The Dharma Realm is Ready

Buddhist, Yoga, Dharma friends: the Mastodon Instance Dharma Realm is ready!

Invite: https://ganesha.masto.host/invite/g6LzfAjs

Dharma Realm is hosted at ganesha.masto.host

Dharma Realm is a Mastodon Instance for Buddhism, Dharma, Yoga, Advaita, and related spiritualities (Secular Mindfulness, Naturalism, Tao, etc). For an introduction to the world of Mastodon social media, see the article in The Verge:

https://www.theverge.com/2017/4/7/15183128/mastodon-open-source-twitter-clone-how-to-use

I used automated service to set up ‘Ganesha’. They provide build, maintenance and data storage. Ganesha.Masto.Host is the web URL; locally, its called Dharma Realm.

Why I Chose Mastodon as a Social Network:

Here’s why I chose Mastodon as a social network. First because it’s not a single platform run by a corporation. It is a decentralized, non-profit network of hosts and users spread out over thousands of servers.

But I chose it primarily because of it’s excellent Code of Conduct, which specifically outlaws the alt-right, Nazis, xenophobia and violent nationalism, racism, sexism, and discrimination against gender and sexual minorities. Although each Instance (host) can write their own code of conduct, Dharma Realml has adopted the Code of Conduct as written below.

Mastodon Code of Conduct

The following guidelines are not a legal document, and final interpretation is up to the administration of mastodon.social; they are here to provide you with an insight into our content moderation policies:

  1. The following types of content will be removed from the public timeline:
    1. Excessive advertising
    2. Uncurated news bots posting from third-party news sources
    3. Untagged nudity, pornography and sexually explicit content, including artistic depictions
    4. Untagged gore and extremely graphic violence, including artistic depictions
  2. The following types of content will be removed from the public timeline, and may result in account suspension and revocation of access to the service:
    1. Racism or advocation of racism
    2. Sexism or advocation of sexism
    3. Discrimination against gender and sexual minorities, or advocation thereof
    4. Xenophobic and/or violent nationalism
  3. The following types of content are explicitly disallowed and will result in revocation of access to the service:
    1. Sexual depictions of children
    2. Content illegal in Germany and/or France, such as holocaust denial or Nazi symbolism
    3. Conduct promoting the ideology of National Socialism
  4. Any conduct intended to stalk or harass other users, or to impede other users from utilizing the service, or to degrade the performance of the service, or to harass other users, or to incite other users to perform any of the aforementioned actions, is also disallowed, and subject to punishment up to and including revocation of access to the service. This includes, but is not limited to, the following behaviors:
    1. Continuing to engage in conversation with a user that has specifically has requested for said engagement with that user to cease and desist may be considered harassment, regardless of platform-specific privacy tools employed.
    2. Aggregating, posting, and/or disseminating a person’s demographic, personal, or private data without express permission (informally called doxing or dropping dox) may be considered harassment.
    3. Inciting users to engage another user in continued interaction or discussion after a user has requested for said engagement with that user to cease and desist (informally called brigading or dogpiling) may be considered harassment.

These provisions notwithstanding, the administration of the service reserves the right to revoke any user’s access permissions, at any time, for any reason, except as limited by law.

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