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.
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.
Triggerphrase is absolutely not a suitable community for minors; if you're under 18, regardless of anything else, please stay away until you're old enough.
Content or attitudes that antagonize marginalized communities are not welcome here. This includes transphobia, homophobia, racism, misogyny, ableism, classism, etc. Slurs and hate speech are not permitted.
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.
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're required to include in content warnings, if you're posting about them:
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.
The following content is not permitted at all, even if tagged appropriately.
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.