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Code of Conduct

This document lays out the ground rules for participating in the Fosstodon community. It is intended to protect all members of our community from harassment and to ensure that our community is as welcoming and inclusive as possible. This is a working document, so the Fosstodon team may amend this CoC to better meet these goals in the future.



While it’s important to know what Fosstodon is, it’s just as important to understand what we’re not. Fosstodon is not:

Public Toots

Public Toots are those that are posted to the public timelines. This means that anyone on Fosstodon can see your Toot on the local timeline and anyone on the Internet can see your Toot via the see what’s happening page. This also means that your Toot will be visible to any instances that Fosstodon federates with, via the federated timeline.

Non-Public Toots

At Fosstodon, we consider a non-public Toot to be Toots that are not posted to the public timelines. These include Toots that are posted with the following privacy settings:

Users who follow you have consciously opted in to what you have to say. By using Follower-only you are talking direct to those people, and not the wider fediverse. People who follow you are more likely to understand the context and tone of what you’re trying to say.

Always use a CW where appropriate, even for Follower-only and Direct Toots.

Rules for All Toots

All toots (public and private) should abide by the following rules:

Additional Rules for Public Toots

Public toots should follow the above rules and should also abide by the following additional rules:

Always remember that your public toots are read not only by our existing community members (who may have the context to know what you mean) but by potential future community members as well. Strive to keep the local timeline representative of the inclusive, friendly community we want to build.

Reporting Violations

If you notice a toot that violates this code of conduct, please report it. It is easy to assume that someone else has already reported a toot, but it is easy for everyone to feel that way and no one to report the toot.

Let the moderators moderate

If you see a toot that potentially contravenes this Code of Conduct, do not try to moderate, reprimand or enforce this CoC. That is the job of the moderation team.

Instead, please report the toot to the moderation team, who will take appropriate action.


The moderation team will always take a pragmatic approach to every report they receive - if they feel that a problematic Toot isn’t explicitly called out in this CoC, yet is inappropriate for Fosstodon, the Toot will likely be removed and the member will be dealt with appropriately.