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.

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@JubalBarca @socrates musing - I've debated a few times setting up an account for Open Life Science (openlifesci.org), an organisation I co-run, and largely haven't because of exactly this concern - I don't have time to do more than link back to twitter. I kind of like the idea of being _able_ to toot on behalf of OLS, but I also feel like probably I could negotiate / re-open that discussion if I ever got the energy to actually curate original content for OLS

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@yoyehudi @JubalBarca Yeah, it's tricky because—where to draw the line between "member of the community who's really excited about something" vs "spam from a rando who just wants to advertise their Twitter and tell us about their Brand"?

And I guess in some ways we're all "cultivating a brand" if you want to think of it in those terms (I really don't)

Maybe a better policy is—"group" accounts are allowed for Scholar members who want to speak with a different voice?

@socrates @JubalBarca that is clear and requires an element of pre-established trust that would (hopefully) prevent or reduce spam.

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