On August 15, 2019, we made the decision to go invite-only. This decision may be temporary, or it may be permanent. We'll see how it goes.
Any existing user can create and send invitations! Visit https://social.privacytools.io/invites to create an invite link. We highly encourage users to invite people they know or people that may be interested in joining our community.
If you're looking to join social.privacytools.io and don't know any existing users, that's fine too! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and maybe include a quick message about why you'd like to join this instance. We'd love to have you!
Why did this happen? Honestly, spam is one reason for sure. We want to cut down on the amount of automated registrations and we're hoping this helps. But another reason is just to keep this community small. Limiting registrations will help keep the quality of our conversations up. Not everything is about the user count!
Can I share invites publicly? Use your best judgement. If you want to send an invite to a group, forum, chat room, subreddit, etc. that's totally fine! We do ask that you either time-limit your invitation, or set a maximum number of uses for invitations you post publicly. There's options to do that on the invite creation page.
I don't want to wait for an invite. The beauty of Mastodon is federation: A user on one instance can interact with a user on another! There's many other great instances listed at joinmastodon.org, and you'll still be able to follow and message users on this instance, and any other instance!
Here are some privacy related profiles accross the Mastodon Network.
Mastodon 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.
Media files from these servers will not be processed or stored, and and no thumbnails will be displayed, requiring manual click-through to the original file:
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: