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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What counts as a "marine professional"?

Anyone who works, broadly, in a marine related field qualifies as a marine professional. This includes, but is not limited to, ROV technicians, artists who feature ocean artwork, science writers who write about the ocean, professors in marine science disciplines, consultants in ocean or marine fields, practitioners and managers, commercial fishers, and conservationists affiliated with NGOs. Professionals working in freshwater or coastal terrestrial ecosystems are welcome, too.

2. Can oceansocial.us users only talk about ocean stuff?

Of course not! We want to build a community of marine professionals, but people contain multitudes and no topic is off limits.

3. Will this instance ever be open to non-professionals interested in the ocean?

The ultimate plan is to create a resource for everyone interested int the ocean. In order to accomplish that, we must first create a critical mass of engaged expert users. At some point in the near future this instance will be opened for anyone to join.

4. How can I support oceansocial.us?

If you'd like to help support oceansocial.us and help cover administration and server hosting fees, please consider making a small monthly contribution to Andrew's Patreon campaign: Andrew David Thaler is creating tools for ocean science and conservation.

Code of Conduct

oceansocial.us strives to promote a welcoming environment that is safe, collaborative, supportive, and productive for all participants. We value the diversity of views, expertise, opinions, backgrounds, and experiences reflected among our users.

All users are expected to adhere to this Code of Conduct.

Our mission is to discuss and share ocean news, stories, and ideas as well as provide a resource for people interested in connecting with marine professionals. These topics can and will inspire debate, and strong disagreements may occur. It is our goal to set up a space so that these discussions can happen. There is a line between debate and disrespect. If that line is crossed, the space is no longer productive. Our respectful dialogue policy asks that participants make every effort to maintain constructive discourse with other participants within oceansocial.us and across the fediverse when representing oceansocial.us.

Expected Behavior

  • Treat everyone with respect and consideration.
  • Communicate openly and thoughtfully with others and be considerate of the multitude of views and opinions that are different than your own.
  • Be respectful and mindful in your critique of ideas.

Unacceptable Behavior

  • Harassment and intimidation, including conduct designed to threaten, intimidate, or coerce another user.
  • Discrimination based on gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, or culture.
  • Content that could be generally construed as gratuitously pornographic.
  • Disrespectful disruption of conversations.


Users that have been found in violation of the code of conduct will be removed from the instance. Depending on the severity of the violation, users may or may not be given time to download their archived data. Removal is at the sole discretion of the admins.

Reporting Unacceptable Behavior

If you are the subject of unacceptable behavior or have witnessed any such behavior, please notify an admin or community leader. Currently, admins and community leaders include: @DrAndrewThaler.

Adapted from the Code Of Conduct for the International Marine Conservation Congress.