Code of Conduct, Rules & Guidelines

Mania Systems Code of Conduct

We (the moderators) want this to be a space for everyone, and non-traditional artists & creatives in particular. That means we need to be able to support each others ideas, and keep the space safe & respectful. These guidelines are the rules help all of us do this.

This document is divided into several parts:

  • Rules: Things that are probably obvious to most people that are hurtful or unpleasant.
  • Etiquette: Things you might not be aware of that help keep the space awesome for everyone.
  • Consequences: How we handle violations of these rules and guidelines.
  • Who to contact: Who you should contact if you have an issue, and how.

Rules

This section covers stuff that is not okay to do here - generally because one way or another, it hurts or represses people.

These may not cover every situation, so moderators can still make decisions at their own discretion.

These apply to all Mania Systems spaces - online, and off. Any web domain that ends in mania.systems is inherently considered to be part of that.

Your moderators will take any accusations seriously, and will handle them anonymously.

Groups of people that aren't welcome here

nds of ideologies or affiliations, you are not welcome here and you will be immediately banned if found out:

  • Neo-fascism (White supremacy / White nationalism / Neo-nazi / Alt-right / Alt-light / Identitarian / Male supremacy / Manosphere)
  • Reactionary (GamerGate / Anti-feminism / Neo-reactionary)
  • Neo-feudalism ('Anarcho'-capitalism / 'Objectivism' / Right-wing Libertarians)
  • TERF, SWERF or otherwise anti-trans or anti-sex worker
  • Truscum, Transmed or other kinds of identity policing.
  • People who are generally phobic/shitty towards non-binary genders.
  • Religious fundamentalism or anti-abortion. (Other types of religion are A-OK!)
  • Militarism, Chauvinism, Ethno-nationalism, Xenophobia or similar.
  • Stalinism, Maoism or similar. (Non-authoritarian forms of Socialism and Communism are A-OK!)
  • Shitty furries (Nazifurs and any furry that thinks being a bigoted piece of shit is okay!)

If you work in any capacity (whether as a direct employee or a contractor) for any of the following types of organisations, you aren't welcome to be a part of our community, and if you reveal yourself as such, you will be banned:

  • Police
  • Immigration enforcement
  • Intelligence/spy organisations

If you need to get in touch with us in an official capacity, email sysadmin@mania.systems

Apart from those listed, if you have any ideology that believes in - whether violently, non-violently or religiously - the repression of people based on race, gender identity, sexuality and so on, you are also not welcome here.

Ideologies or affiliations based on controlled counter-violence in opposition to oppression (like antifa/antifascism) are welcome here.

Actions and behaviours that aren't welcome here

This covers a lot of mostly obviously unpleasant stuff.

Hate speech

Hate speech results in an immediate ban. Here are some examples of what we mean:

Comments, imagery, memes or publications that demean, dehumanise, malign or otherwise hurt a person or a group of people based on certain characteristics or group status, including but not limited to:

  • Race
  • Sexuality
  • Gender identity, including trans and non-binary gender identities
  • Being intersex
  • Age
  • Body size/weight
  • Disability
  • Religion/spirituality
  • Sex work
  • Kinks or fetishes
  • Certain personas or forms of identity (furries, otherkin, plural systems, etc.)
  • Poverty/lack of wealth

Saying things or things in a particular way, like:

  • Racial slurs, ableist slurs, etc.
  • Intentional misgendering (intentionally using pronouns or phrasing to refer to someone's gender incorrectly, or using a name that has been rejected or is considered a "deadname")

It's okay to criticise things like religions, but only as long as that isn't just a wedge/shield for bigotry (eg. using feminist concepts to malign all forms of Islam instead of rationally talking about the specific forms of Islam or Islamic communities which do have misogyny issues).

Marginalised communities (like PoC or women) being fed up with systemic problems and complaining about certain groups' lack of understanding or action about certain issues (ie. white people, men) is not hate speech. If you're not a part of the problem, it's not an attack.

Generally unacceptable behaviour

These result in an immediate ban:

  • Clearly being disrespectful or acting like an asshole.
  • Telling someone to or suggesting that someone should harm themself, commit suicide, be killed, or die. We don't care if it's a joke.
  • Refusing to CW (content warning) content that should be in a CW (see the Etiquette section), or refusing staff requests to CW content.
  • Advertising or preaching (as opposed to sharing or genuinely showing off things to people, which is totally fine.)

This is also super not okay:

  • Making sex jokes or flirting with someone when they haven't specifically said that's okay on their profile. This includes physical contact or simulated physical contact (e.g. hugging someone in a reply).

Harassment and Threats

Any of these kinds of things will result in an immediate ban:

  • Intentionally sending posts to someone that are designed to distress or insult them.
  • Using posts, screenshots or out of context quotes to mock or make fun of someone else.
  • Submitting false reports against someone else.
  • Continuing to interact with someone after they have told you to stop.
  • Threatening to harrass, threatening to dox, threatening to DDoS, or any other kind of threat.
  • Sexual harassment or acting in a sexually predatory way.

Conspiracy theories, pseudoscience and scams

It's important that our server is a place for constructive ideas, and not ones that are used as weapons, tools of disinformation, or spreading information that can cause harm.

Some kinds of conspiracy talk and discussions of the occult are fine, but these are examples of the kinds of things that are unacceptable here:

  • Anti-vaxxer
  • Climate change denial
  • Flat earthers
  • NWO, Illuminati, Chemtrails, Pizzagate, etc.
  • Hate group conspiracy theories like Holocaust Denial.
  • Pseudoscience like Homeopathy, 'healing crystals', etc.
  • 'Creation Science' and other religious forms of pseudoscience.
  • Promoting MLMs (Multi-Level Marketing schemes) or Ponzi schemes.

Guerilla ontologies and similar things are absolutely fine.

Sexual content involving minors

Do not flirt with someone who is under 18.

Do not post illustrated imagery featuring sexualised depictions of people who appear to be underage. Even if there's something saying they are over 18, they should reasonably look like they are over 18.

Do not post erotica involving minors. (actual child porn is also absolutely not allowed)

Any of these will result in an immediate ban.

FOSTA/SESTA

We are a sex-worker positive space and we openly advocate for sex worker rights. However, you should be aware that FOSTA/SESTA do apply, though we don't agree with it, and avoid using our community for offering or seeking sex work.


Etiquette

These are general things to be aware of if you join our community. You may not be used to them, and that's okay! We're willing to help you if you stumble along the way.

If a moderator asks you to repost something with a content warning or asks you to change or delete a content for a particular reason outlined in this section, it doesn't mean you're in trouble. You're just being given a friendly pointer so you can help make this space awesome for everyone 😄.

Local Timeline (Mastodon only)

This section applies only to the Mastodon instance hosted at mastodon.mania.systems

(Mastodon has different 'timelines' that different people can see - the Local Timeline is a timeline everyone in this instance can see. You post to it by choosing 'Public' (the globe icon) in your post toolbar.)

We really want our Local Timeline to be an antidote to traditional social media posting; a more down to earth place where people talk about themselves and what they're up to.

  • Let everyone have space to share things. Be selective about your Local posts and avoid posting too many things at once.
  • Avoid posting lots of external links on the local timeline. We want everyone to share things about themselves, and reposting stuff from elsewhere can make the space feel impersonal.

Use CWs for sensitive content.

This section applies to all of our community spaces

CWs (content warnings) are a really cool way for people to keep climate control over their community experience. It's especially useful in these stressful times, but it's also useful if you or other people have particular mental health conditions or are just having a bad day.

You should CW your content when it contains any of the following topics, whether the content is good or bad.

On Mastodon, feel free to add (+) for positive content, (~) for mixed content and (-) for negative content.

  • Politics (normally abbreviated to 'pol' on Mastodon along with the country/region, ie. 'UKpol', 'DEpol', etc.)
  • Potentially triggering Mental Health topics (normally abbreviated to 'mh' on Mastodon).
  • Alcohol ('alc' on Mastodon) and drugs
  • Diet talk or weight loss Discussion of dieting, including any judgments about "healthy food" even if you're not counting calories, should be CW'd differently from "ooh yummy" types of food content.
  • Food in general
  • NSFW content
  • Sexual themes or content
  • Violent themes or content, blood and gore
  • Themes or content about abuse
  • Generally negative things/events/people
  • Things people might find scary (Like certain animals such as snakes and insects.)
  • Long Mastodon posts (our Mastodon instance post character limit is 2500, but that doesn't mean everyone wants to read that much all the time, and it can easily fill up people's timelines)

Also CW images that have nudity or these areas of the body exposed:

  • A certain area around the nipples (and/or the nipples themselves). From the end of the ribcage to the bust line.
  • Anything less than what boxer briefs or shorts would cover around the groin area.

This applies to all bodies regardless of gender.

You should use CWs at all times if your post matches the criteria. Even when you think it's urgent that people should know about it (you can add that it's urgent in the CW if you like).

Always write descriptions for your images.

On Mastodon, there is an image description feature, meaning that you can attach text descriptions to the images you upload so the blind or visually impaired can understand what the image is.

For other types of content, there are ways to caption or provide "alt text" for an image, which serves the same role. If you can't find a technical way to do it, add the description to the content itself.

There is never a time that this would not be potentially useful to someone.

Some tips for writing image descriptions:

Write:

  • Placement of objects
  • The kind of image it is (photo, painting, drawing, CG, chart, text, screenshot etc.)
  • Colours
  • People and animals
  • Placement of text
  • Emotions (ie. smiling)
  • General surroundings)
  • (Generally what is important to understanding the picture, or what the point of the picture is.)

Don't write:

  • Descriptions that are too detailed.
  • Details of the picture that would be obvious in the given context (like, you don't need to say that a face has two eyes, a nose and a mouth because you've said it's a face).
  • Details that aren't the point or the focus of the picture.
  • (Generally what isn't important to understanding the picture, or what the point of the picture is.)

Be explicit about region-specific posts.

Keep in mind that our community has users from all over the world - and our federated spaces (such as Mastodon, PeerTube, PixelFed etc) have even further reach than our community.

If you have a post (like advice or politics) that's only relevant to a certain part of the world, mention what part of the world it is for.

Be careful when considering giving unsolicited advice.

We try to be respectful of the opinions and views of others. Often unsolicited advice or prosletyzing, while well intentioned, can never the less make a person feel like their beliefs, values, or experience are invalid. For this reason, you should err on the side of caution.

If you see something bad, get in touch.

Corporate social media like Twitter and Tumblr can often make people feel powerless to actually take people who behave badly out of the picture, and this can lead to an ecosystem where issues are taken out publicly, and they can create mobs that cause a lot of people stress and can also easily harm the wrong people.

Here, you have staff who are willing and able to help you and investigate and deal with problems. Please don't post publicly about these issues, make a report, email or DM one of the moderators or admins.

Leave edgy humour and societal baggage at the door.

There are things you might be used to doing that you think are okay, but they actually hurt other people or make them feel unwelcome.

You'll need to keep in mind that these are not okay and you shouldn't do these kinds of things if you decide to join us.

Here are some examples:

  • Rape jokes
  • Making jokes at the expense of content warnings ('triggered' jokes).
  • Putting marginalised people in the position of having to defend or explain their marginalisation. It's your responsibility to do your own research.
  • Microaggressions (you can find some examples of what that kind of thing is here)
  • Using phrases similar to 'not all men...' when someone is just venting about something they've experienced. If you're not a part of the problem, then you don't need to see it as a personal attack.
  • Not using CWs properly (see the CW section above for guidance).

We'll help you if you genuinely make mistakes along the way, but please really try to keep them in mind.

Consequences

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the administrators may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all Mania Systems spaces and identification of the participant as a harasser to other Mania Systems members or the general public.

Who to contact