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Welcome to Aussie Bustard Social. We are using a Mastodon instance to connect our users and friends with a medium that is open, free and fair. This medium is not controlled by a tech-giant, it will not be used for marketing, research or any other purpose than to connect humans with other humans doing… you know – human stuff.
Our general usage policy will meet the challenges and needs of the time, however is can be summarised as "don't be a dick". There is management, and management is pretty laid back. But if we pop our head up and see that your purpose in life is to make other people miserable then you can bugger off.

Be respectful. Take it easy. Have some fun. Management don’t really like hard work- don’t make us have to manage you because we will if we have to.

Rules of the realm.

No illegal stuff
I mean, really? Because you don't want your posts or account deleted, and you certainly don't want us calling the cops on you. Grey areas may sneak through because we don’t care THAT much, but just don’t… ok?

Be nice
If you can't say something nice, say nothing. Don't fling your unsolicited negative opinions at people. Don't criticise their weight, their face, their partner or their pronouns.

Seriously, just STFU.

And if they ask you to stop talking to them, do.

The United Nations refer to “hate speech” as:
“… any kind of communication in speech, writing or behaviour, that attacks or uses pejorative or discriminatory language with reference to a person or a group on the basis of who they are, in other words, based on their religion, ethnicity, nationality race, colour, descent, gender or other identity factor.”

Don’t do that.

Do include everyone
If you are going to post images to the community – try to remember to put image descriptions in for the visually impaired. It’s easy (click the “edit” option after the image is uploaded) and it’s a way of being nice to others.

Admin's word is law
If you're told to put a sock in it, grab your damn sock.

Posts & Content
Nudity: We are cool with nudity and you are free to post it – with a condition. Think of the Instagram rules here. When posting any nudity, where a female nipple or genitalia of any gender is visible, please use the CW button (Content Warning – hides sensitive content) to hide it from sensitive eyes. I know, I don't like it either (the insta-rule that is… we love the female form!), but if you persist the whole instance can be blacklisted. Then management will be mad at you.

Fights, guns, violence… please not. Find another instance if you want to share a lot of violent stuff. Occasional posts are OK, you know.. like news and stuff but for the really crazy stuff please use the CW button.

Spread love, not hate. Maybe cat videos too.