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Before You Join

Be aware that you may request to join, but your request will need to be approved by the community.

Please do not interpret a decision to approve or deny a registration request as any reflection on you. Unlike Twitter or Facebook, Discussion Studio is a very small community of users (all of whom know each other in the real world), coming together to discuss topics of interest to them.

If you are here because a currently active member has asked you to register, then please drop an email to the studio administrator.

Discussion Studio Wiki

If you are new to Hometown, Mastodon or social media in general, the wiki is the perfect place to learn how to get the most out of your membership here. You will find pages detailing how to use the range of features available on the platform we all share.

To be clear, the wiki is not a forum for subjects normally discussed here in the studio. Politics, religion, sex... those are all topics worthy of blogging. In fact, some of you may have established blogs of your own, where you publish regularly. If so, you may wish to add the web address of your blog to your Discussion.Studio profile, so that others have a chance to peruse your longer form written work.

Should you wish to consider writing content for the wiki, please contact me, and let me know. There are, and will continue to be, gaps in the useful information the wiki could be providing to members, and your help and ideas are always welcome.

Code of Conduct

Okay, let's keep this simple.

For several years now, my wife and I have routinely taken to reminding each other of The Lopez Principle. For those not clear on what this is, adherence to the Lopez Principle means complying with the simple admonition, "Don't be a dick!"

Yes, there is a story behind how this principle came to be, but suffice to say that saying "Remember the Lopez Principle." or "Please don't Lopez me." or discretely coughing/sneezing/throat-clearing "Lopez!" into a napkin or a closed hand is far more socially acceptable than snapping "You're being a dick. Stop it!" in the middle of a fancy dinner party or a child's birthday gathering.

I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it.

— Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, defining obscenity in Jacobellis v. Ohio

Be honest with yourself. When was the last time you acted like a dick to someone, and had no idea you were doing it? You may or may not know how to define the behavior, but you know it when you see it. So cut it out.

And Another Thing

Just kidding. There isn't really another thing. Not yet, anyway. We're just getting started, so best to keep things as simple as possible. Moving forward, this space might contain all manner of fascinating minutiae of immeasurable value. I will keep members updated on any exciting developments.

In the meantime...

Welcome to the Studio!