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@parasurv To be fair, it is a good way to force people to spread out from it elsewhere, especially now that he's redirecting people trying to join to

@porsupah I mean, it *is* a good way to counter people congregating on one instance *and* solve temporary site overload at the same time...

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Oh, good grief.. well, if anyone needed more of a reason to be anywhere else than or, Gargron's turned off the Local and Federated timelines there.

@CyclopsCaveman Don't know. The last thing I remember was one of my other accounts being blocked from there by a very angry tankie for disagreeing with them, but this was years ago.

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'content warning' 

i mean the real #feditip is that this little 'content warning' field is extremely versatile. you can use it
- as a title, like you would put on an email or a web page. it's easier to scroll, give you an early choice of whether or not you want to read it.
- to list the applicable trigger warnings that one might want to avoid. you'll learn them as they come, and understand people's pain.
- to warn about screen reader unfriendly posts before filling a post with emoji
- to physically make your post take less space on everyone's screen, while not necessarily get less attention. i love going on an all caps rant behind a 'computers' cw. it's great and liberating without being as annoying.
- octodon special, complain to gargron if you think it's cool, here you can post over the limit inside one. this post is more than 800 characters long and i don't have to make it into a thread unless my thought are separated in time

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@jay @ieure The other thing is that if you are using Mastodon for *all* your private messaging rather than using an encrypted chat application for stuff you don't want leaked, you're doing something wrong.

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For new people wondering why Mastodon is on thousands of servers instead of one:

-It helps protect us all against Elon Musk scenarios. It's very difficult for anyone to buy a network made of thousands of independently owned servers. (It's the same reason why no one owns the world's email network, because there are so many independent providers out there.)

-If your server misbehaves (or sells out to a malevolent billionaire), you can move your account to a different server, or even to a brand new server. Decentralisation means you're never trapped on a site you hate.

-Mastodon is an open platform where anyone can start their own server, and they don't need tech knowledge if they use a service like or

...and there are lots more good reasons too, to do with servers using alternative Fediverse software etc, but I'll save that for a future post 😁

#MastoTips #Mastodon #FediTips #Fediverse

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Seeing a lot of people weirded out that "Masto admins can read your DMs!"

Unless it's end-to-end encrypted, any admin of any system you use — Twitter, Facebook, Slack, GMail, etc — can do that.

hope this helps

@lashman @pingviini @atomicpoet @narohdethan Yep. Somehow I've avoided being on either end of that phenomenon my self, but I've known others who have.

@carbontwelve @Gargron There's a bot I follow that shows exactly that information.

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Mastodon has gained 106,723 monthly active users since the end of March (when Elon bought 9.2% of Twitter's shares). 93,603 are new accounts. Overall that's a 42% increase in Mastodon's MAU.

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Thus reads a passage from the hidden bible for Hollywood script-writers, secretly written in the past decade.

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@256 my brain is trying to interpret this image as a shitpost but the fact it appears to actually be a genuine opinion piece from the era is causing a short-circuit

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@256 How did they get so many of these wrong?

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Fedi is the most strange thing in the world.

On normal social media, you write a message and people just ignore it forever.

Here, you write a message, it stays ignored for 1 or 2 years, and then all of a sudden, for no reason, with no explanation, someone finds it somehow, boosts it, and it gets 200 likes and 120 boosts.

What the fuck.

I'm sure someone will boost this message in 2021 or 2022.
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