🎉 Welcome to newcomers! 🎉
A few personal tips:
👌 the Fediverse is NOT twitt*r! enjoy a more relaxed, courteous, benevolent way of interacting! you are part of it!
🤚 introduce yourself! also fill bio and post a couple "toots" before following people to have more chance they'll follow back..
👍 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/
⚠️ many people care about CW... learn about that
🧐 Experiment with different accounts on different instances (sites like https://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.
❓ Ask around! Many people will be pleased to guide you.. There is no stupid question :)
💖 Be part of making the Fediverse better and more welcoming!
Each message ("toot") can be shared (select with icon under editor) with either:
🌍 the whole world
🔓 the whole world, but be not further listed in your timeline
🔒 only followers
✉️ only some people (ie. private message)
Different timelines (icons on top left of default interface), to see more messages/people to follow:
🏠 "home" shows everyone you follow
👥 "local" is everyone on your instance
🌍 "federated" is local+everybody followed by someone in your instance
🚫 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 🤗
⚙️ One can filter themselves ("filters" in settings ⚙️ menu), and decide, without having to disclose it, a list of keywords to remove from their timelines.
✋ One can mute or block people.
Some find this empowers them and give them more autonomy 💪
*Translation* of the post to English.
We have had many new accounts on mamot recently, due to a well-known trick promoting us neither desired nor hoped for.
Afterwards, the 2598 users are there, and I wonder if @admin (to which these 2598 are automatically subscribed ...) should give them a welcome message explaining quickly what mastodon is etc. ?
What do you think ?
@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.
I'd like to add another tip: don't self-censor words with asterisks or similar, as it's disrespectful towards people who've specifically set up filters for those words. :)
@jz also: write image descriptions! Mastodon makes it easy, just click "edit" on the image after you insert it. it's useful for making the Fediverse more accessible to blind people, but also for pointing out the important parts of an image
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