I have added "no institutional accounts" to our Community Standards, because periodically an organization or a school or something tries to set up shop on Scholar, and they invariably spam the Local Timeline with nothing but links back to their Twitter account

If you are a member on Scholar and you have a compelling reason why this is a bad policy, I'm legitimately open to discussion

:NoAt: If you are not a member of Scholar, please do not interact, thanks

@socrates Why is the rule "no institutional accounts" rather than "no linking back to Twitter?" I dunno, having institutional accounts here isn't something I currently do but it is something I can imagine wanting to do for things like some of the workshop series I run or for smaller research cluster-groups.

@JubalBarca 1. There are already several rules about not turning your account on Scholar into a dump/mirror to another account, but none of the institutional accounts that ended up here were interested in following them

2. I have a really hard time drawing any other principled line to distinguish posts made by an institutional account from "spam"

3. Academic departments or schools shouldn't be foisting IT costs on to, well, me personally and making me administer a server for them


@socrates Could the rule be drawn to departments/schools/funded bodies rather than organisations more widely? Because I get point 3 if it's like the University of Wherever History Faculty, but I'm more thinking about e.g. the Coding Medieval Worlds seminar I run or the Medieval Caucasus Network, aka network bodies with a lot of ECRs & independent scholars without available instituional support.

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