Terms of service

Many thanks to mastodon.social, from whom I took/adapted many 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.
    • Any sort of automated scraping of the site for user data whether for research or marketing purposes.

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.

Ownership of content submitted to Scholar Social

User-submitted content, including profile information, avatars, uploaded media, posted content, replies and any other information submitted to Scholar Social remain the property of the user who submits it (provided they owned it to begin with). Scholar Social members and staff do not monetise or sell material posted here. Users retain complete creative and legal control of their own submitted material.

Bots and cross-posters

Scholar Social does not allow bots. We recommend that you put your bot on another instance.

Repeaters of RSS feeds or cross-posters from Twitter or other services are allowed, but only if they post to Scholar Social with the privacy setting set as Unlisted, so that your posts do not appear on the local timeline.

Longevity pledge

Scholar Social is committed to providing long-term service to the academic community, and has no plans to shut down.

In the case that the current site owner is unable to continue to maintain Scholar Social, they will make a good-faith effort to recruit a volunteer to provide services to the users of Scholar Social on the same terms as they are currently offered. (I.e. Scholar Social will never be sold to a large media company for them to monetise its content.)

In the case that no such volunteer can be found, users of Scholar Social will be given an advance warning at least one year before the site is closed.

Does Scholar Social use cookies?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer's hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow). These cookies enable the site to recognize your browser and, if you have a registered account, associate it with your registered account.

We use cookies to understand and save your preferences for future visits and compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.

Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information for marketing purposes or to generate revenue. We may release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety.

We use Chunkhost for VPS hosting and Amazon AWS for media hosting.

Use of Scholar Social for research

Researchers who wish to study Scholar Social or our users by collecting data using the API or through any other means are required to submit their protocol, analysis plan and ethics approval documentation from their institutional review board by email to: scholar.social at protonmail dot-com. You may also be required to submit code you plan to execute so that it can be tested to ensure it does not degrade the quality of service to other users.

Many of our users came to Scholar Social in order to avoid being included in unethical social media research, and so we place a higher value on conducting research on human subjects with informed consent than most other social media, in order to maintain high ethical standards. Failure to disclose your research plan may result in closure of your account, or having your network banned from our service.

Blocked domains

Blocking of other instances may occur in cases where the admin of another instance has explicitly abdicated responsibility for moderating their users' behaviour, either in a public statement or on their instance "about" page. This may also occur in cases where an instance routinely publishes material that is illegal for us to publish.

The following instances have been suspended or silenced on scholar.social.

  • unsafe.space
  • shitposter.club
  • ediot.social
  • pawoo.net
  • masutabedon.com
  • ika.moe
  • baraag.net
  • porntoot.com
  • rainbowdash.net
  • freezepeach.xyz
  • woofer.alfter.us
  • social.au2pb.net
  • sealion.club
  • gs.smuglo.li
  • social.heldscal.la
  • wrongthink.net
  • gs.kawa-kun.com
  • social.targaryen.house
  • social.raptorengineering.io
  • anitwitter.moe
  • anitwitter.com
  • toot.love
  • 101010.pl
  • bofa.lol

Media are blocked from the following instances

  • switter.at