This is a queer-friendly general-purpose federated Mastodon instance. You may use it as a personal account, but the focus is on academics. This is supposed to be "A microblogging profile you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference." :)
Real names and credentials are only recommended if you plan to use your account on this instance for networking purposes; they are absolutely not required.
The "topic" for this instance is: academia, research, teaching and learning, which is intentionally a very broad topic. You do not need an advanced degree to join (or any degree, for that matter).
If you consider yourself a scholar of any sort, and you are willing to engage with others respectfully, and you will respect our community's efforts to make this a safe space for queer people and other minorities, you are absolutely welcome here.
This instance was specifically started to provide a safe space for queer people and other minorities in academia. Due to the antagonistic relationship that law enforcement has often had with these groups, police officers and employees of any law enforcement or intelligence agency are not welcome on this instance.
After signing up, post a message to the Local Timeline telling us who you are, what your academic interests are, and helping us to get to know you better. I have set the administrative account to automatically boost public posts tagged with #introductions. (But if you abuse this by using it for anything else, I will close your account without warning.)
Please add CW's (content warnings) that are accurate and descriptive enough to enable reader consent to the following types of posts:
There is a setting in your preferences to open all posts with Content Warnings automatically, if you don't want to click through each one.
It is an expectation of this instance that you add descriptions to all images and video that you post to aid in accessibility.
If you post an image of a screenshot of text, it is an expectation of this instance that you transcribe the text in the image description.
Posts on the Local Timeline (ones with the "Public" privacy setting) will be checked to ensure that Content Warnings are applied, images are described, and other expectations are followed. Unlisted posts will not be proactively reviewed, but will still be subject to rules regarding abuse and other hate-speech.
Use a CW if you're not sure that your post is "on-topic." Let's try to avoid turning the Local Timeline into the same rehashing of the outrage-of-the-day that we see on Twitter!
Not every post on the Local Timeline should be CW'd, but most should. Do your best to try to accommodate each other, and try to be understanding when there is a clash of expectations or needs.
The following will result in: a warning from the admin or having offending posts deleted, possibly without prior notice.
Do not attempt to weaponize our Community Standards or anti-abuse tools/policies against marginalized groups such as people of colour, women or queer people. Users of Scholar Social are expected to have the literacy to understand that "reverse discrimination" is not real, and so attempts to re-centre discussions of marginalized people around the feelings of the privileged will be taken as manipulative behaviour undertaken deliberately in bad-faith. (E.g. white people should not demand that people of colour put CW's on every discussion of race; a straight person who reports a queer person for writing "I hate straight people" may find their own account suspended.)