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In constrast to the top-down authority of commercial social media, this creates a kind of flat power structure. We are enabled to protect eachother from harassment and opression, but without censorship.

On this instance, users who harass others will be removed. We also take a strong stance against e.g. racism, sexism, ableism, homo- and transphobia. Such expressions make the site unsafe for other users, and in practice limit their freedom of speech.

The Public Timeline is considered an especially sensitive place. It is what new users see, and all registered users will see the posts published there. Moderators can exclude users from appearing in the public timeline it at any moment, without warning, permanently or temporarily. Consider it a privilege to be published in the public timeline, not a right. If you are excluded from the public timeline, you can still use all other features on the site just like any other user.

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  1. pskosinski ('s status on Thursday, 01-Jan-2015 06:09:12 CET pskosinski pskosinski
    It's "GNU social", not "GNU Social", not really big difference but looks like developers use everywhere lower case.

    1, 2: I have no idea if you know but the "classic" user interface on (so probably on .is too, because they have the same admin) is not really classic. You can see the real classic interface on e.g. I personally really like it, it's just a matter of taste, it could be a good idea to make a poll about that.

    3: GNU social is a "core" + user interface, Qvitter is an another user interface. I am not sure if replacing the default classic user interface (which is simple and JS-free) with JS-heavy Qvitter is a good idea.

    4: It's on the Gitorious: Why Github over Gitorious?

    6, 7: I'm not referring exactly what you said but… Diaspora + federation: I have no idea how it is now but like a year ago installing Diaspora wasn't something a newbie could do and Diaspora used to need a nice amount of resources. GNU social is much lighter and easier to install, what can encourage people to try it and because of that it may make federation easier and popularize the idea of federation.

    !gnusocial !fediverse ;)