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Languages English (en)
Users 1,311
Active users (last month) 256
Active users (last six months) 614
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First sight Nov 23, 2022 UTC
Last successful check May 28, 2023 UTC
Noxious No
New No
Software Mastodon 4.1.2
Registrations Open (by admin approval)
Most used hashtags (last week) catsofmastodon, caturday, catstodon, makeasongweird, saturday, insektensamstag, butterflies, misquoteasuperhero, paxton, bvb
Short description
Welcome to NorCal.social! This is a Mastodon instance specifically intended for anyone who lives in or has a connection to Northern California. All are welcome, join today :)
Long description

Welcome to NorCal.Social!

This is a Mastodon instance specifically intended for anyone who lives in or has a connection to Northern California.

Getting Started

After you sign up be sure to check for a confirmation email. You have to verify your email address before we can activate your account.

If you are new to Mastodon check out info.norcal.social for some general information on getting started and links to Mastodon documentation.


norcal.social is run entirely by volunteers. However hosting requires real world costs. Contributing is always optional and any donations you make here go entirely to hosting fees: opencollective.com/norcalsocial


In addition to the Server rules listed below NorCal.Social adheres to the Mastodon Server Covenant.

Please report any rule violations or spam you see and a moderator will take appropriate action.

Thanks for being part of NorCal.Social!

Server rules
  1. Be nice and have fun! Use content warnings (CW) and #hashtags liberally.
  2. No hate speech. Do not use pejorative or discriminatory language with reference to a person or a group on the basis of who they are, in other words, based on their religion, ethnicity, nationality, race, colour, descent, gender, sexual orientation or other identity factor.
  3. Criticize ideas, not people. Do not "shitpost" or post in bad faith, engage in name calling, or ad hominem attacks.
  4. Do not harass anyone, or post other people’s personally identifying information ("doxing").
  5. No pornographic, illegal, illicit, or unlicensed content.
Moderated servers
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Admin account msb@norcal.social
Date of creation Nov 9, 2022 UTC
Display name Matthew Saunders Brown

NorCal resident, motorcycle adventurer, beer enthusiast, tech geek. NorCal.Social admin.

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