These ToS were adapted from the bsd.network and chaos.social Terms of Service.
Disclaimer: The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119.
It is our intention that you use this service for personal enjoyment and respectful, friendly interaction. To that end, we encourage you to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment.
The server is privately owned and open to users voluntarily, not a public space. Users wishing to join this community are expected to act without malice and in good faith. Doing otherwise may lead to removal from the service, independent of whether a user violates any rules outlined below.
When in the following we talk about "administrators", we refer to the instance administrators - room administrators may have additional rules regarding kicking and/or banning users from their rooms. As we can not, and do not want to join each and every room, we ask room administrators to make sure the ToS are followed in their room(s).
Information on how to contact the instance admins can be found on our contact page.
The server hosting the instance is located in Germany. An overview of the expenses necessary for keeping this service running can be found in our funding report.
The following apply regardless of instance of the users involved. In rare cases, public or private offline conduct or conduct on a separate instance may constitute grounds for removal from the service.
"Be excellent to each other" is easier said than done, and means different things to different people.
The following rules are a (non-exhaustive) list of behaviours that may lead to deletion of content, silencing or suspension of accounts, at the descretion of the instance administrators.
Please report behaviour that bothers you. We will keep your report confidential.
Content promoting the oppression of any marginalized group is forbidden. We will stand unapologetically in defense of these groups, and will not tolerate hateful language or harmful rhetoric directed toward groups subject to social exclusion.
It is our hope that users will not silence, but rather will amplify the voices of those groups at risk of being unfairly subjected to harassment and discrimination, particularly those who have not always felt welcomed by the open-source and/or hacker community.
The list below is a collection of behaviour that we expect to see from our users. If you see a user go against these best practices in a way that bothers you, please file a report and we will talk to them. While these best practices are designed to be guidelines for a good communal instance, repeated malicious unwillingness to follow the best practices will be considered just like breaking a rule.
If a violation of these rules requires further investigation to make a determination, the administrators reserve the right to choose to act immediately to protect potential victims of misconduct and the community at large.
Content on this instance must not be used for the purposes of machine learning or other "research" purposes without the explicit consent of the users involved.
Spam accounts will be removed at the discretion of the administrators.
Bots may be operated on this instance. However, spammy bots will be dealt with like other spam accounts, and may be removed at the discretion of the administrators.
Suspected impostor/parody accounts may be removed at the discretion of the administrators.
Accounts suspected of camping or remaining idle for excessive periods may be removed at the discretion of the administrators.