What is squid.cafe?

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Below the thunders of the upper deep,
Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides; above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous and secret cell
Unnumber'd and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant arms the lumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages, and will lie
Battening upon huge sea-worms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by man and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.
— "The Kraken" by Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1830

This is Squid Café, a special (to me) Mastodon instance.

It is not focused on any particular niche interest, however, I am a fountain pen user/collector, hence the semi-related "squid" name. (Squid. Ink. Get it?) Also... Cephalopods. Analog/digital photography, science. It’s all good. Everyone is welcome as long as you follow the code of conduct.

Bow to your cephalopod overloards!

Home to 32 users
Who authored 967 statuses
Connected to 797 other instances

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This is currently a bare-bones instance. I'm working to add things as I go along. As long as you're okay with some occasional down-time here at the beginning, you'll be good.

I'm not your parent, so act like a decent human being. To that... Everyone deserves freedom, but not harassment. Do the latter and you lose the former.

Please note: This is subject to change. If you have suggestions on how to make this better, please contact me.

Code of Conduct Guidelines

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

  1. The following types of content will be removed from the public timeline:
    1. Excessive advertising
    2. Uncurated news bots posting from third-party news sources
    3. Untagged pornography and sexually explicit content
    4. Untagged gore and graphic violence
  2. 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:
    1. Racism or advocation of racism
    2. Sexism or advocation of sexism
    3. Discrimination against gender and sexual minorities, or advocation thereof Xenophobic and/or violent nationalism
    4. Discrimination against any minority and/or religion
    5. Promotion of suicide or self-harm.
  3. The following types of content are explicitly disallowed and will result in revocation of access to the service:
    1. Sexual depictions of children
    2. Depictions of graphic violence against women
    3. Content illegal in Germany and/or France, such as holocaust denial or Nazi symbolism
    4. Conduct promoting the ideology of National Socialism
    5. Specific threats of violence to an individual or group of people
    6. Sending unwanted sexual content, objectifying others in a sexually explicit manner, or otherwise engaging in sexual misconduct
  4. 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:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.

Content Warnings

CW: On public statuses (not unlisted, private, or direct), content warnings are required for any kind of (explicit enough) violence (with or without pics, including gore, *phobia, abuse, sexual or not) and referring to it; sexual content (pics must already be tagged as NSFW, use a CW if you have text or want to warn about specific content). This is not about what is culturally or religiously accepted, but about common sources of trauma that deeply hurt people for very real reasons. Consider yourself lucky if you don't need any of it, but it's not always about you, but about others.

They are also appreciated but not mandatory on: politics, spoilers, anything depressing, etc. Use them in a thoughtful, opportunistic way.

Enforcement

On this instance, a status that doesn't follow these rules may be deleted. On repeated offences or if disturbing public timelines, the account may get silenced (only their followers will see statuses). If silencing is not enough, the account may get completely suspended.

If the account is on another instance, it may get silenced and suspended from here, and I will not hesitate to share reports with other instance admins.

I'll always try to solve problems in the most rational and safe way possible for users, and try to discuss any issue with the people concerned if I think it's worth it. If you at least try to be good and comprehensive, so will I. I understand and accept mistakes, but not being bad on purpose.

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.

Silenced/Blocked Instances

Please talk with me if you administer an instance on this list and think it shouldn't be.
  • See the full list here.

Things for me to do...