Code of Conduct


This code of conduct is applicable to all users of Fosstodon. By “user” we mean any person who has a registered account on the instance. This can be standard users, moderators, staff, admins or anything in between. When we say all users, we mean all users.


As tooters on Fosstodon, we pledge to uphold an environment that is radically inclusive with respect for all users of the instance.

We are committed to making participation in Fosstodon an oppression-free experience for everyone, regardless of level of experience, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, personal appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, or nationality.

We define oppression as any language or action that expresses, reinforces, upholds or sympathizes with any form of systemic social domination.

Examples of unacceptable behavior by Fosstodon users include:

  • Personal attacks
  • Trolling or insulting/derogatory comments
  • Public or private oppressive language or actions
  • Other unethical conduct
  • Users are empowered, and are responsible for, addressing any abuses of the Code of Conduct by using the Mastodon “Report” feature. Such that the project remains an oppression-free experience for all.

Certain types of content should be posted in such a way that you avoid showing it to non-consenting parties. These types of content should:

  • Not be used as a profile picture
  • Not be posted without an image content warning
  • Not be posted to the public timeline

The above rules apply to content that is:

  • Violent
  • Flashing or rapidly changing

Sex & Nudity

Nudity, imagery of sex and/or “kink acts” will be abbreviated to NSK.

If an NSK is posted to your Fosstodon account, you will receive a single warning. Repeat offenders will be suspended from the instance.

If an NSK account is discovered in the federated timeline, the account will immediately be silenced, so that Fosstodon users can no longer see this NSK content. However, silencing allows Fosstodon users who already follow the NSK account to still see the NSK content.

NSK is not permitted on Fosstodon under any circumstances.

Posting Guidelines

We have put together this set of universal posting guidelines that we believe all Fosstodon members can benefit from and moderators can adopt. Our goal is to ensure that these set of guidelines are easy to understand and widely applicable on the Instance. This is not meant to be comprehensive, rather focusing on the most commonly shared principles we believe are critical for setting a foundation in a community to enable it to thrive.

Don’t Post “Spam”

Let’s be honest here, no one likes spam, so we would ask that our members refrain from posting anything that could be depicted as “spam”. This could include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Posting large amounts of Toots in quick succession. E.g. Posting 5 Toots with links to posts on your blog within a few minutes.
  • Posting Toots that are just a link or image that contribute nothing to a conversation, or are not posted in such a way to spark a conversation.
  • Posting Toots that are obscure and difficult to understand. Context is key.
  • Posting automated toots from external resources. E.g. IFTTT posts that Toot nothing but the title of a blog post and a link.

Links To Other Sites

Many of our members on Fosstodon have their own blogs, YouTube channels and resources; and we want Fosstodon to be a platform for people to post their interesting content to the site. This means that you get extra eyes on your content, and we get interesting topics for discussion on the community.

However, Toot that include posts from external sites should always contain context. Simply pasting a link to the content adds nothing for other Fosstodon members, and ultimately means you’re unlikely to get more eyes on your content.

A Toot saying “I just wrote a post on my blog about the new version of Ubuntu. I liked it, but there were a few things I struggled with. Here are my thoughts, what do you think?” is much better than simply posting a link to your Ubuntu Review.

Keep It Civil, Don’t Be A Jerk

We are going to get into the thick of a lot of heated discussions and that’s okay. These discussions often entail topics that we all personally care a lot about and will passionately defend. But in order for discussions to thrive here, we need to remember to criticise ideas, not people.

Please remember to avoid:

  • Name calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content.
  • Knee-jerk contradictions

Comments that we find to be hateful, inflammatory, or harassing may be removed. If you don’t have something nice to say about another user, don’t say it. Treat others the way you’d like to be treated.

Always strive to add value to every interaction and discussion you participate in.

If You See Something, Say Something

Moderators are at the forefront of combatting spam, mediating disputes and enforcing community guidelines and, so are you.

If you see an issue, contact the moderators if possible or report any posts for review. If you believe someone has violated this CoC, Please do report it. The staff members for Fosstodon are below.

Stay On Topic

Be sure your topic matches the general theme of the post you are replying to. For example, if replying to a post about Ubuntu, your reply should pertain to Linux operating systems, or Ubuntu in general.

Self Promotion

A Toot or reply that contains only a link to your blog, a product, or your article on another site will almost always be removed. However, it is fine to post links to external resources if they are posted in such a way as to entice discussion.

Automated posting of links to your site, using services like IFTTT are not allowed. We are a community, not an advertising agency.

English Only

We currently support English-only discussions on Fosstodon. Non-English Toots and discussions may be removed. We’re sorry if this excludes potential new members, but this is an English-speaking instance. Having said that, if multiple users have a common language, we are happy for conversations to take place in other languages privately, and in replies, so long as those conversations abide by this Code of Conduct.

Clarification: The Fosstodon team are happy with toots being posted bi-lingual (English and something else) to the public timeline. Then, if the conversation within that toot’s thread is had in the tooter’s native language, that’s fine too.

Note: This affects Fosstodon members only. If you see posts in other languages from other instances, we have no control over them. Please only report them if as post breaches this CoC.

The reasoning behind this decision can be found in the following blog post.


For-profit advertising in any form is not permitted on Fosstodon. We do not want to become the next Facebook or Twitter. We want a dynamic community that is full of interesting people, not adverts.


By adopting this Code of Conduct, users commit themselves to fairly and consistently applying these principles to every aspect of using this instance. users who do not follow or enforce the Code of Conduct may be permanently banned.

This Code of Conduct applies both to toots on Fosstodon and to public spaces when an individual is representing Fosstodon or its community.

Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be reported by contacting an admin, or by using the report button. All reports will be reviewed and investigated and will result in a response that is deemed necessary and appropriate to the circumstances. Admins are obligated to maintain confidentiality with regard to the reporter of an incident.

Instance Staff

The Fosstoson admins are Kev Quirk & Mike Stone. Joseph DeFazio and CodeSections are the instance moderators.

This code of conduct is loosely based on the Toot.Cat Code of Conduct.