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What is this place?

phire.place is a social media platform that runs on Hometown software. It's part of the Fediverse, which means it's capable of talking to any other social media platform that speaks the same technical language (ActivityPub). This includes any site that runs Hometown, Mastodon, Pleroma, Pixelfed, BookWyrm, etc.

The main thing you need to know is that phire.place by itself works basically like Twitter, but it exists in a world where any random nerd can run a Twitter server and all of our Twitter servers can talk to each other. You can follow anyone in the Fediverse using their full address, which will look something like @name@nerdserver.com. For example, I'm @phire@phire.place.

If you later change your mind about what server you want to be on, it's fairly easy to migrate your network from one server to another, but you can't migrate your post history currently. People generally move servers if they want to be more discoverable to a specific interest or affinity group, or if they don't like the moderation policies of their server. Otherwise, the server you pick won't really affect your experience of the Fediverse.


The best iOS apps are Ice Cubes or Ivory. The best Android app is Tusky. If you want a multi-column Tweetdeck-like interface, you can enable "Advanced Web Interface" in your settings. Your "Mastodon instance" is phire.place.

Finding other people

You can follow anyone from any server I haven't banned (see below) by pasting their full username or profile URL into the search bar of whatever interface you're using. You can also follow other people from their profiles directly, but you'll need to sign-in every time. Copying and pasting is unfortunately the most reliable option. I know that's annoying, sorry.

Streetpass is a browser extension that will collect the Mastodon usernames of people who have listed them on their websites as you browse the internet for you to review and follow. You can also use this Fedifinder tool to find people from Twitter who've put their Mastodon profiles in their Twitter bios.

The best way to find new people is to write a brief #introduction (and tag it as such), and include some hashtags of what you're interested in. It's the norm to boost your friends' intros, and it's the quickest way to reach more people.

I'm more than happy to answer any other questions you have - please reach out!

Privacy settings

The privacy settings of posts can be a little bit confusing. Here's a good infographic that explains how your posts will or won't show up for other people. If you want to use Hometown like a public Twitter account, you'll want to set your default visibility to "Global". If you want to use Hometown more like Peach, you'll want to set your default visibility to "Followers only", and also restrict people from following you without approval. Not all apps are good at showing you requests, so you may need to check the web interface to approve follows.

Like Livejournal, you can change your visibility settings on a per-post basis. Search engines will not be able to see your public posts, unless you manually turn on search engine indexing. There is no such thing as full-text search in this universe yet, which is great because you mostly won't get weird drive-by reply-guy-ing. However, that does mean that if you want your posts to be visible to people who don't follow you, you'll need to use hashtags. Please use #PascalCase (capitalize each word) when creating hashtags so they're easier for screen readers.


The only admin for the server right now is me, Jenny. You might know me from my writing, Twitter, Metafilter, or Peach. If you don't know who I am, this server probably isn't for you.

This server is not a democracy (yet*). I'm trying to make this a nice place for me and my friends and their friends to hang out, which means that I will not be tolerating hate speech of any sort, incitement to violence or harassment, free speech nonsense, alt-right nonsense, or any devil's advocacy. This server is pro trans and disability rights and anti cop, and I am not interested in arguing about it.

If you notice behaviour that contravenes the above on this server, please report or DM me and I will investigate. If you think I've made a mistake in blocking your instance, feel free to reach out by email.

Since I'm paying for server costs out-of-pocket, I'll be fairly restrictive in allowing sign-ups. If you use this server, you can buy me a coffee here!

*I'd be happy to run this space as a jointly owned coop and sharing both governance and costs. If that is something you're interested in exploring, give me a shout.

This server is hosted by Spacebear, a managed hosting service for Fediverse tools. That means that our server shares space and resources with other servers, so there may occasionally be performance hiccups if there's a spike in usage volume. I don't have direct access to either the software or the database, which is good and bad. Bad because I can't make custom modifications to the codebase for just this server and can't personally diagnose problems. Good because I'm not actually a sysadmin and you should always pay someone to sysadmin for you if you can, and I can't read your DMs even if I wanted to (which I really don't).

The current privacy policy is the default Mastodon/Hometown privacy policy, and we're beholden also to Spacebear's privacy policy.

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.

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
80percent.social Antivax
bae.st Lolicon
baraag.net Lolicon
bitcoinhackers.org Crypto
childpawn.shop Lolicon
cliterati.club Transphobia
cum.salon Lolicon
detroitriotcity.com Harassment
develop.gab.com Alt-right nonsense
dobbs.town Cult shit
feral.cafe Promotion of bestiality
freak.university Lolicon
freeatlantis.com Free speech nonsense
freecumextremist.com Lolicon
freespeech.firedragonstudios.com Free speech nonsense
freespeechextremist.com Free speech nonsense
freewahaextremist.com Free speech nonsense
freezepeach.xyz Free speech nonsense
gab.ai Alt-right nonsense
gab.best Alt-right nonsense
gab.polaris-1.work Alt-right nonsense
gab.sleeck.eu Alt-right nonsense
gabfed.com Alt-right nonsense
gangstalking.services Harassment
gearlandia.haus Racism
gleasonator.com Free speech nonsense
glindr.org Transphobia
hentai.baby Lolicon
https:nicecrew.digital Alt-right nonsense
iddqd.social Harassment
justicewarrior.social Free speech nonsense
kiwifarms.cc Transphobia, harassment, doxxing, just the worst assholes on the internet
kiwifarms.is Kiwifarms
kiwifarms.net Kiwifarms
kneegrows.top Racism
leafposter.club Free speech nonsense
letsalllovela.in CSAM
mastodon.green Harassment
mastodon.loliandstuff.moe Lolicon
noagenda.social Alt-right nonsense
noagendasocial.com Alt-right nonsense
pleroma.kiwifarms.net Kiwifarms
pleroma.mouse.services Spam
preteengirls.biz Lolicon
qoto.org Free speech nonsense
rapefeminists.network Self explanatory
raplst.town Self explanatory
ryona.agency Harassment
sander.social Spam
sinblr.com Spam
social.sphere.com.ai Spam
solagg.com Spam
spinster.xyz Transphobia
stopthesteal2020.us Alt-right nonsense
truthsocial.com Trump bullshit
unsafe.space Free speech nonsense
ussr.win Spam
yggdrasil.social Alt-right nonsense
youjo.love Lolicon