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๐ŸŽ‰ Welcome to newcomers! ๐ŸŽ‰

A few personal tips:

๐Ÿ‘Œ the Fediverse is NOT twitt*r! enjoy a more relaxed, courteous, benevolent way of interacting! you are part of it!

๐Ÿคš introduce yourself! also fill bio and post a couple "toots" before following people to have more chance they'll follow back..

๐Ÿ‘ favourite and follow generously! This is how to create link around. No algorithm-god is spying on you, telling you who to follow, what to read! \o/

โš ๏ธ many people care about CW... learn about that

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Also:

๐Ÿง Experiment with different accounts on different instances (sites like instances.social/list can help you). Every instance has different feel, vibe and community (and rules). Find one that you prefer or use mutliple accounts/personas/instances.

๐Ÿท๏ธ Use plenty of as it is the only way to actually search through the ...

โ“ Ask around! Many people will be pleased to guide you.. There is no stupid question :)

๐Ÿ’– Be part of making the Fediverse better and more welcoming!

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also:

Each message ("toot") can be shared (select with icon under editor) with either:
๐ŸŒ the whole world
๐Ÿ”“ the whole world, but be not further listed in your timeline
๐Ÿ”’ only followers
โœ‰๏ธ only some people (ie. private message)

Different timelines (icons on top left of default interface), to see more messages/people to follow:
๐Ÿ  "home" shows everyone you follow
๐Ÿ‘ฅ "local" is everyone on your instance
๐ŸŒ "federated" is local+everybody followed by someone in your instance

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Also:

๐Ÿšซ Some instances have moderation and content filtering/blocking policies: admin(s) decide for everyone to block content (whole instances, people, or keywords). Choices can be discussed/made transparent.

Some find this makes them feel safer ๐Ÿค—

โš™๏ธ One can filter themselves ("filters" in settings โš™๏ธ menu), and decide, without having to disclose it, a list of keywords to remove from their timelines.

โœ‹ One can mute or block people.

Some find this empowers them and give them more autonomy ๐Ÿ’ช

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@jz
Has there been another new influx? What caused it this time?

@jz Don't forget about the other cool features you get on the Fediverse,e like setting privacy of your toots!

@jz Is there a technical way to know details about the "upstream filtering" of the instance we use ?

Maybe there ought to be be some kind of "instance observatory".

I'm totally fine with filtering when I know roughtly what there is in the filter-box. And vague political statment of two sentence in the description of each instance is pretty light, right ? ^^'

@jz some time ago we copied the content that had been written by @Ca_Gi and others (cf here, it also contains link to the Etherpad used for the write-up). This proved quite valuable for us to get a hands-on start on the #fediverse with Mastodon/Pleroma. The document is especially fitting people coming from the #birdsite, as it presents and explains the differences.

@contact Maybe this could interest you: an updated version of that content with rame.altervista.org/mastostart
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@Ca_Gi
Fantastic work! ๐Ÿ˜ I'll update our documentation links ๐Ÿ“•
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