METU members. By visiting this site you agree to the terms of service below and our privacy policy.

πŸ“œ Code of Conduct

As of 18/01/2021

The following guidelines are not a legal document, and final interpretation is up to the administration of metu.life; they are here to provide you with an insight into our content moderation policies:

πŸ’­ General

  • Respect other users and their backgrounds.
    Here are some examples of activities that will not be tolerated:
    • Harassment.
    • Hateful speech.
    • Being transphobic, racist, fascist, or supporting any oppressions in general.
    • Jokes about suicide, self harm.
    • ...And potentially more as we encounter specific cases, but you see the picture.
  • When interacting with users outside of this community, you have to follow the rules of their community.
    For the majority of cases, following our set of rules should be sufficient.
  • Don't share anyone's personal information without their consent, and delete content about a person should they ask.
  • For profit companies accounts aren't allowed.
    (If you look around a bit there are communities made specifically for this)
  • Offering sex services is prohibited in this community.
    (If you look around a bit there are communities made specifically for this)
  • Boosting content is considered the same as posting content. If you boost something, you can be held responsible.
  • If you misbehave somewhere else, we reserve the right to sanction you locally.
  • Don't go on a crusade against those who don't respect our local rules, people from other communities have no obligation to follow ours.
    • If you don't like to see the content of these people, you can block or silence them.
    • If you think that a community is nothing more than a source of nuisance, please contact me.
  • No content illegal in Turkey.

πŸ’¬ Posting

  • It is mandatory to put under CW the following topics, if posted in Public timelines:
    • Spoilers.
      If you're not sure what a spoiler is, here's the Wikipedia article about it
    • Strong negativity.
      Many of us are already having a hard time. It's hard to come across negative content when you don't want to.
    • Violences.
      Anything that seems violent to you. From a fictional murder description to a video of police violence.
    • Politics.
      The depressing state of current politics is not to everyone's liking when they come here to relax.
    • Scary Bugs.
      Honestly, who likes close-up photos of spiders?
  • It is recommended to put the linked posts in the same thread.
    • Integrate as much content as possible in the same message if it is linked. We have a larger character limit than most Mastodon communities, so take advantage of this.
  • Spamming is of course not allowed.

Please note that if you are okay with sensitive content, you have the freedom to enable "Always expand toots marked with content warnings" setting anytime.

πŸ–ΌοΈ Attachments

  • You have to follow proper procedures when posting NSFW content.
    If you don't understand what NSFW means, here's the Wikipedia article about it.
    • You must hide NSFW content using the Mark media as sensitive checkbox
    • You must put explicit (Pornographic, fluid everywhere, etc) content on the Unlisted or Followers-only privacy level. Anything but Public .
    • You may not have NSFW content in your profiles.
  • If you are posting a media with Public privacy level, be sure to include a description for the visually or hearing impaired.
    • To do that, use the edit button when the media is uploaded.
    • The description must follows Wikipedia's guidelines. (It's also a good guide if you're afraid of not doing it right.)
  • Sexual depictions of minors (drawings included) are not allowed and are considered like pedopornography.
    • This same rule applies if it is your body, you have to be at least 18 years old to post sexually implying pictures of yourself, no exceptions.

πŸ†˜ Handling harrassment

If you are being harassed, please report the user using the "…" button and then "Report." For urgent concerns, please contact with administration.

If you engage in harassing behavior, the moderator may take any action they deem appropriate, such as a warning or an expulsion.

πŸ‘©β€πŸ’» Our team

πŸ”Privacy policy

We will never share your data with anyone else, except in the case of valid legal requests if it comes to that. (Hopefully it won't come to that!) Similarly, users and third parties are forbidden from scraping content from the instance's web interface or API; you are required to respect robots.txt files.

For more read our privacy policy.

πŸ˜€ Fediverse Friendly Moderation Covenant

This instance commits to the following

1. Administration and Moderation will be handled as neutral as possible

Reports and widespread information on specific instances (often known as bad actors) will be verified and actions might be taken as necessary.

2. Actions taken will respond to the bare minimum to keep the network operating and not influence the ability of the instances users to connect to other people

  • If another instance spreads media content of questionable legality for the region the current instance is operating from, these files might be rejected from being saved.
  • If another instance is sharing hateful messages that impact local users, there might be consideration of silencing that specific instance from being visible in timelines. If users follow and/or wish to follow users on the target instance, they are still free to do so.
  • If another instance is posting content illegal in the local instance operation region or actively posts content attacking local users, a full instance block might be the last resort.

3. Communication before Actions

If any of the above behaviours start to surface from a given instance, the moderation of the local instance will attempt to inform the moderation/administration of that instance and resolve the problems coming from there. Only if no communication succeeded or no results that resolved issues came forth, actions will be taken towards that instance.

4. We won't recommend blocks

Blocklists and block recommendations as an information source are taken for granted but lack accurate verification. Instead of using these options to publicly announce instances of questionable intent, we will inform local users of such, with the reminder of possible personal options for hiding content that might impact their experience of the network.

5. No Guilt-by-Association/Federation

If we have applied any action against Instance X, an Instance Y that federates with them will not get the same judgement applied to them. A natural connection, as by the networks design, does not imply shared interests and thus doesn't warrant the same moderation methods.

Regardless of all given points above, in special cases the instance moderation/administration might still opt to block an instance, while this is tried to be avoided at most.

This Covenant is based on The Fediverse-Friendly Moderation Covenant and is licensed under CC0