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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. Don't be an asshole
  2. Be welcoming
  3. Be respectful
  4. Use Content Warnings and Sensitive Image tools
  5. Try to report problems using the Report Button
  6. Read and abide by the spirit of our Code of Conduct

Welcome to the Cafe! Grab a latte, find a seat, rub someone's belly or find someone to stuff in yours *wink*.


Mobile App 📱

Because Mastodon is built on the Rails framework, there is a very niffy feature available to users with a smartphone. Instead of downloading an app from your phone's play store, when viewing the website in a browser on your phone, open up the Browser Settings and select "Send to Home". This will put an app icon on your home screen that is an app for this instance, fully contained, and taking up only a few KB on average. You'll get the same control you get as on a desktop or in an app, without the hassle.

That said, there are several apps available for mobile phones, and they have not been tested with this server configuration. Your mileage may vary.

Profile 👤

There is more profile text space available then a normal Mastodon profile, so fill it up with stuff about you! Traditionally, Masto users put in the preferred pronouns, some hobbies they like, a few emoji, that sort of stuff.

Your profile picture and header image can include animated gifs as well!

Account Verification ✅

You can now also show your ownership of other online sites and profiles by adding a link that includes the rel=me meta code! For twitter, this is as simple as putting your Mastodon Profile page in the website field in your twitter profile, and your twitter profile in one of your mastodon profile fields! For other websites, check your Profile Edit page for more detailed instructions.

Posting 💬

The post length is set to 500 characters.

We ask that you enable Sensitive Media on all uploads by default in your profile settings, out of respect for our neighboring instances. If and image you want to share is Safe For Work and does not include any gore, genitalia, or explicit acts (would you show it to your mother?), then feel free to disable the sensitive filter for that image!

Cross Posting 🔀

If you are coming from Twitter and want to be able to cross post, we recommend two things. First, connect to the mastodon bridge so your twitter/mastodon friends can find your account easily. Second, pick one of the popular cross posting services to send your content back and forth. We recommend Donte.com.br because it will allow you to add Content Warnings to your posts shared from Twitter.

Emoji 😀

In addition to the standard emoji you might see on your phone, we have the ability to add custom emoji, similar to what you might see in a Discord server or Telegram stickers. You can add these to a post by opening the Emoji picker or adding the shortcode in the format of :emoji_name: with colons at each end of the emoji name. If you spell it correctly, you should see some recommended emoji pop up automatically.

Only admin may upload or copy these from other Mastodon Instances. If you see an emoji on Mastodon and would like to use it yourself, follow these steps:

  1. Start a Reply to the post that contains the desired emoji
  2. Set the Privacy of the reply to Direct Message
  3. Remove any other @People from the reply and add @Taris (your admin)
  4. Mention that you would like this emoji added to Gulp Cafe
  5. Wait
  6. Once i see the DM i'll add the emoji and it will show up in the Emoji Picker

Ambassador 🤖

We have a barista! Well, it's more of a greeter, not so great at making coffee yet. You probably automatically started following them when you first joined! What @Ambassador does is boost popular toots on our instance. It's a good way to break your filter bubble, find out what's hot, and showcase our best toots to other instances as well! If you can find an active @Ambassador account on another instance, they might also be a good way to get to know that instance without making an account there!


Code of Conduct 📜

All users should read and abide by the following guidelines. Administrators and Moderators have the power to make a final decision regarding their enforcement.

  1. Don't be an asshole
  2. Be welcoming
    • We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to members of any race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, colour, immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, and mental and physical ability.
    • 🔞 We are an adult community and minors under the age of 18 are not permitted to use this site 🔞
  3. Be respectful
    • Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behavior and poor manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal attack.
  4. Content
    1. Do not post content that is illegal in the United States.
      • Content (text or images) depicting those to be under the age of 18 is an immediately ban-able offense.
    2. Hate speech, slurs, derogatory remarks, will not be tolerated.
    3. Sensitive Images: Images should be marked Sensitive if they meet any of the following criteria
      • Selfies or eye contact (this is general mastodon best practice).
      • Strobing, flashing, or other animated gif types that may be sensitive to those with epilepsy.
      • explicit genitalia or clear indication of such.
      • fetish material, explicit or implied.
      • any content that would fall under the following Content Warning category.
    4. Content Warnings should also be included for the following topics:
      • Extreme content, such as excessive gore, blood, guts, scat, watersports, etc MUST include a Content Warning! This includes images and descriptive text posts.
      • Mental Health: anxiety, depression, trauma, etc
      • Current Events: Politics, news, tragic events, etc
      • Drug Use: Cannabis, alcohol, smoking, etc
      • Requests for aid, payments, advertising of services, etc
  5. Cross posting content from Twitter is permitted with the following conditions
    • Cross posts MUST obey Content Warning and Sensitive Image guidelines. Read the directions in your crossposting application to see how to do this.
    • Accounts that ONLY cross post content and do not interact with other mastodon users or services will be removed as Spam.
  6. Reporting
    1. Posts in violation of our Guidelines or ToS should be reported using the Report button on the post. A note as to why it was reported should be included. This applies for local and federated content.
    2. reporting to the remote instance in the case that the user is not a Gulp member is optional but recommended.

This instance uses Mutant Standard emoji made by Dzuk, which are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License .