🎉 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

💗

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also:

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

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Also:

🚫 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 💪

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@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
@jz

@Ca_Gi
Fantastic work! 😍 I'll update our documentation links 📕
@jz
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