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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. We are progressive and will not tolerate racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, any kind of queerphobia, or hate speech. "Free Speech" is not a priority of this instance.
  2. Be aware of power imbalances and intersectionality, and act accordingly.
  3. We use content warnings liberally. Please consider content warning topics that could cause distress to others.
  4. Don't say anything that will get you or old.mermaid.town in trouble with The Law. We are located in Australia, and our privacy laws are stacked against us.

Eligibility

Old Mermaid town welcomes people of any location, ancestry, gender, religion, etc. While the server is located in Sydney, we are not an Australian-focussed instance.

You need an invitation to sign up to Old Mermaid Town.

Terms of service

Many thanks to scholar.social and mastodon.social, from whom I took/adapted many policies.

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

  • The following types of content will be removed from the public timeline:
    • Excessive advertising
    • Uncurated news bots posting from third-party news sources
    • Untagged 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
  • 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.
    • Any sort of automated scraping of the site for user data whether for research or marketing purposes.

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.

Rights regarding content on Old Mermaid Town

User-submitted content, including profile information, avatars, uploaded media, posted content, replies and any other information submitted to Old Mermaid Town remain the property of the user who submits it (provided they owned it to begin with). As much as is legally possible given the nature of this service, it is the policy of Old Mermaid Town that users retain complete creative and legal control of their own submitted material.

Emojis

Custom Emojis can be requested by users.

Bots and cross-posters

Old Mermaid Town does not allow bots. We recommend that you put your bot on another instance.

Longevity pledge

Old Mermaid Town is committed to providing long-term service to the academic community, and has no plans to shut down.

In the case that Old Mermaid Town shuts down, users of Old Mermaid Town will be given an advance warning at least six months before the site is closed.

In case of downtime or data loss

While we strive to provide continuous service and avoid errors and data loss, Old Mermaid Town provides no guarantees regarding uptime and cannot be held responsible in the case that account data is lost or corrupted. It is recommended that you export your own data archive periodically. Backing up your account is your own responsibility. Users whose accounts are suspended for breaking our Community Standards will not be given an opportunity to download a copy of their archive.

Does Old Mermaid Town use cookies?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer's hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow). These cookies enable the site to recognize your browser and, if you have a registered account, associate it with your registered account.

We use cookies to understand and save your preferences for future visits and compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.

Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information for marketing purposes or to generate revenue. We may release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety.

We are hosted on Linode in Sydney, Australia. Media is stored in Singapore.

Use of Old Mermaid Town for research

Researchers who wish to study Old Mermaid Town or our users by collecting data using the API or through any other means that does not involve an "opt-in" from individual users are required to submit their protocol, analysis plan and all relevant ethics approval documentation from their institutional review board or departmental internal review documentation by email to: deb at mermaid.town. You may also be required to submit code you plan to execute so that it can be tested to ensure it does not degrade the quality of service to other users.

This does not apply to, e.g. surveys circulated on Old Mermaid Town that individual users can consent to participating in. However, this does apply to database scraping software, or any means of recording user activity where our users might be surprised that they were included afterward, because they were not given a chance to consent.

At the admin's discretion, you may be asked to submit your research protocol, and the institution that is providing ethical review, even in the case that it is an opt-in survey. Failure to disclose your research plan may result in closure of your account, or having your network banned from our service.

Old Mermaid Town instance blocking policy

Old Mermaid Town will suspend other instances in cases where an instance publishes material that is illegal for us to publish.

Instances that consist entirely of spam-bots, follow-bots, or who appear to be scraping the Fediverse or doing other potentially malicious data-mining will be suspended.

Blocking of other instances will also occur in cases where another instance's policies are fundamentally at odds with those of Old Mermaid Town. This includes, but is not limited to: explicit anti-queer hate/racism/sexism, the embracing of Nazi hate, exploitative depictions of children, toleration of harassment, etc.

Other instances may also be blocked in cases where the admin of another instance has abdicated responsibility for moderating their users' behaviour, either in a public statement or on their instance "about" page.

Moderated servers

Hometown generally allows you to view content from and interact with users from any other server in the fediverse. These are the exceptions that have been made on this particular server.

Filtered media

Media files from these servers will not be processed or stored, and no thumbnails will be displayed, requiring manual click-through to the original file:

Server Reason
dobbs.town

Limited servers

Posts from these servers will be hidden in public timelines and conversations, and no notifications will be generated from their users interactions, unless you are following them:

Server Reason
argentum.social
blacksun.social
home.social
infosec.exchange
lviv.social
ravenation.club
toot.community
dobbs.town

Suspended servers

No data from these servers will be processed, stored or exchanged, making any interaction or communication with users from these servers impossible:

Server Reason
101010.pl
10minutepleroma.com
2ar.xyz
4chan.icu
80percent.social
absturztau.be
aethy.com
akko.disqordia.space
ak.kyaruc.moe
alive.bar
amala.schwartzwelt.xyz
ancreport.com
animalliberation.social
anime.website
a.nti.social
antivaxxer.icu
ap.maladaptive.art
arachnid.town
archivefedifor.fun
a.sc
asimon.org
atlas.fedi.live
badly.co
bae.st
bajax.us
banepo.st
baraag.net
based.directory
bbs.keinpfusch.net
beefyboys.club
beefyboys.win
berserker.town
bestgore.fun
bigchungus.theautisticinvestors.quest
bikeshed.party
birds.garden
bitcoinhackers.org
bittube.video
blob.cat
bofa.lol
bofh.social
bozgor.org
brasileiros.social
brighteon.social
bwzone.xyz
cachapa.moe
campduffel.social
canberrasocial.net
cawfee.club
cdrom.tokyo
censorship.icu
chudbuds.lol
chungus.cc
clubcyberia.co
club.darknight-coffee.org
clube.social
cock.fish
cock.li
cock.lu
comfyboy.club
contrapointsfan.club
counter.fedi.live
counter.social
cryptodon.lol
cum.desupost.soy
cum.salon
cybercrusade.xyz
cyberfuck.club
daishouri.moe
dbuild.xyz
degenerates.fail
degooglization.icu
desuposter.club
detroitriotcity.com
dingdash.com
distrotoot.com
djsumdog.com
donteatanimals.org
eatthebugs.social
eientei.org
elekk.xyz
elementality.org
etiketi.de
eveningzoo.club
fans.sonichu.com
fedi.anti-degeneracy.club
fedi.club
fedi.intkos.link
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freak.university
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freespeech.group
freespeech.icu
freethinkers.host
freethinkers.lgbt
freezepeach.xyz
frennet.link
fribygda.no
friendica.eskimo.com
froth.zone
fuck-man-i-just-want-like-one-friend.xyz
gab.ai
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gab.com
gab.io
gameliberty.club
gasthe.lgbt
gearlandia.haus
gendercritical.club
gendercritical.space
genderheretics.xyz
genitalia.observer
geofront.rocks
getbackinthe.kitchen
ghetti.monster
gitmo.life
gleasonator.com
gleasonator.dev
glindr.org
glowers.club
godspeed.moe
goodchristian.website
gorf.pub
goyim.app
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helladoge.com
hentai.baby
herosofbionicals.bigchungus69.club
hexagon.space
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hitchhiker.social
honkwerx.tech
hunk.city
husk.site
iddqd.social
ieji.de
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journa.host
justicewarrior.social
k3tan.com
kabuki.club
katiehopkinspolitical.icu
kisslolis.moe
kiwifarms.cc
kiwifarms.is
kiwifarms.pleroma.net
kompost.cz
kosmos.social
koyu.space
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lain.com
lain.gay
lain.sh
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leafposter.club
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liberdon.com
ligma.pro
lizards.live
loliandstuff.moe
loli.estate
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loli.pizza
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lolis.world
lostvoid.cyberretards.xyz
lounge.dtzbts.xyz
lush.moe,lc.imexile.moe
masochi.st
masthead.social
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mastodon.city
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mastodon.hach.re
mastodon.satoshishop.de
md.kakise.tech
megamast.io
melalandia.tk
memehub.eu
merovingian.club
mhp.singleuser.club
midnightride.rs
minidisc.tokyo
misskey.bubbletea.dev
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miss.mouse.services
mk.danksquad.xyz
mk.disqordia.space
moggy.xyz
monads.online
morale.ch
mstdn.jp
mstdn.starnix.network
mugicha.club
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musksocial.com
myasstodon.xyz
nazi.social
neckbeard.xyz
neenster.org
neet.church
neko.ci
nicecrew.digital
niscii.xyz
nnia.space
noagenda.social
noagendasocial.com
nobodyhasthe.biz
normie.cafe
novoa.nagoya
ns.auction
obo.sh
office.dtzbts.xyz
omg-anime-tiddies.i2p.rocks
onevery.ignorelist.com
oursocialism.today
outpoa.st
pawoo.net
paypig.org
pedo.school
pieville.net
pirateradio.com
pisskey.io
plandemic.icu
pl.anon-kenkai.com
pleroma.8777.ch
pleroma.elementality.org
pleroma.freespeech.host
pleroma.kitsunemimi.club
pleroma.leftychan.net
pleroma.narrativerry.xyz
pleroma.nobodyhasthe.biz
pleroma.skyshanty.xyz
pleroma.soykaf.com
pleroma.us
pl.kitsunemimi.club
pl.kotobank.ch
plma.plus.st
pl.serialmay.link
pl.slash.cl
pl.smuglo.li
pl.thj.no
poa.st
podcastindex.social
political.icu
pone.social
pooper.social
poster.place
posting.lolicon.rocks
povertypimps.xyz
preteengirls.biz
projectveritas.icu
pube.tk
qoto.org
quanta.wiki
rage.lol
rakket.app
raygungothic.xyz
rayn.bo
rcsocial.net
rdrama.cc
refusal.biz
refuse2.work
repl.co
rettiwtkcuf.social
rino.icu
rojogato.com
ryona.agency
salesforce.social
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sayit.world
scamdemic.party
seal.cafe
sealion.club
search.fedi.app
seo.chat
shitpost.cloud
shitposter.club
shortstackran.ch
shota.house
silkhe.art
skins.gay
skippers-bin.com
sleepy.cafe
sneed.shop
sneed.social
snowdin.town
soapbox.midwaytrades.com
social.076.ne.jp
social.arclight.pro
social.arinbasu.online
social.b10m.net
social.berzs.xyz
social.danksquad.org
social.fbxl.net
social.getgle.org
social.handholding.io
social.here.blue
social.lovingexpressions.net
social.piaste.it
social.quodverum.com
social.redxen.eu
social.teci.world
social.urspringer.de
social.wideboys.org
spearman.xyz
spinster.xyz
springbo.cc
stereophonic.space
strelizia.net
stupid.moe
super-niche.club
supes.com
tardis.world
tastingtraffic.net
thebag.social
theburning.world
thecitadel.social
thecitizen.icu
theduran.icu
thepopulist.icu
thepostearthdestination.com
theres.life
traboone.com
trumpislovetrumpis.life
truthsocial.co.in
truthsocial.com
tucson.claims
tuusin.misono-ya.info
udongein.xyz
unbound.social
unholy-lair.69.mu
untwitter.cf
urchan.org
ursal.zone
uwu.social
varishangout.net
videos.danksquad.org
voicenews.icu
vuju.com
whinge.town
wintermute.fr.to
wolfgirl.bar
wolfie.pw
workers.dev
wurm.host
www.banepo.st
www.bigguys.club
xenofem.me
xn--p1abe3d.xn--80asehdb
yggdrasil.social
youjo.love
zefirchik.xyz
zztails.gay