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Week before "Back to School." Show more

Masto maintenance request for resources Show more

If you are on masto dot social I STRONGLY encourage you to join a smaller instance. Dot social has become way too large for its moderators to be effective, or for its users to feel there is a “culture” they belong to. Stuff like the wilw scuffle, or complaints about what’s on your feed, can be addressed more effectively by a smaller community. It make take a couple tries before you find the right fit—and that’s okay! Don’t worry about followers you’d “lose”, that’s not important here.

Two more planning days before students! Show more

New School Year Show more

Hey dudes of Mastodon! Can you leave the mansplaining on those other sites and not bring it here? It's easy! When you see a post from a woman you don't know:
✔️ Be friendly or insightful. Both is better!
✔️ Assume she knows the subject, even if you think she just made an error
✔️ Ask good-faith questions about her context
✔️ "Yes! And..."
❎ Neg
❎ Give unsolicited advice
❎ Act like she knows nothing about the subject
❎ Presume she wants to (or has any responsibility to) debate you.

Mastodon Caution for New Users Show more

Mastodon Caution for New Users Show more

Please consider this: you have choices all day long about how you treat people. Every interaction can be kind, or it can be cruel, and the choice you make will have an effect on people you’ll never meet. Make a choice that you’ll feel good about.

“But it’s ONLY for accessibility reasons”
NO, it’s only because this is the semantic way to do it, the proper way, the way it’s supposed to be done in HTML and yes this way is actually the accessible way as well, but it’s mostly about doing your job the right way :)

few more #welcome tips for new users as gathered from experience: Show more

#welcome tips for new users as gathered from experience: Show more

Greetings to new friends on

We're all very happy to have you!

We do things a little differently from Twitter here, for example:

* If posting as Public it goes on the Local Timeline, so we try to keep that "on-topic", and post "off-topic" stuff as Unlisted
* We try to get in the habit of using Content Warnings
* We try to be sincere and positive, and leave the constant "outrage culture" at the door :)

Please read through our community standards

A fork of GIMP that's just GIMP with a better name when

Masto theming Show more

PSA for new meow and mastodon users about reports Show more

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Scholar Social

NOTICE: Registration on is open to anyone who is willing to abide by our Community Standards. Email scholar dot social at protonmail dot com if you want an invite!

Federated microblogging for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities in academia, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"An academic microblog that you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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