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Some ground rules.

These are set and enforced by the mastodon.nz moderators.

  1. You must read the rules.
  2. You MUST describe your link to NZ as part of your reason for wanting to join on the next page. Applications without this will be declined. You must be a kiwi or honorary kiwi, at home or abroad, to join Mastodon.nz.
  3. You may only have one account on Mastodon.nz and be at least 13 years of age.
  4. Personal accounts only. We do not allow bots, commercial, business, organisation or purely promotional accounts.
  5. Automated cross-posting from other services such as twitter is considered to be a bot and is not allowed. If you have a blog or something and you want feed that through, this is generally fine.
  6. No spamming. The occasional mention of your shop, fundraiser etc. is fine. It's hard to give a defined daily limit of what constitutes spam. Personal or professional (i.e. Mutual Aid/Kickstarters) fundraisers must be clearly tagged as such.
  7. Content Warnings are mandatory on posts containing gore and/or violence. Posts about politics must be tagged one or more of #nzpol, #tōrangapū, #pol, and/or #politics, and optionally may be content warned.
  8. No impersonation of others. We may consider obvious parody accounts, but they must be agreed with @theMods in advance.
  9. No hate speech, racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia or transphobia.
  10. No illegal content, gore or violence for the sake of it, incitement of violence or promotion of violent ideologies or conspiracy theories.
  11. No NSFW content. A bit of casual swearing is fine, but don't be derogatory or aggressive to other users (see rule 12).
  12. Be kind. No abuse or harassment will be tolerated.
  13. No doxxing other users.
  14. Content hosted on Mastodon.nz or produced by its users may not be reused outside of the fediverse without the express permission of the author(s).
  15. Mastodon.nz complies with copyright laws. We expect you to as well. Your content must be your own or acceptable use.
  16. Image descriptions: It is expected that users will add image descriptions to their uploads for our visually impaired users. Unless there is a reason you can not, you must do so.
  17. Copy of rules with more detailed guidance can be found at https://mastodon.nz/rules.pdf