Code of Conduct / Community Guidelines
This instance is founded on the premise of “kindfulness”.
kindfulness (/ˈkīn(d) f(ə)l nəs/)
synonyms: empathetic, considerate
see also: radical kindness
This is a term our admin coined at some point in late 2018, and finds it as a good measuring tool for interactions with folks online. With that, please know that our Code of Conduct is written with this in mind.
In addition: This instance is (obviously) Stardew Valley themed, but this does not mean that the only content you are allowed to post here is Stardew Valley related content!
You may use this instance as your main/personal/private/whatever instance. It is a “general” instance, just with a cute theme. This is also does not mean that you are disallowed from having a purely Stardew Valley account on this instance. You may do as you wish, as long as it follows our Code of Conduct.
Part of kindfulness is consent to interactions. Some folks may not want to see certain content, and thus being mindful of this as well as kind to others we ask that you use the Content Warning (CW) function and/or the eyeball function to hide photos for the following topics:
We find it exceptionally important to be specific, but not detailed, in our CW subjects. This takes practice, and will never be a perfect science as we do not always know what will trigger others. That is okay! It is okay to make mistakes, and it is not something that will cause a ban from our instance unless it becomes a larger issue. Many topics may overlap, so please just try your best.
It is not required to use the format or even specific examples mentioned for posts of that subject matter, they are only there as a guide for those who may be unfamiliar with the CW system, and as a guide for specificity for those who are used to it but are new to this instance.
Abbreviations/Short Cuts in CW Subjects
If you like to use abbreviations, please type out the full word/phrase in the first toot and put the abbreviations next to it (i.e. “childhood sexual abuse (CSA)”, “Austrailian Politics (AUSPol)”, “suicidal ideation (sui), negative (-/neg)”, etc.) and then continue to use the abbreviation in your subject as you thread your discussion/posts.
Abbreviations are tricky and not always recognizable to users, especially new ones. Some folks on the fediverse have pinned a toot of their commonly used abbreviations, so feel free to use this method as well!
Please do not purposefully misspell words or censor words (l*ke th*s) as it bypasses the filter system in place, causing posts with words originally filtered out to sneak through.
We also ask that if others come to you to request a CW, you respond kindly and do your best to remember them—however if they are not listed specifically here, the admin is not responsible for enforcing this request. If strong enough desire is shown by a particular user or group of users, and the admin agrees, the topic may be added here in the future.
We highly encourage the use of filters for triggers that may be specific to you, or less common to the general public as it will help protect you from having to interact with or even see posts surrounding that word/topic/person.
When in doubt, use the CW and/or hide your images!
With that, we would like to add that we encourage all users to do their best with image descriptions! This can be done via that instance UI on the image, or within the text of the post itself. This is not required to be on the instance, and is also not something that would result in a ban, but please push yourself to remember to caption/describe your images (including: memes, selfies, screen captures of text, etc.). Your description does not have to be perfect or of exceptional detail and length. We only ask that you try your best. If you’re ever unsure about what to say in an image caption, just ask!
We also encourage capitalization of hashtags #LikeThis, rather than #likethis (in addition to the emoji spam/ASCII content rule) so that screen readers can properly read hashtags.
Be kind and mindful in hopes to make our instance and the fediverse a more accessible place.
An exception to the idea of “when in doubt, use a CW” would be self-promotion or asking for help. Please do not feel obligated to CW these posts. You should never feel bad about earning money through skills you have, or asking for help when you need it!
However, it may become an issue if that is the only kind of post you seem to be making, and/or you are continuously making the same post super often (spamming).
The following content is prohibited on Stardew.City and will result in an immediate removal of content, and likely a removal of your account:
These rules apply to Stardew.City or any affiliated location (such as an offline meet up, or if you promote the instance elsewhere/are representing the instance elsewhere on the web or offline).
Reports will be reviewed and decisions will be made as soon as possible. Admins and moderators must maintain confidentiality with the identity of the reporter of the incident.
The admin reserves the right to delete a user’s content or revoke access to Stardew.City at any time or for any reason.
Any changes to the COC will be publicly posted about for users to read the changes.
Suspensions and Silences
Our list of blocked/suspended and muted/silenced instances is maintained solely by our moderation team. We follow already maintained block lists of other instances such as: kitty.town, dzuk’s blockchain list on github, and the posts of other admin’s our team trusts.
Users are absolutely encouraged to contact the admin to request a block, and/or report the instance through the moderation tools. Reporting is very useful, as it allows us to keep better track and write notes to remember what happened/why we blocked someone via the Mastodon interface rather than just keeping it in an Excel Spreadsheet (which we do also).
If users on an instance repeatedly engage in behaviors against our own COC, without appropriate reactions from the moderation team, and/or if the admin or mods of an instance engage in behaviors against our COC, the entire instance will be suspended rather than just the offending users.