Below is a summary of rules you need to follow if you want to have an account on this server of Mastodon:
We welcome past or current academics (including graduate students) whose work engage with philosophy. You don’t have to be affiliated with a philosophy department.
This is a real identity server. Please have identifying information somewhere in your profile (username or display name or bio).
To join, please provide your academic name and a link to your institutional affiliated page in the "reasons to join" box. If you are not current affiliated, provide a link that proves you are an active researcher (e.g., google scholar site).
We welcome accounts from all languages.
We welcome institutional accounts (departments, journals, societies, etc). Since we rely on real professional identity to curb problematic behaviour, we ask institutional accounts to comply with one of the following:
After choosing a display name and filling in a bio, you can write an introductory post of yourself and pin it to the top of your profile. Tag #introduction and folks who see it will generally boost it.
Here are some ways of finding philosophers on the fediverse:
Note: to follow someone from another instance, you need their full account name, which is [username]@[domain name]. Similarly, to have other people follow you, give them [yourusername]@fediphilosophy.org
There are many ways to disengage on Mastodon. You can filter content, block users, or block entire instances. You can also limit posts to be visible to followers only, and require potential followers to ask for your approval before they can follow you. For detailed guides, see here.
No hate speech. This includes racism, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, and anything else that interferes with other people celebrating their full selves. Violators will be banned at the admin's discretion.
As a general rule, if you dislike someone’s posts, disengage with them first. Only report (and please do report) a user if 1) they are going out of their way to harass you or another user, or 2) you believe their conduct negatively affect the community.
CW feature can be also used to collapse long posts, and is generally a good practice for long discussions on a narrow topic.
Most offenses will start with a warning. Especially egregious offenses may result in immediate bans.
It is very important to know that you are using a server that I (the admin) own (well, rent, but same idea). Anything you post on the server, including private messages, are not private to me.
I won’t want to read your private messages, but they are available to me. If you want to send something truly privately, please use an email or a phone.
I will do my due diligence to ensure the security of your data. But if disaster strikes, or if you are banned from the server, I am not obligated to recover your data. Please don’t use this server to store vital information.
This server endorses freedom of expression in the sense that I will not ban or censor posts (unless they violate server rules. It does not mean that I can protect your online presence from other authorities.
Q: Does it mean I can only post professional content here?
A: No. You can post whatever you want, as long as you obey basic server rules. (Basically, don’t be a jerk!)
Q: What's the difference between Mastodon servers? Should I change server?
A: There are several reasons someone already on a Mastodon server might want to switch to another one (called "migration"):
One server has better configuration than the other.
Since Mastodon is open source, each instance has the liberaty to modify it in a variety of ways. For example, the default character limit for a toot is 500. Fediphilosophy has the character limit set to 10,000. These kinds of changes will be able to display across servers (i.e., a low-limit server can still see the entirety of a 10k character toot... we have an auto-collapse function), but if it's important to how you use Mastodon, you might consider a migration.
Other than the above, it doesn't make a big difference which server you are on. You can interact with anyone (well, anyone that isn't banned from and hasn't banned your server) on the fediverse.
If you'd like to migrate, follow this guide: How to migrate from one server to another
It would be really nice if someone can draw me a picture of a philosophizing Mastodon to use as the server icon. Just sayin’.
If you have any great ideas on how to improve the server, let me know! Bonus points if you also know how to implement them. Ideas include but are not limited to:
Please: no financial contribution from precariously employed scholars.
You’re also not at all expected to contribute financially. That said, if you really want to, you can do so here: https://ko-fi.com/fediphilosophy
Currently (Nov 2022-2023), the per-year direct cost of this server is: 33.83 CAD for domain name and protection, 37.67 CAD for email domain, 180.72 CAD for hosting. 120 CAD for email distribution.
(These prices will change in two (domain) or three (hosting) years.)
Fediphilosophy is created and operated by Kino Zhao (@kinozhao) and Chrisy Xiyu Du (@xiyudu)