Gentle Town is a generalistic Fediverse instance based on the premise of global degrowth. As anticapitalists, we believe globalised degrowth is the only possible option in a world ran through by overexploitation of resources and the expectation that one needs to upscale everything for it to be relevant by the socioeconomic capitalist standards. At Gentle Town we believe in the power of smaller social networks, with open-source code and a more democratic experience in the face of constantly upscaling spaces and as a way to bring degrowth into our daily lives. In that sense, like the name suggests, we are a local-oriented community that tries to be a space where genuine relationships between its users can flourish.
We run hometown, a fork of Mastodon. Check out their GitHub repo for more info.
Engaging in or encouraging these behaviors will result in the immediate banning of an user’s account on Gentle Town or an instance/user suspension:
All reports will be reviewed personally by an admin, and there is full confidentiality about the identity of the reporter. We encourage you to use the Report button, as it’s easier to keep track of the changes in our suspension and silence list with that feature.
Instance blocklist is available upon request by Gentle Neighbors and trusted admins.
Mastodon-based software has a Content Warning feature; it allows people to add a Read More button to their posts, separating subject and content. As the name suggests, it’s mostly used to warn other people about the potentially upsetting content under the cut, including images as well. We encourage the use of this feature liberally; some common CWs are:
Some common abreviations in CWs are:
It’s best to be as specific as possible in the content warning so that the people know what they’re potentially facing, and since you can filter out words from your timeline, it’s reasonable not to censor words with asterisks l*ke so, as they cannot be filtered and are often difficult to read.
In addition to the use of Content Warnings, we encourage the use of the image captioning feature for visually impaired users and we urge you to explicitly state your pronouns and what you want people to call you somewhere visible on your profile (bio, links, pinned toots) as an effort to normalize these practices and not putting trans and gender non-conforming people at risk.
This Code of Conduct is fairly superficial, as the size of the instance hopefully allows us to moderate our own members in a lax manner, but the content bans listed here are non-negotiable. If any incident requires us to add any modifications to the CoC, the changes will be logged.