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Server rules

Below is a summary of rules you need to follow if you want to have an account on this server of Mastodon:

  1. No harassment of any type will be tolerated
  2. No promoting racism, fascism, transphobia, sexism, xenophobia, islamophobia, ableism, or any other form of bigotry
  3. Be civil or learn when to disengage. Not everyone on the fediverse follows your specific worldview or ideology, and disagreements are not an excuse to be harmful
  4. Do not spam local or public timelines, and mark NSFW content when appropriate
  5. If you have an issue with a user, use the report feature or reach out to them and try to explain why they're being harmful or problematic. Harassing users because you seem them problematic is not acceptable.
  6. Don't spam or troll hashtags meant for group art / discourse / etc
  7. If all else fails, block or mute


Who we are

Spectres is a community that originated in a Facebook group called Spectres of Communism -- and later renamed to Spectres as it opened up to anarchists and post-leftists as well. The culture grew to be different than other leftist groups by not being divisive against people of different left ideologies, by offering an authentic "left unity" where people can debate and discuss topics from a variety of viewpoints and have everyone still feel welcome. As such we want to carry that position to Mastodon, which is very much split between the "anarchist" instances and the "communist" instances with a lot of animosity between them. Here, anyone's welcome! (except nazis)

Federation policy

Spectres will decide defederation and instance block decisions internally. This will not be up to other instances. We do understand that federation can override other instances' blocks, so accordingly we do by default block all known instances that harass folks or host nazis or are a risk to marginalized users on our instance. If an admin or user on another instance wishes to address an issue from Spectres, please reach out to an admin or send a report. We will not "screenshot dunk" serious reports and we will take them seriously. Unless someone is overtly harmful, Spectres admins may feel that mediation and education is a better option than removing them from the instance. This will be decided internally, but the issue of disposability culture on the fediverse and the left in general is very real, and we don't want to contribute to that unless it's truly warranted.