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tips for newcomers

follow, boost and fave all you like! we don't care about follow ratios and faves are private. go hog wild!

boosting your own posts is 100% ok. no shame. the TL is chronological, so there's no algorithm to fight.

please do use CWs. if in doubt, use one just to be safe.

hashtags are your friends and really the only effective way to search for posts. be sure to use them to maximize your reach.

don't be afraid to engage. dumping pictures is fine but stay and chat a bit too!

more tips!

home TL: posts by people you follow, and stuff they boost

local TL: only posts from users on your instance

federated TL: a wild frontier of all the posts from every instance yours communicates with. the dark souls of mastodon

even more tips~

we don't generally subtweet/toot people here.

likewise, we're not fans of dunking, especially screenshot dunking.

saturdays are usually or or both! sometimes neither, if we get lazy or forget.

if you're normally nocturnal in your respective timezone, you're

and yet more tips~

faves being private clarification: people can click on the faves on a post and see who faved it. however, you can't go to a user's profile and see a list of their faves, nor will you see that in your TLs.

admins can see all DMs coming or going from their instance. while it takes a bit of work to do this and most admins won't bother, please don't think DMs are a secure communication channel. keep sensitive personal info to other, secure means of communication.

if the DM thing bothers you, remember that DMs on any other service can also be accessed by the people who run it. twitter, facebook, instagram, messenger apps, etc are not secure and they will often share your info with government agencies if it benefits them to do so.

ANOTHER TIP

we're very much not about clout here. follow to follower ratios, worrying about doing numbers on your posts, holding back on boosting something that doesn't seem popular are all pretty gross habits we try to purge ourselves of here.

we're about being a community, not a popularity contest.

most of us were like that before we came here. it takes time to unlearn and embrace a different way of using social media, but it's possible and you'll be better for it.

@extinct :slimeheart: thanks so much for taking the time to say this!

@extinct Whoop whoop!! Wild frontier (to illustrate your point)!!

@extinct your instance hasn't blocked the nazi instance = YOU DIED

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:100awoo: :mastodance:

(But also: I'd love it if some more #collage stuff made the crossing, as it's pretty rare here and on my other art-sharing site, too. I'll bring snacks.)

@extinct this is so important. We are so used to those types of practices that only makes everyone miserable and anxious. I've noticed a different atmosphere here and it's like... Freedom at last! It's like a liberation.

Being able to just enjoy art and share is huge.

@MariandreaPF yup! and a lot of people don't even realize they're doing it, or how damaging it is. and i totally get that.

but we all just need to remember we're people, not brands. and it's ok to just hang out and share and enjoy being around one another.

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> we don't generally subtweet/toot people here.

:blobfoxthinking: I see subtoots all the time, but they're usually CW'ed as such
@Camas @extinct Someone posts something you disagree with, so you make a post basically saying why it's stupid.

Example: you post "I love video games" so I post "I hate video games, don't see why anyone would play them" (although that's a rather extreme and aggressive example, they're usually a bit more targeted but also kinder).

@extinct every instance should have a baturday

I'm definitely not biased

@bat i agree, it should be a fedi-wide, and enforced, tradition

@extinct thanks for the tips!
Is there a way to search across multiple instances?
If i hit search in my home instance it only shows results from the instance and i haven't seen a convinient way to search other places yet :bread_pensive:

@bobston what are you searching for? Users? Hashtag? Search doesn't really work for words and phrases, like it does on twitter. Your results will be determined by what instances yours had federated with. If they're lacking, the admin of your instance probably needs to add a relay

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Searching for hashtags.
I guess following people from other instances isn't enough to federate with their instance :m_kai_think:
Not sure what a relay is but i will relay that to my admin :meruyo:
Thanks for the help! :merufun:

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Minor nitpick: favs aren't private, they only federate to the instance of the post that was faved. The more important thing is that they're not used for content creation, so faving everything or faving nothing will get you the same feed.

@alexa what I meant is you can't go to someone's profile and find a list of their favorites. Likewise you don't see people faving things on your timeline. Sure, if you wanted to scour every post to see who faved it, you could

@extinct Faves are not private. If you click on the star above the star (the one next to the fave number) it shows you the list of people who've faved.

@lukesci that's true, but you cannot easily access a specific user's favorites, or see them on your timeline is what I meant. Faves and boosts on posts are not shown in real time to anyone but the op as well

@extinct @lukesci @kurisu also the only favs you can see are the ones from local users. if you load the original post in a web browser, you can see the total (which may be higher), but you can't see the list at all.

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On "don't be afraid to engage. " - Well, I sometimes am!

@el_joa that's understandable. but in general we are a friendly bunch.

@extinct i would add: you can add descriptions to images you upload! they are visible as hover-text. very useful for making screenshots of text machine-readable and giving credit/context.

@extinct so, what is a CWs? Answered below as I was typing but leaving for anyone with same question.

Also, as I typed this out I see that "CW" as a button above toot! and beside the public settings. It is Content Warning.

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