General use

Not everyone in the Fediverse enjoys the same passions as us. In keeping with a desire to allow people to shape their own online experience (this sure beats algorithms doing so) this often requires users filtering content they do not wish to see. Please feel actively encouraged to use hashtags to identify some of your content. A few suggestions:

  • #FitData - wearable sensor data
  • #FitDataViz - charts, graphs, routes of that data
  • #FitHelp - tips, advice, and support
  • #FitFood - a general label without getting into polarised dietary choices
  • #FitGiving - when seeking charitable donations for your race
  • #FitGo - race event day

When sharing images, please consider Mastodon's global audience:

  • Age Appropriate - consider the general rule of 13 years and above as the viewing audience. Policy varies region to region and more can be found in the Privacy Policy section, below.
  • Race Ready - Mastodon's use of CW flagging varies greatly. Here at Fit Open we accept most race ready and workout items of clothing as appropriate.
  • Content Warnings - We consider beach wear without an obvious race number as worthy of sharing behind a CW. This means: bikinis, speedos, torso, cleavage, butts etc - are all items which should be considered *sensitive*.

Failure to join us in our efforts of maintaining a perceivably reputable stature could see your account flow right into our escalation process, as outlined in our Code of Conduct. It's impossible to make everyone out there happy with our output. However, it is FIT OPEN ADMIN who will make the final call on what is worthy of fair moderation here on our instance. Users and instances operators have the ability to federate or share, hide or block us, as they deem appropriate.


Privacy Policy

What information do we collect?

  • Basic account information: If you register on this server, you may be asked to enter a username, an e-mail address and a password. You may also enter additional profile information such as a display name and biography, and upload a profile picture and header image. The username, display name, biography, profile picture and header image are always listed publicly.
  • Posts, following and other public information: The list of people you follow is listed publicly, the same is true for your followers. When you submit a message, the date and time is stored as well as the application you submitted the message from. Messages may contain media attachments, such as pictures and videos. Public and unlisted posts are available publicly. When you feature a post on your profile, that is also publicly available information. Your posts are delivered to your followers, in some cases it means they are delivered to different servers and copies are stored there. When you delete posts, this is likewise delivered to your followers. The action of reblogging or favouriting another post is always public.
  • Direct and followers-only posts: All posts are stored and processed on the server. Followers-only posts are delivered to your followers and users who are mentioned in them, and direct posts are delivered only to users mentioned in them. In some cases it means they are delivered to different servers and copies are stored there. We make a good faith effort to limit the access to those posts only to authorized persons, but other servers may fail to do so. Therefore it's important to review servers your followers belong to. You may toggle an option to approve and reject new followers manually in the settings. Please keep in mind that the operators of the server and any receiving server may view such messages, and that recipients may screenshot, copy or otherwise re-share them. Do not share any dangerous information over Mastodon.
  • IPs and other metadata: When you log in, we record the IP address you log in from, as well as the name of your browser application. All the logged in sessions are available for your review and revocation in the settings. The latest IP address used is stored for up to 12 months. We also may retain server logs which include the IP address of every request to our server.

What do we use your information for?

Any of the information we collect from you may be used in the following ways:

  • To provide the core functionality of Mastodon. You can only interact with other people's content and post your own content when you are logged in. For example, you may follow other people to view their combined posts in your own personalized home timeline.
  • To aid moderation of the community, for example comparing your IP address with other known ones to determine ban evasion or other violations.
  • The email address you provide may be used to send you information, notifications about other people interacting with your content or sending you messages, and to respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions.

How do we protect your information?

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you enter, submit, or access your personal information. Among other things, your browser session, as well as the traffic between your applications and the API, are secured with SSL, and your password is hashed using a strong one-way algorithm. You may enable two-factor authentication to further secure access to your account.


What is our data retention policy?

We will make a good faith effort to:

  • Retain server logs containing the IP address of all requests to this server, in so far as such logs are kept, no more than 90 days.
  • Retain the IP addresses associated with registered users no more than 12 months.

You can request and download an archive of your content, including your posts, media attachments, profile picture, and header image.

You may irreversibly delete your account at any time.


Do we use cookies?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer's hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow). These cookies enable the site to recognize your browser and, if you have a registered account, associate it with your registered account.

We use cookies to understand and save your preferences for future visits.


Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our site, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety.

Your public content may be downloaded by other servers in the network. Your public and followers-only posts are delivered to the servers where your followers reside, and direct messages are delivered to the servers of the recipients, in so far as those followers or recipients reside on a different server than this.

When you authorize an application to use your account, depending on the scope of permissions you approve, it may access your public profile information, your following list, your followers, your lists, all your posts, and your favourites. Applications can never access your e-mail address or password.


Site usage by children

If this server is in the EU or the EEA: Our site, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 16 years old. If you are under the age of 16, per the requirements of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) do not use this site.

If this server is in the USA: Our site, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old. If you are under the age of 13, per the requirements of COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act) do not use this site.

Law requirements can be different if this server is in another jurisdiction.


Changes to our Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page.

This document is CC-BY-SA. It was last updated March 7, 2018.

Originally adapted from the Discourse privacy policy.

Fit Open

'Fit Open' is people powered, outdoor fitness & endurance sports.

This is our collaborative social space. We're establishing a community, across the globe. Choosing to step away from the centralisation of gyms. To firmly ground ourselves in the freedom of discovery, and participation of outdoor fitness & endurance sports. Our home is formed as a dependable, advertisement free, vibrantly safe space for all. We all need a little support to get us to our goals. We're here to connect as humans, share tips & advice, a supportive community when things turn tough, and celebrate those personal wins along with you.

Mastodon provides the framework of our social platform. It's open source and based on the Web standards body W3C recommendation -- 'ActivityPub'. Over 2,000 active instances are already federating together in excess of 1.3 Million diverse users, each adopting decentralisation as a true alternative. We're a new addition to these highly distributed instances.

Anyone can join us here in our Mastodon home. All we ask is that you observe our Code of Conduct*, linked below. Each instance has it own rules. If you're not a fan of ours, take a look at joinmastodon.org for alternatives.

Sign up today. By choosing 'Fit Open' as your home, you'll add your fitness lifestyle to this growing community.


Built by a for-benefit Social Enterprise*:

  • community owned & run
  • roadmapped* towards officially registering as a fourth sector* social enterprise* - until this official registration it's just me [David Ross] at the helm
  • for the ethical design, build, maintenance, and benefit of 'Fit Open' and its community
  • decisions are based on concensus* through a sociocratic* governance model
  • with measurable social impact*, transparency, sustainability, accountability, responsible social investment and social ROI, positive environmental impact - built in from the beginning

More details of how join in the creation of our social enterprise, will come in the months ahead. See our progress in the documents below.


Our FOSS* project

This social platform has been founded to drive interest, partnership, contribution, and investment towards a much needed fitness industry infrastructure model. Its MPL 2.0 copy-left open source licensed code-base can be found seperately over on Github*. This is being developed for human connection at the intersection of:

  1. Charitable Community - a network of doing good: individually and collectively
  2. Outdoor Activities & Locations - these environments are also deserving of our care, maintenance and support
  3. Outdoor Sports & Fitness Industry - trustworthy network of professionalism

You do not have to take part in this infrastructure building to take part in our community here on Mastodon. With transparency as key, it's important you know what drives our efforts.


Donations will help

Support our server running costs, community building, and platform development milestones. Help us get things done. Should we hit a surplus, this will be focused towards ethically designed projects (decided by consensus) which align with the community's collective, human centred mission.

Donate using Liberapay

Our guiding documents

These are open to being shaped by community members discussion and input.

Code of Conduct. How we respect each other.

Privacy Policy. What we do with your data.

Github repo. Contributors welcome. Soon to move to Gitlab, but we'll be retaining a mirror on Github.

Roadmap. The milestones towards full platform realisation.

Draft Ethics Policy. Designing our social impact.

Draft commitment to Open Source. Not only are we building a FOSS project, we are commited to further supporting Open Science, Open Data, Open Knowledge, Open Innovation, and Open Governance.


Is Mastodon really growing? What is this 'Fourth Sector'? What is a Social Enterprise? What is Concensus? What is FOSS? What is Sociocracy?