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There have been a few questions over the last day day or two about our moderation policies. Where complaints are received from other instances we'll consider each on its own merits. Possible moderation actions include:

1) Do nothing
2) Warn the user, and optionally delete the post
3) Silence (mute) the user
4) Suspend (effectively delete) the user.

I know a lot of people have joined recently because of account bans/deletions on Twitter, and so I'd like to explain how we moderate.

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gender recognition act, lgbt orgs 

its people like @trumpet and @stux who are making the fediverse an exciting place to be. thank you for your work!

A small but I think valuable piece of advice for new folks coming from twitter.. Make frequent use of mute, block and report.. there are no algorithms here that decide what you do and do not see, you curate your own experience.

instance (server) admins in general want to provide a welcoming and safe place so will usually investigate and respond to reports.. but are usually volunteers etc. We miss things if we are offline.

Also, if you didn't arrive en masse as part of a semi-organised movement and are not sure who to follow etc. check out trunk.. https://communitywiki.org/trunk

Take your time to get used the differences between here and twitter.. there's no rush ;)

Also, your public posts can be seen by any other Mastodon instances that link to us, of which there are currently over 4,000. When you post do please be mindful of the wider Mastodon community!

That said, we were a great little site with a lovely community before, and now we’re a bigger site with a lovely community. So, whatever your beliefs, let’s make this a corner of the internet where we can be proud to be Scottish ☺️

Just a couple more quick thoughts as our user count increases rapidly! Over 700 new users in the last 24 hours and counting.

mastodon.scot was started in early 2018 as a Mastodon instance for Scottish users

While we’ve had a huge influx of pro-independence supporters be mindful this instance is for all Scots, even those with different views. Please be respectful of others’ beliefs. We’ll always have to share Scotland whatever happens!

Hello, ! A brief : I'm a long time Mastodon user and a moderator at another instance, and because of my interest support for Scottish independence, I've volunteered to help with the moderation here. I'd be glad to help answer any questions you have as you get settled in.

Take a minute to look at this guide by @noelle which tells you how Mastodon is different from Twitter and shows you features you may not have noticed:

github.com/joyeusenoelle/Guide

Just as matter of interest how many Independence supporters on here are planning to close their Twitter accounts?

Hi everyone, since we have LOTS of new users just a quick reminder here of our rules. We subscribe to the Mastodon Server Covenant (link below). This states that a Mastodon instance should have:

"Active moderation against racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia

Users must have the confidence that they are joining a safe space, free from white supremacy, anti-semitism and transphobia of other platforms."

Please be mindful of these rules when posting.

joinmastodon.org/covenant

Hello new users! Lovely to see so many new people on here 🙂

@taragmeni @Sheila321 there is a mastodon.scot instance - you might try to register there (it will be your second account if you will) or try to search for people from there

@trumpet @rodti

TIL, there's a mastodon.scot "...primarily intended for (but not limited to) users in Scotland or who identify as Scottish."

Admin is @trumpet

Just in time for #TwitterExodusScotland

It looks like our relay was the cause of the issues so we're going to turn it off for now. A stable instance is better than one with a relay, right?

And bad things clearly come in pairs. We've had some complex I/O errors over the past couple of days which took mastodon.scot down and took a while to investigate. In the end we took the decision to restore from a backup from the 19th of October which so far seems to be stable. We'll keep an eye on things over the next few days.

Oops! We had a minor SSL certificate issue which is now fixed. Apologies for any inconvenience.

EXCITING TIMES! We have upgraded to Mastodon v3.0.0.

github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/

Thanks to @Gargron and all the development team for their hard work 🙂

HI EVERYONE. Mastodon v3.0.0rc1 has just been released and we've updated the instance already.

github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/

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mastodon.scot

This is a Mastodon instance primarily intended for (but not limited to) users in Scotland or who identify as Scottish.