Purpose – What is the purpose of RCsocial.net?
RCsocial.net is a Catholicism focused instance of the Mastodon social network. This is a place for folks interested in Catholicism to thrive. Everyone – Catholic or not – is welcome to join the discussion.
For Whom – Who may use RCsocial.net?
RCsocial.net is a friendly social networking space for those with an interest in Catholicism. Being Catholic is not required – all seekers of truth are welcome here. We ask only that everyone be respectful of each other, remembering always that God created every person in His image and with equal human dignity.
This service is for personal, non-commercial communications. Our only “rule” is to respect Christian values (so show civility towards each other, no NSFW content, etc.). Feel free to discuss topics outside our primary interest area whenever you wish.
Unique – How is RCsocial.net different from commercial services?
The purpose of the big commercial services (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter) is to exploit you for financial gain and to isolate you from any information contrary to their extreme political, God-less worldviews (via very aggressive censorship and banning). Think of RCsocial.net as the opposite of that.
Thankfully there are now many sites in the “federation” (interconnected, independent social media sites). Each have their own primary areas of interest. Ours is Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular, although you need not be either to join us.
While Catholicism is our primary area of interest, you are free to civilly discuss any topic that interests you. We hope that you feel welcome here and will make RCsocial.net your social media home.
Years – How long has RCsocial.net been in service?
RCsocial.net began service on July 4, 2018. We are now in our 5th year of service.
Privacy – Is my activity on RCsocial.net private?
Unlike the tech giants, your data here is not sold or made available to any 3rd parties. Trackers are not used. Very good security measures are in place. In short, your privacy is respected.
However, there are points within the service where unauthorized access could occur. They can not be eliminated completely without negatively impacting the nature of the service. They are few and would be difficult to exploit, but not impossible. Truly confidential communications should be conducted by other means.
RC – What does “RC” in RCsocial.net mean?
Finding an available but good, mnemonic, short, memorable, easily communicated domain name is challenging! This name is a compromise. RC stands for Roman Catholic, which unfortunately is not Catholicism in general as it does not encompass Eastern Rites including Ukrainian Greek, Syro-Malabar, Maronite, Melkite, Chaldean, Armenian and others. This service is – and has always been – focused on all of Catholicism, including our Eastern Rites.
Politics – Is RCsocial.net liberal or conservative?
In a nutshell: “I am the way and the truth and the life.” (John 14:6)
RCsocial.net, like Catholicism itself, has no political ideology. Our ideology is truth, as revealed by Jesus Christ, preserved and taught by the Church He established to do so. It is our deepest hope that individual users always seek that truth and always view politics and culture in light of it.
Politics with the demands of the culture, for many quickly becomes an idol – placed ahead of God Almighty whose commandments and revelations are subjugated to it. That is profoundly backwards!
Tech – What is the technology behind RCsocial.net?
TLDR: beefy hardware and software. For more detail see our technology page.
Version – What version of Mastodon does RCsocial.net use?
RCsocial.net is (mostly) a functionally unmodified, up-to-date instance of Mastodon. It tracks new Mastodon releases closely, often within hours of new upstream releases. The Mastodon and RCsocial.net release numbers are displayed in the footer of the About page.
However, RCsocial.net offers some unique features: light and dark purple themes (to represent the sovereignty of Christ), Holy Spirit dove with a branch in the primary liturgical color for each day, an appropriate “anonymous” avatar, improved text throughout, the maximum post size is increased to 2,023 characters (from 500), polls may have up to 8 options (increased from 4), an external uptime monitor, the Lord’s Prayer is embedded in every page’s metadata, this user guide and more.
All enhancements are fully interoperable with other federated sites (including all Mastodon instances). Therefore, while their users may be limited to sending 500 character posts (for example), they will display complete posts received from RCsocial.net users.
By Whom – Who is providing RCsocial.net?
George Sipe (@George@RCsocial.net, email to George@RCsocial.net, or via contact form), a 2010 Protestant (Lutheran) convert to Catholicism.
I live in a suburb north of Atlanta with my wife of 44 years. We are parishioners of Mary Our Queen in Peachtree Corners, GA.
Now retired, I had worked in the computer industry (for various hardware and software companies) since the early 1970s. It’s changed a lot since then!
Support – How can I help?
The #1 thing you can do right now is spread the word. Let your other social media friends, online forums, church groups, family, etc. know about us. We are visible to the world only as much as our users make us so! Please take a minute and give us a little plug right now. Your promotional efforts are very effective and much appreciated.
At our current size, this is a self-administered and self-funded site. In the future, additional administrators and moderators will be added as necessary to share the load and ultimately take the reigns, but we are not at that point yet.
Additionally, while there are a few recurring costs involved, they are not too bad at the moment. If someday we are large enough to require serious resources, I may ask for some help. Thanks to all who have already offered.
FWIW, my hope is not only for RCsocial.net to grow, but for many more faithful Catholic and other Christian-focused instances to emerge and thrive.
Others – What other Christian instances are out there?
As Catholics, we believe Jesus Christ established His Church that we be one, with Peter and the Apostles to lead it. Catholics have an unbroken line of succession to those times and maintain the fullness of the Christian faith. We consider, with the greatest love and respect, non-Catholic Christians as our separated brethren.
Below are all the English language Catholic and other Christian focused instances (who are currently accepting new users)… that I am aware of. Please contact me (see By Whom above) if you know of others! Status information is updated daily.
- RCsocial.net – Catholic – this site! (71 active users)
- b4tech – Catholic (5 active users)
- Fidelis.social – Catholic (8 active users)
- Rosary Faith – Catholic (0 active users)
- 1611 – Ind. Fundamental Baptist (7 estimated active users)
- Bibly – non-specific (19 active users)
- Deacon – non-specific – Anglican admin (106 active users)
- End Time Believers – non-specific (1 active users)
- Episcodon – Episcopalian (42 active users)
- Faith.social – Evangelical (10 estimated active users)
- Fire Faith Fellowship – non-specific (6 estimated active users)
- Mastnode.faith – non-specific (2 active users)
- Online Lutherans – Lutheran (7 estimated active users)
- Sheep Network – non-specific (9 estimated active users)
- There's Life – non-specific (54 active users)
|Description||RCsocial.net: a friendly social networking space for those with an interest in Catholicism.|
|Description||Mastodon server to increase awareness of the ramifications of modern technology on religious freedom, democracy, security and privacy, as well as on people's health and the environment.|
|Description||Adeste fidelis[sic], venite adoremus!rrIntended as a place for Catholic laypeople from other sites to have a home on Mastodon, but open to anyone and everyone.|
|Description||A Mastodon instance concerned generally with the topic of religion or more specifically Catholicism. Everyone with an open mind welcome regardless of religion, belief system, or lack thereof.|
|Version||2.7.2 (compatible; Pleroma 2.5.51-314-g8f6fde01.develop+soapbox)|
|Description||King James Bible believers, soul winners and doctrine reprovers. Most are Independent Fundamental Baptists.|
|Active Users||7 estimated|
|Description||Christian Community, Federated and Decentralized, Bibly is on the Fediverse!|
|Description||A respectful, loving, and diverse community of Christians of all traditions|
|Description||Aware that we're living in the end times, in upside down world, we keep our faith in Christ as we move forward -- encouraging and strengthening one another. Our King Jesus is returning soon.|
|Description||a Mastodon instance for Episcopalians|
|Version||2.7.2 (compatible; Pleroma 2.4.3)|
|Description||A place for evangelical christians to join together, share their faith, stories, learn and grow. - As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. -Prov 27:17|
|Active Users||10 estimated|
|Version||2.7.2 (compatible; Pleroma 2.4.53-4-g64945b3b.develop+soapbox)|
|Description||Stoking the divine spark into a roaring fire|
|Active Users||6 estimated|
|Description||A community of Christians who engage constructively, as explicitly as Christians, on the climate crisis and the other major global challenges of humanity.|
|Description||OnlineLutherans is a social networking hub and productivity site for Lutheran individuals, congregations, and organizations. In addition to world-wide reach through social communications and messaging, OnlineLutherans offers community forums with automated moderation tools. OnlineLutherans also has enhanced collaboration and basic e-commerce tools. Organizations and individuals can use our generous storage and file sharing capabilities to make working together easy even when you don't share office space.|
|Active Users||7 estimated|
|Version||2.7.2 (compatible; Pleroma 2.5.51-289-g401e832f.develop+soapbox)|
|Description||Social media owned by you|
|Active Users||9 estimated|
|Description||A family-friendly social network (Mastodon instance) devoted to the new life found in Christ.|
Thanks to Richard at theres.life for collecting it. He also has links for those seeking non-English sites.