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Triggerphrase is subject to active moderation - the public and federated timelines are monitored for inappropriate posts, especially those without content warnings. We defederate from instances that demonstrate a clear lack of interest in avoiding harm or making the fediverse a comfortable place to be. In most cases these are run by and for people who are very enthusiastic about child porn and finding new ways to be racist, and won't be documented publicly, but exceptions include;

  • mastodon.social - media files from this instance are not hosted on our server, and must be viewed through links it provides. This is due to the instance's porn bots that have historically flooded Triggerphrase storage with images at a rate that cannot be moderated.
  • disqordia.space - We have defederated due to their decision to remain federated with a instances that have been responsible for a great deal of harassment against other fediverse instances, including ours. Please see this post for more details.

Any concerns about federation, especially reporting instances that clearly do not meet standards for common decency, should be directed to the administrator.

Triggerphrase Code of Conduct

These rules are not firm laws; they are applied on a case by case basis, informed by the judgement of members of staff. Because of this, please feel free to use the report function to inform staff of any discomforting or upsetting posts, whether or not they violate the rules. Any issues with the code of conduct should be directed to the administrator.

  • Be nice

The Triggerphrase community values good faith, respectful conduct. It's expected that you're careful of other people's boundaries, and are willing to listen and apologize as necessary instead of starting a fight if you cross those boundaries. We all want to be here, so play nice.

  • Be 18+

Triggerphrase is not a suitable community for minors; if you're under 18, please stay away until you're old enough.

  • Be tolerant

Content or attitudes that antagonize marginalized communities are not welcome here. This includes transphobia, homophobia, racism, misogyny, ableism, classism, etc. Hate speech is not permitted. Any publicly posted reclamation of slurs or hateful language should be content-warned appropriately.

  • Be respectful

You must respect the fact that every user has the right to reject replies and questions, ignore, unfollow, mute, or block anyone they want. These are valuable tools that people can use to ensure a safe and comfortable space for themselves, and attempting to circumvent that in any way, including by proxies, is unwelcome here. Sharing a platform with someone does not entitle you to their attention.

  • Be careful

Mastodon has a built-in content warning feature. When making a post, you can click the 'CW' button to add a few words that will be shown before someone sees at your post. If your posts are going to be on the local or federated timelines ('public' posts), they'll be seen in places where kinky or sexual content might not be expected. Content warnings allow your posts to be visible across the fediverse, without causing discomfort for people who don't want to see the topics you're posting about.

There is no 'best practice' for putting content warnings on posts, so it's good etiquette to consider requests from people who'd like to follow you. However, there are a couple of things you should include in content warnings, if you're posting about them publicly:

  • A 'kink' CW for any kink content. You may want to be more specific, e.g. 'hypnosis kink' for posts about hypnosis kink, or 'bondage, d/s kink'. Kinks involving intense themes, or those that involve exploring harmful language and attitudes - such as 'misogyny' and 'sissy' kinks - should have specific content warnings.
  • 'sex' for any content involving the act of sex, or 'genitals' for depictions or descriptions thereof.
  • Flashing images (like spirals) that may cause problems for people with 'photosensitivity' issues.
  • Phobias like 'snakes' or 'spiders'.

If you're unsure of whether or not a post needs a content warning, being cautious and including a couple of words that touch on the major points is usually a safe bet.

Other things that, while not required, are considered polite to have content warnings for include;

  • Selfies, or other images with eye contact.
  • Pictures of food.
  • Long posts with large character counts.
  • Posts with non-standard layouts or characters that might be unfriendly to screen-readers.

  • Banned content

    The following content is not permitted at all, even if tagged appropriately.

    • Anything illegal.
    • Depictions of children for sex or kink purposes.
    • Nazi bullshit.
    • Content posted without the consent of the creator.

    How to use Mastodon

    If you've never used Mastodon before, joinmastodon.org/ is the official resource for learning how to get started. If that's not quite enough, here's quick primer on how to use it.

    Mastodon is a social network in the same 'micro-blogging' style as twitter. You have 500 text characters to make a post (along with sharing images) and the ability to follow specific people's posts, making up a timeline. The main thing that makes Mastodon different is that instead of every account being attached to the same group of users, like most social networks, Mastodon accounts are created on individual 'instances'. An instance is a server running the Mastodon software, each with its own community of users. These communities are often tailored around specific shared interests; in this case, hypnosis.

    What this means is that in addition to being able to see posts from everyone you're following, instances also have a 'local timeline', which is a timeline that contains all the public posts made by users on that instance. So, an instance focused around hypnosis would have a local timeline containing posts from artists, writers, hypnotists and more, publicly available for anyone to see, making it easy to find and follow content creators. Additionally, since users on different instances can follow each other, there's no need to have an account for a particular instance unless you want to have access to the public timeline.

    It works a little bit like email; there are plenty of different email hosts, and you can even make your own, but they all use the same standardized protocols to send and receive emails, so you can send an email from gmail to hotmail with no problems. Mastodon instances are hosted separately from each other, but they use the same open-source software, so communicating between them isn't a problem.

    You can have accounts on as many instances as you want, so if you've already made a Mastodon account, and you'd like a hypnosis-focused one (or just to have access to the Triggerphrase local timeline), you can make an account on this instance, which will show up as ' [your-username]@mastodon.triggerphra.se '. This account is separate from any others you make, and is hosted on the Triggerphrase server, specifically, but you can use it to follow and interact with any Mastodon users on any instance. If you haven't made a Mastodon account, and you'd like a general purpose account that isn't based on a kink server, you can make one on a different instance, and still have a separate account on Triggerphrase (or, just use the local timeline preview to find people to follow).

    Additionally, if you're a Twitter user, there are services to crosspost between Twitter and Mastodon accounts.