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:
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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Researchers who wish to study Scholar Social or our users by collecting data using the API or through any other means that does not involve an "opt-in" from individual users 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.
This does not apply to, e.g. surveys circulated on Scholar Social that individual users can consent to participating in. This does apply to database scraping software, or any means of recording user activity where our users might be surprised that they were included afterward, because they were not given a chance to consent.
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.
Scholar Social will suspend other instances in cases where an instance publishes material that is illegal for us to publish.
Instances that consist entirely of spam-bots, follow-bots, or who appear to be scraping the Fediverse or doing other potentially malicious data-mining will be suspended.
Blocking of other instances will also occur in cases where another instance's policies are fundamentally at odds with those of Scholar Social. This includes, but is not limited to: the embracing of Nazi philosophy, exploitative depictions of children, toleration of harassment, etc.
Other instances may also be blocked in cases where the admin of another instance has abdicated responsibility for moderating their users' behaviour, either in a public statement or on their instance "about" page.
NEW—to take effect on 2019 January 1, unless I am given a very compelling reason against it:
In the spirit of decentralisation, Scholar Social will silence instances whose weekly unique login count is greater than 5,000, unless they have closed registrations. Users of Scholar Social will still be able to search for and follow users on those instances, however they will not appear in our Federated Timeline.
Scholar Social will suspend any instance launched, acquired or funded by Alphabet, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, or Elsevier.
The following instances have been suspended or silenced on scholar.social.
Media are blocked from the following instances
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, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.
"A Mastodon profile you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"
(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 @firstname.lastname@example.org 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.