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🎉 bigshoulders.city is now running ! 🎉

This "fork", based on mastodon and developed by @darius, includes some community-oriented features mastodon does not have.

This thread will be pinned and outline the two biggest ones. 👇

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Hello! :wilco: This account is for moderation and administrative announcements on bigshoulders.city. We're using masto.host for hosting, so we will follow their downtime and upgrade schedule. New domain blocks will be announced here, as will changes to the terms and code of conduct. :bean:

bigshoulders.city supports exclusive lists. If you set a list you’ve made to “exclusive,” posts from members of that list will appear only in that list’s timeline and not in your home feed.

This feature is great for following accounts that only post about one subject, for crossposting accounts, or for pixelfed feeds.

Use the web interface to set a list as Exclusive. You can only add accounts you follow to lists.

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bigshoulders.city supports local-only posts. These are great for content only relevant to chicagoans. :flag:

A post marked as local-only will appear only to bigshoulders.city users.

A followers-only post marked as local-only will appear only to bigshoulders.city users who also follow you.

If you uncheck "Allow my posts to reach other instances by default" in Preferences - Other, your posts from any source—including apps—will be local by default. You can also use the local_only emoji.

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🎉 bigshoulders.city is now running ! 🎉

This "fork", based on mastodon and developed by @darius, includes some community-oriented features mastodon does not have.

This thread will be pinned and outline the two biggest ones. 👇

BIGSHOULDERS.CITY WILL BE DOWN TOMORROW (5/12) TO MIGRATE TO HOMETOWN AND ADD LOCAL-ONLY POSTING AND OTHER FEATURES.

Expect an extended outage, at least 8 hours.

a reminder that malort.report redirects to bigshoulders.city, for fun reasons

In an attempt to reduce registration spam that has lately been affecting some Mastodon servers on Masto.host I will be applying a custom patch to Mastodon v3.2.1.

This will require a restart of instances hosted on Masto.host and cause ~30 seconds of downtime.

You can read the details here: https://masto.host/testing-custom-code-to-fight-spam-registration-on-mastodon/

Do let me know if you notice any registration problems with this patch and if you were getting regular spam registrations see if there is any reduction in the next days.

Since soapbox is using Pleroma it is no longer possible to detect new instances using fediverse.network. There are no gab instances anymore.

This account is shutting down since it is no longer useful.

it's come to our attention that someone with an account on bigshoulders.city has been using their main account to textsearch posts to argue with on our timeline, including defending alt-right figures.

their local account has been silenced, and their primary instance blocked.

so-called "loli" content will be treated as indistinguishable from child pornography for the purposes of moderation.

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We did not have a privacy policy, which was an oversight on our part. That's been fixed; it's now at bigshoulders.city/terms, and is basically identical to the mastodon.social privacy policy.

going ahead and blocking any instance with a "windmill" (swastika) emoji.

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a previously-unknown nazi instance boosted this post, so I'm adding more blocks as the replies to this account increase.

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We're gonna be crystal clear here:

If your Code of Conduct doesn't specifically forbid harassment against protected classes, we are going to block your instance.

if your instance *does not have* a Code of Conduct, we are going to block your instance.

It appears a recent pleroma update has broken the links to terms and codes of conduct. Until admins resolve that we're going to assume the worst about your rules (or lack thereof).

Suspensions can be undone if there's reason to.

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instance blocks 

added anime.website for insufficient moderation. thanks for entering the mentions.

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instance blocks context 

I am really hoping for an improved blocklist sharing and management system in future versions of mastodon, even just a method by which to block multiple domains at once would be a godsend.

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instance blocks 

browsed the hashtag and grabbed a bunch of instances we hadn't caught up to yet; future blocks will be added to this thread.

rcsocial.net gab-affiliated
lord.sh harassment
nnia.space pedophilia
wetfish.space harassment
pleroma.comfy.moe harassment
Lets.bemoe.online harassment
7td.org harassment
search.fedi.app scraping
tooting.ch harassment
norge.social racism
benis.freemyip.com racism
dickkickextremist.xyz racism
shitposter.club racism

:flag: bigshoulders.city is accepting new users! apply with the form on the homepage if you’re a current or former chicagoan. :flag:

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Hello! :wilco: This account is for moderation and administrative announcements on bigshoulders.city. We're using masto.host for hosting, so we will follow their downtime and upgrade schedule. New domain blocks will be announced here, as will changes to the terms and code of conduct. :bean:

bigshoulders.city

bigshoulders.city is a Mastodon instance for Chicagoans current, former, and future. Its name comes from Carl Sandburg, who once compared ships pulling out to “mastodons, arising from lethargic sleep.” Our goal for bigshoulders.city is to build a community of friends and neighbors across the Windy City. Toot your pho place recommendations, meet-up ideas, pothole gripes, creative dibs, and cross-town baseball taunts—whatever you want, as long it abides by our short and sweet content policy.