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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 racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, fatphobic, etc., you know the drill. Don't interact with people if they've asked you to stop doing so. Don't be a "reply guy".
  2. Please mark any photos of bugs, snakes, and other commonly feared animals as sensitive on posts with Public visibility that are sent to other servers. (Not necessary for Unlisted, Followers-Only, and all local-only posts.)
  3. Act as an ambassador for wildlife; aim to stimulate people's curiosity, not shame them for fear or ignorance.
  4. Credit other artists/photographers/creators appropriately when posting their work.
  5. Don't do/discuss doing/link to illegal shit. Neither I nor this server's host are willing to go to jail for you.


Why I'm starting this server:

  • There's a dearth of Fedi servers dedicated to bugs/herps/fungi/etc.
  • I love seeing bug pictures and IDing bugs for people. I think it would be great if people across the fediverse had a place to share such photos and learn more about this stuff.

If this sounds like something you're into, hit me up.

If you like, you can chip in for hosting costs!

For non-members

You don't have to join this server to follow people, see posts, or participate! We would love to see the cool fungi, bugs, spiders, snakes, etc., that you find. For accounts to follow, check out the public user directory. If you'd like to get a better sense of what the server is like without following a bunch of people, follow me (the admin)—I boost a lot of members' public posts, as well as things I think the members will like.

For bug identification, you can also hashtag #bugstodon or @ @bugID@a.gup.pe.

If you would like to join, I'd like to get a sense of who you are. If you already have a profile or social media presence elsewhere, e. g. Mastodon, Tumblr, or iNaturalist, please state it in your reasons for applying.

If someone on here is being an ass or posting objectionable content, please report it—don't assume I already know about it!

Flipping.rocks 101

For a more detailed guide on how to use Mastodon, see the excellent fedi.tips. This is just what you need to know to start off.


  • Home: all posts from the people you follow, plus posts they boost.
  • Local: all public posts from everyone else on flipping.rocks.
  • Federated: all public posts from people that anyone on flipping.rocks follows, plus posts they boost.

Post visibility options

Post visibility options: public, unlisted, followers-only, and mentioned people only (direct message)

If you post something unlisted, your followers will see it, but it won't show up in Local or Federated timelines, or in searches for any hashtags in it. This is good for long threads, for example.

Direct messages, where only people mentioned can see them, are not end-to-end encrypted, and theoretically I could see them if I really wanted to. (In reality, I don't actually know how, also I am far too lazy and I just don't care.) If you need a secure communication channel, use something like Signal.

Local-only posting

Choose federated or local-only posting by clicking the chain-link icon in the posting area

The flavour of Mastodon this server runs on, Hometown, has an extra feature: local-only posting. This means that the post will only be visible on flipping.rocks; it doesn't get sent to other servers. It will not be sent to followers on other servers, and it won't show up in other servers' federated timelines. If the post is public or unlisted, it will still show up on your profile page if someone visits it in a web browser.

You can make a post local-only by clicking the chain-link icon below the post field. If you are using an app that doesn't have that option, you can use the custom emoji local_only: Local-only emoji

CWs, image descriptions, and sensitive media

A post with the content warning 'It's been' and the post body 'ONE WEEK'

Content warnings are good for many things: hiding spoilers, Wordle results, depressing/enraging politics, all-caps rants, joke punchlines, common triggers for conditions like PTSD, addictions, and other disorders, etc. If you are unsure about whether to use a CW or not, err on the side of caution.

An image attached to a post, with the mouse hovering over the 'Edit' linkThe image description field

Please do your best to add image descriptions! It is a basic point of fediverse etiquette, and many people will not boost images without them. They don't have to be long. Think the kind of caption you would see under photos in newspapers or magazines.

A picture marked sensitive in a public federated post

Many people have an irrational fear of spiders, insects and other arthropods, and snakes, and they do not want to be surprised with pictures of them. I would like to be nice to them, even though I am not strictly required to be. (In the fediverse, a higher level of consideration for people's comfort is strongly encouraged.)

If you are posting a picture of an arthropod, snake, or any other creature people commonly have phobias about, and both 1) the post visibility is set to Public and 2) the Federated option is selected, please select the "Mark media as sensitive" option.

If the visibility option is Unlisted or Followers-Only, or it is being posted local-only, you do not need to mark media as sensitive. This means unhidden images will not automatically show up in your followers' servers' federated timelines or in hashtag searches, but people can still boost them.

This isn't a hard-and-fast rule; if I see something particularly egregious, or get complaints/reports, I'll talk to you about it and perhaps ask you to repost.

Note: This policy will probably keep evolving, and I am open to hearing your thoughts on it.


This server is for public outreach and assistance as well as socializing among ourselves. Therefore, you will be able to interact with people on many other servers with different rules and levels of moderation. Please do so judiciously. If you want to argue with trolls or get into vendettas with other users, don't do it here.

Mute, block, and report generously. Report problematic posts both to me and the user's server, so that server's mods know about it. If you come across a server that proudly hosts Nazis, transphobes, CHUDs, insufferable reply guys, etc.—anyone who might harass or cause trouble for our server as a whole—let me know.

I continually monitor for bad servers/users and proactively silence (mute) and suspend (block) them. You can see the list of silenced and suspended servers, plus reasons. If you think a server should be removed from the list, just let me know, and I'll take another look at it.

If I've invited you/accepted your application, it's because I trust you know how to conduct yourself online. That said, I only have so much time for moderation and mediation. Even if you do not explicitly break any rules, if you have a history of doing so or if you cause undue trouble for me or other users, I will boot your ass.

Safety and privacy

Your account can be as public or locked-down as you like. Please look through the settings thoroughly. Some things you can do, for example:

  • Require follow requests be approved by you
  • Hide who you follow and who follows you
  • Opt out of search engines indexing your public posts
  • Automatically delete old posts

That said, this is designed to be public social media, not secure messaging. Most of Mastodon's/Hometown's privacy/blocking features only work with platforms that respect the same rules, and there are Fediverse platforms that have been explicitly designed to get around these rules. Assume people or servers you block can still see your posts if they really want to.

Flipping.rocks has a public profile directory. If you would like your profile included, go to profile settings and check the box "Suggest account to others".

Technical stuff

Storage costs money. This is not the place for high-res photos, long videos, or irreplaceable data. If you would like help backing up your content or having it cross-posted to Twitter, let me know.

I'm open to hosting other services for users, like wikis, Git repositories, etc. If you think of anything you want, let me know! Just know that it will probably be run off an ancient netbook in my living room with 2 GB of RAM, so, you know, nothing too resource-intensive.

Backup plans

There are daily backups, courtesy of our host fedi.monster.

If I ever decide to shut down the server, I'll give you at least 3 months' notice so you can export your data.

More resources

Like-minded servers

Species ID help

Moderated servers

Hometown generally allows you to view content from and interact with users from any other server in the fediverse. These are the exceptions that have been made on this particular server.

Limited servers

Posts from these servers will be hidden in public timelines and conversations, and no notifications will be generated from their users interactions, unless you are following them:

Server Reason
c.im Insufficient moderation & blocks
elekk.xyz Drama, shitposting
fosstodon.org FOSSbros, reply guys
home.social Hosts prominent transphobic journalist; suspension pending
infosec.exchange Hosting feds. Get your own instance, feds
mas.to Insufficient moderation
mastodon.cloud Insufficient moderation
mastodon.green From w.e suggested blocks
mastodon.scot Insufficient moderation; hosts cop union
mastodonapp.uk Transphobia
monads.online Drama, shitposting
myasstodon.xyz Drama, shitposting
raspberrypi.social Hired surveillance cop
toot.community Iffy moderation
universeodon.com Lax moderation

Suspended servers

No data from these servers will be processed, stored or exchanged, making any interaction or communication with users from these servers impossible:

Server Reason
076.ne.jp Hate speech, racism, the usual
0sint.social Generally sus
activitypub-troll.cf Denial-of-service attacks
aethy.com Loli/shota
anon-kenkai.com Hate speech, queerphobia, the usual
arachnid.town Pleroma, generally sus
asimon.org Federates with the usuals
badly.co Gleason-adjacent
bae.st 4channy bullshit, the usual
baraag.net Porn, loli shit
beefyboys.win Soapbox, shitposting
birb.space Twitter mirror
birdsite.link Bot/mirror host
bitcoin.ninja Cryptocurrency
bitcoinhackers.org Cryptocurrency
bitcoinlizard.net Cryptocurrency
bitcointv.com Cryptocurrency
brighteon.social Far-right conspiracy spam site
cafkafk.com Pleroma, the usual
cawfee.club Racism, misogyny, the usual
chudbuds.lol 4channy bullshit, the usual
cliterati.club Transphobia
clubcyberia.co Queerphobia
clube.social Harassment, Bolsonaristas, no moderation
comfyboy.club Pleroma, federates with the usuals
counter.social Generally sus
cryptocartel.social Cryptocurrency
cryptodon.lol Cryptocurrency
cryptotalks.social Cryptocurrency
cryptotooter.com Cryptocurrency
cum.salon Sends frontend-crashing reports, generally sus
cyberstorm.one Racism, homophobia, the usual
detroitriotcity.com Racism
disqordia.space Harassment
djsumdog.com Asshole
dobbs.town From w.e suggested blocks
eatthebugs.social Soapbox, antisemitism
elementality.org Pleroma, generally sus
eveningzoo.club Racism
freeatlantis.com From w.e suggested blocks
freecumextremist.com 4channy bullshit, the usual
freesoftwareextremist.com From w.e suggested blocks; racism
freespeechextremist.com Freeze peach
froth.zone Racist harassment
gab.ai Gab
gab.com Gab
gameliberty.club Freeze peach
gearlandia.haus From w.e suggested blocks; racism
genderheretics.xyz Transphobia
geofront.rocks Hate speech, Soapbox
girevik.su Racism, "anti-woke"
gleasonator.com Soapbox dev's instance
glindr.org G. Linehan's instance
goto.vsta.org Anti-vaxx, misinformation
goyslop.cafe Soapbox, shitposting
hidamari.apartments Federates with the usuals
honkwerx.tech Racism, the usual
husk.site Racism, 4channy bullshit, the usual
iddqd.social 4channy bullshit, the usual
ignorelist.com Potential security risk
journa.host Too much of a privacy risk.
kabuki.club Hate speech
kitsunemimi.club Pleroma, queerphobia, the usual
lain.sh Pleroma, the usual
leafposter.club From w.e suggested blocks
letsalllovela.in 4channy bullshit, the usual
lolison.top Porn, loli shit
lovingexpressions.net Racism
maladaptive.art Soapbox, freeze peach
mastod.no Transphobia, etc.
mastodon.electroncash.de Cryptocurrency, spam
mastodong.lol Malicious actor
merovingian.club Chuds, federates with the usuals
misono-ya.info Racism, harassment, the usual
misskey-forkbomb.cf Malicious exploit
mstdn.io Poorly moderated, far-right haven
mugicha.club Racism, antisemitism
nicecrew.digital Soapbox
nobodyhasthe.biz Racism, the usual
normie.cafe Alt on blocked domain, federates with the usuals
novoa.nagoya Federates with the usuals
obo.sh Freeze peach
outerheaven.club From w.e suggested blocks
parler.com It's Parler
pieville.net Racism, antisemitism
pinksheep.org Soapbox, generally sus
pisskey.io Same admin as poa.st
pl.tkammer.de Transphobia
poa.st 4channy bullshit, the usual
pone.social No-moderation, no-blocking policy
poridge.club Freeze peach, shitposting
poster.place Hate speech
privex.social Cryptocurrency
qoto.org Freeze peach
rdrama.cc /r/Drama
refusal.biz Poast, soapbox, federates with the usuals.
repl.co Malicious exploit
rojogato.com Hate speech, transphobia, the usual
ryona.agency Racism, Kiwifarms-associated
saturno.black Pleroma, generally sus
schwartzwelt.xyz Racism, the usual
seal.cafe Racism, transphobia
serialmay.link Pleroma, the usual
shitpost.cloud 4channy bullshit, the usual
shitposter.club 4channy bullshit, the usual
shitposting.army Freeze peach, 4channy bullshit
shortstackran.ch Racism, the usual
shota.house Shotacon
sleepy.cafe Racism
sneed.social Racism etc.
social.076.ne.jp Associates with several other suspended servers e. g. poa.st, shitposter.club
social.freetalklive.com Freeze peach, libertarians, cryptocurrency
sonichu.com Pleroma, queerphobia, the usual
soykaf.com Freeze peach, the usual
sperg.city Hate speech, just generally being a dick
spinster.xyz Transphobia
stereophonic.space Pleroma, freeze peach
tastingtraffic.net Virulent queerphobia
thepostearthdestination.com Transphobia
truth.social Do you even need to ask
truthsocial.co.in Indian truth.social
truthsocial.com Do you even need to ask
unbound.social Cryptocurrency
valkyrie.world Hate speech
varishangout.net Racism, 4channy bullshit, the usual
vrij.social Right-wing conspiracy stuff, federates with the usuals
vuju.com Soapbox, freeze peach
wideboys.org Soapbox, shitposting
wilde.cloud Twitter mirror
wolfgirl.bar Hate speech, racism, the usual
womyns.land Transphobia
yggdrasil.social Racism, misogyny, the usual
youjo.love Pedophilia
zztails.gay Hate speech, racism, the usual
zztails.online Hate speech, racism, the usual
zztails.wtf Hate speech, racism, the usual