HFG (Hochschule für Gemeinschaft)

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Group: Marie and Hanna
Name of the instance: HFG (Hochschule für Gemeinschaft)  
Software: Mastodon: https://fediverse.party/en/mastodon
Theme/Topic: Communication platform for HFG Karlsruhe 
Scale: less than 1000 (Students, Alumni, employees , Profs, ...)
Interface: yet to be designed



  • Does your instance have a Code of Conduct? If yes, what is the main need for it?
Yes there is definitely a need for it! See example from mastodon.social below!
  • Are there clear mechanisms for conflict resolution and for proceedings in the case of the violation of community rules?
  • How are you making decisions in your instance? (decisions like installing new features, writing a Code of Conduct etc)
There is a group of administrators that get democratically elected (mixed by their status)
They decide individually the measures of consequence and further proceedings.
For general decisions there will be votings, every member of the HfG hat a vote. 


  • Does your instance have a specific theme/themes or is it more generalistic?
 Its a Comunication platform for any matters of The HFG, until now all the general comnication is happening via Email, to get this structured better we would suggest using a custom social media platform based on Mastodon 
  • To which degree do you want your instance to foster a tight-knit community?
communication, discussion, sharing and connecting 
  • How inclusive and diverse is your instance? In what ways? How do you promote this?
the instance is as diverse as the HfG 
  • Is your instance public (i.e. everyone can join), semi-public (i.e. everyone can apply), or private (i.e. only people with invitations can join)?
(members of the HfG) 


  • To what extent does the server of your instance rely on relatively environmental-friendly energy sources (wind energy, solar power, tidal power, wave power, geothermal energy, biomass and waste energy)?
  • To what extent does the network rely on other infrastructures? (e.g.: Internet Service Provider, Domain Name Servers, Virtual Private Server, etc.)
  • Are you going to buy new hardware or re-use/recycle old one?
  • What will happen with hardware that needs to be trashed?


  • How do you pay for your infrastructure?
  • Are administrators, moderators and developers volunteers or paid for?
  • What are its financial sources? (e.g.: donations, academia, state or private funding, subsidies, corporate sponsor, conferences etc. Read more funding models here: https://mkaz.blog/misc/open-souce-funding-models/)
  • How can you ensure that you have enough resources, supporters, workers, volunteers, and users?
  • Is your instance collectively owned and controlled by its members as a common good?
  • Is your instance using advertisements?
  • How big do you want your instance to be? (user count: < 100, < 500, <1000, <10000)
  • Can users sign up for your instance for free or is it paid? If paid, is it affordable?

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.