What is scholar.social?

A Mastodon instance for academics

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

"A Mastodon profile you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

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This is a 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 Mastodon profile you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference." :)

Real names and credentials are recommended for networking purposes but are absolutely not required.

Do

  • Brag about your publications
  • Share references and resources
  • Network with other academics
  • Add CW's (content warnings) to your posts liberally: label strong language, rants, spoilers of TV shows, etc. We're academics! We love meta-data!
  • Recruit participants for academic surveys—formal, IRB-approved ones or even informal ones (just make sure to CW them and don't get too obnoxious about it)

Don't

  • Post anything that could be described as "spam"
  • Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, etc.
  • Impersonate other people
  • Harass other people

Terms of service

Many thanks to mastodon.social, from whom I took these policies.

The following guidelines are not a legal document, and final interpretation is up to the administration of scholar.social; they are here to provide you with an insight into our content moderation policies:

  • The following types of content will be removed from the public timeline:
    • Excessive advertising
    • Uncurated news bots posting from third-party news sources
    • Untagged pornography and sexually explicit content
    • Untagged gore and extremely graphic violence
  • The following types of content will be removed from the public timeline, and may result in account suspension and revocation of access to the service:
    • Racism or advocation of racism
    • Sexism or advocation of sexism
    • Discrimination against gender and sexual minorities, or advocation thereof
    • Xenophobic and/or violent nationalism
  • The following types of content are explicitly disallowed and will result in revocation of access to the service:
    • Sexual depictions of children
    • Content illegal in Germany and/or France, such as holocaust denial or Nazi symbolism
    • Conduct promoting the ideology of National Socialism
  • Any conduct intended to stalk or harass other users, or to impede other users from utilizing the service, or to degrade the performance of the service, or to harass other users, or to incite other users to perform any of the aforementioned actions, is also disallowed, and subject to punishment up to and including revocation of access to the service. This includes, but is not limited to, the following behaviors:
    • Continuing to engage in conversation with a user that has specifically has requested for said engagement with that user to cease and desist may be considered harassment, regardless of platform-specific privacy tools employed.
    • Aggregating, posting, and/or disseminating a person's demographic, personal, or private data without express permission (informally called doxing or dropping dox) may be considered harassment.
    • Inciting users to engage another user in continued interaction or discussion after a user has requested for said engagement with that user to cease and desist (informally called brigading or dogpiling) may be considered harassment.

These provisions notwithstanding, the administration of the service reserves the right to revoke any user's access permissions, at any time, for any reason, except as limited by law.