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This account has moved to @FediTips , please follow me there instead!

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If you're reading this post, you are viewing or following my old account.

Please follow my new account instead at:

➡️ @FediTips

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¿Me ayudáis? Me gustaría ampliar mi experiencia en Mastodon, me cuesta un poco encontrar gente... ¿me recomendáis cuentas interesantes a las que seguir? Mis intereses principales son: psicología, psicoterapia, salud mental, adolescentes, neurociencias, historia en general, historia antigua, especialmente Roma y Egipto, literatura, música en casi todas sus formas, análisis de actualidad, humanismo, poesía, y gente interesante y creativa, en general. ¡Gracias!

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@z3r0 @frandq

Hi, @feditips is my old account. You can follow my new account at @FediTips

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If you're reading this, you're viewing or following my old account. This account has moved to:

➡️ @FediTips

Please follow me there instead!

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If you're reading this post, you're viewing or following the old FediTips account. Please follow the new account instead:

➡️ @FediTips

I've also attached an image so that this post reaches followers on Pixelfed 😄

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If you're reading this post, you're viewing or following my old account. Please follow my new account instead at:

➡️ @FediTips

Thank you!

(If you have any problems with following the new account, contact my personal account at @FediThing)

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@feditips Thanks, this was a pain in terms of setting up this account. Not sure why, but privacy settings didn't seem to take, even though for whatever reason, it defaulted to "followers only" and the setting was correct. But wanted to mention @bexx as you've got some stuff and they may want to follow you.

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@ModdyMoon @bexx

This is my old account. You can follow me on my new account at @FediTips

feditips , to Random stuff
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📣 I'm moving the FediTips account to another server.

The new address to follow is:

➡️ @FediTips

I'm just about to start the automatic migration procedure, so it should move your follow over to the new account seamlessly, but if you want to follow the new account manually straight away you can do so (it won't mess anything up).

The new server is my own one, it's where FediFollows, FediVideo etc are already.

If there are any problems, contact my personal account at @FediThing

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@epp

It should work now, there was a freak bug on Vivaldi.net that blocked some newer accounts. The bug has since been fixed, so please follow me at @FediTips

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If for whatever reason you never wish to interact with , you can personally block it for your account. This hides all posts and profiles from Threads, prevents anyone from Threads from following you, and stops your posts from being delivered to or fetched by Threads. Simply click the "Block domain threads.net" option on any Threads profile or post you see in Mastodon.

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@astro_ray @Beltliner403

User-level domain blocks don't really work that well, it is essentially closing your eyes while Threads is posting all around you on your server.

People who belong to vulnerable groups are especially not well served by relying on user-level blocks.

Considering Meta's awful human rights record, would strongly recommend asking your server admin to defederate Threads at a server level. That's the only real way to keep their toxicity out of your community.

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  1. Meta/Facebook has a horrific track record on human rights:
  1. Meta/Facebook is trying to join the Fediverse. We need to defederate them.

  2. If you're a server admin, please defederate Meta's domain "threads.net" (here's how on Mastodon https://fedi.tips/how-to-defederate-fediblock-a-server-on-mastodon/)

  3. If you don't run your own server, please ask your server admin to defederate "threads.net". Your admin is listed on your server website's About page.

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@gadgetfrog

Wanting a standard to become common doesn't mean you should federate with a server that has a terrible human rights record.

Does this sound like someone who should be in charge of content moderation policy?

https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/18/17587080/mark-zuckerberg-holocaust-denial-kara-swisher-interview

"Facebook will continue to offer a platform to Holocaust deniers, Infowars, and other publishers of hoaxes on the assumption that they are sincere in their beliefs, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said."

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@stupidjim

Sort of, but it won't be as effective as a server defederation.

Users blocking a server basically just hides stuff from that server, and removes any follows you have from that server. It's more like closing your eyes to them than actually restricting them.

You can do a "domain block" by clicking on the profile of a person from that server, then clicking ︙ on their profile, and then "block domain".

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@stupidjim

I'm not sure if servers can even see you've blocked them?

There's nothing in the Masto admin interface for this, at least.

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@robianhood @stupidjim

The list is for showing server-level blocks by admins. I think Jim was asking about user-level domain blocks?

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@DrAlexandraK @lawyersgunsnmoney @skykiss

The main FediPact list is at https://fedipact.online/ but unfortunately it's not organised into any kind of categories. There are public instances and single user instances mixed together in a big list.

(Hopefully something better will appear soon, just working on something at moment but can't promise anything yet.)

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@robianhood

No worries, it happens! 😁

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@feditips
any hint on the following behaviour?

  • scrolling in my home timeline
  • clicking into a toot and read it
  • either chose the "back" button or swipe left-to-right
  • my home timeline starts again at the first post loaded that day, which is really annoying 😢
    (MacOs+Safari/iOS + IceCube)
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@janosch

When you say first post loaded that day, do you mean the newest post, or the oldest post?

feditips ,
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@janosch

Ahh okay...

Is your server running some kind of custom code, if it has older posts at the top?

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is testing federation for a few selected profiles. I'm now following @mosseri! It's one-way for now, but it's exciting. It's a step towards the interoperable social web that we've been advocating for 🙂

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@Gargron

This is really disappointing, Eugen.

Meta's track record on human rights is so terrible, Amnesty International issued a report about their involvement in genocide:

https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/ASA16/5933/2022/en/

This is the kind of company you're excited about working with?

There is zero chance Meta is genuinely interested in interoperability, they just want to take over control of whatever community the Fediverse has built up. As Meta's CEO said, people who trust him are "stupid f**ks".

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Some apps on here are offering AI/LLM for certain features such as entering an image description automatically.

If you are abled and sighted, please don't use these features.

If you are sighted and able to enter descriptions yourself, it would be better for the planet if you enter descriptions manually. Manual descriptions avoid anyone having to cause environmental damage.

So-called "AI" features damage the planet:

https://www.technologyreview.com/2023/12/05/1084417/ais-carbon-footprint-is-bigger-than-you-think/

https://www.nature.com/articles/s42256-020-0219-9

https://oecd.ai/en/wonk/how-much-water-does-ai-consume

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@runarcn

I don't know if that feature works any more? However, I'd imagine it causes extra energy costs of some kind.

By the way, just to repeat, I'm not saying any of this to people who depend on these features for accessibility. I'm only saying this to people who are able to enter a description manually.

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@spaduf

You've linked to an article from April 2022.

Here's an article from December 2023:

https://www.technologyreview.com/2023/12/05/1084417/ais-carbon-footprint-is-bigger-than-you-think/

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@spaduf

The article I linked to is specifically about the impact of using the models (not training but actual use):

"And while we know training AI models is highly polluting, the emissions attributable to using AI have been a missing piece so far. That is, until now. "

https://www.technologyreview.com/2023/12/05/1084417/ais-carbon-footprint-is-bigger-than-you-think/

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@noondlyt

Exactly. Best to avoid it if you can.

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@bouncing

If you actually read the article I linked to, you would see it is about energy of actual usage (not training):

"And while we know training AI models is highly polluting, the emissions attributable to using AI have been a missing piece so far. That is, until now. "

https://www.technologyreview.com/2023/12/05/1084417/ais-carbon-footprint-is-bigger-than-you-think/

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@bouncing

As far as I can tell, Voiceover is just looking for very specific things like text and icons?

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First post on Mastadon, hopefully not the last. I created this account to learn more about decentralized social media and the Fediverse.

feditips ,
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@grant_h @NamelessTemplar

Also see the website at https://fedi.tips for all tips/guides published so far.

Serenity , to Random stuff
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Being offline absolutely puts one in evaluation mode once site power resumes. Those who boost or post too frequently are going into silent mode. I’d never see your post anyway. The flood of new data is too great.

How does one curate lists again? Maybe I need a plentiful energy list for those I appreciate but not every 10 minutes.

@feditips

I am thankful that posts information, like lists. Going to troll their posts now while power permits.

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@Serenity

You can see all of my account's tips over on https://fedi.tips

The one about lists is at https://fedi.tips/how-to-use-the-lists-feature-on-mastodon/

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👋 @pluralistic In your bio, you write, "I post long threads. If you don't like these in your timeline but want to read them, I suggest unfollowing me here and subscribing to my RSS, or my newsletter, or any of my various long-form feeds. Links at https://pluralistic.net "

I just learned that "it’s considered polite to use a public visibility setting for the first post but an unlisted visibility setting for the replies in the thread"

Wonder if you'd consider doing so?

https://mstdn.social/@feditips/111540429454484768

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@ethanjstark

I think @pluralistic and I are talking about different things?

Unlisted doesn't help on the Home timeline, but it does help reduce clutter on the Federated and Local timelines and the search function.

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@toolbear @posniewski @ethanjstark @pluralistic

My personal take on this would be that blog posts from Fediverse-compatible platforms like WordPress would be a better approach to long texts, as they allow the entire text to be in a single post on Mastodon.

However, viewing a post via Mastodon does remove a lot of formatting, and for example if you want a specific picture to appear beside a specific piece of text (instead of at the end) you would still need to use multipost threads.

feditips , (edited ) to Random stuff
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Every account on Mastodon and the Fediverse has a unique account address, it will look something like this:

@ (username) @ (server)

You can find anyone's address by looking at their profile page, the address is written underneath their display name in a smaller font.

Account addresses are handy if you want to tell people about your account, people can paste your account address into the search box on their server which will make your profile appear.

Lots more info at https://fedi.tips/whats-my-accounts-address-how-do-i-follow-other-peoples-addresses-how-can-people-follow-my-address/

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TIL deleting your own boosted post also deletes the original post it seems? Is that correct / any way around that? @feditips

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@robert42

If you want to unboost a post, click the boost button again.

Boosting a post doesn't create a second copy, it just shares the original post. If you delete that post, you will be deleting the original.

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In case you missed it, the fedi.tips website has a complete list of all the ways to discover people to follow on Mastodon and the Fediverse:

➡️ https://fedi.tips/how-do-i-find-accounts-to-follow-on-mastodon-and-the-fediverse-how-do-i-find-my-friends/

If there's a method missing from the list, let me know!

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@maxwainwright

There's no direct way, but if you go to their profile page it may look blank.

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@ekes

I wouldn't recommend followgraph as it is run by someone from Meta (they have "Trust and Safety @ Meta" on their profile, which is sort of a contradiction in terms considering Meta's horrific track record regarding genocide, election interference etc).

You don't need to have all your follows on the same timeline. You can use Lists to move follows onto separate themed timelines:

https://fedi.tips/how-to-use-the-lists-feature-on-mastodon/

The latest version of Mastodon lets you hide List posts from the main timeline.

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@ekes

"It's a tool. Working for Meta doesn't mean, everything you do can be smeared."

It's a tool created by someone who works for a company that does disgusting things. I don't trust such tools.

"it's already hard not to not miss a lot of posts."

It depends on what you want from social media?

If you want to read absolutely every post then yes you have to restrict how many people you follow. But a lot of people dip in and out of social media and aren't too worried if some posts scroll by.

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@maxwainwright

I think this is deliberate, because some trolls/abusers try to take "revenge" on anyone who dares to block them.

By making it harder to notice blocks, such acts are less likely to happen.

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@feditips @feditips
How do i view my posts that are not boosts? I boost a lot of stuff so it is difficult to find posts from me.

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@boblaw0

There's no direct option on your profile, but you could try searching for "from:me" in the search box?

Other people can search for from: and then your account address ( AT Boblaw0 AT mastodon DOT social but with @ and . instead of words and spaces).

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@SusanHR @KenExline

You're wanting to add alt text?

If you're using the website click the "edit" button on the picture itself, then add the text for the alt text, then click "apply", then publish the post.

If you're using the official app, click on the picture itself and type the alt text, then publish the post.

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You can see trending posts, hashtags and links on your server by browsing its "Explore" section.

-On website or web app click "Explore" or # on the right of screen

-On official apps click 🔍 magnifying glass at bottom, and leave search box empty

-On third party apps interface will vary, but usually it's called "Trending" and often in settings menu

Lots more info about this including why things trend, how server admins can prevent dubious things trending etc at:

➡️ https://fedi.tips/where-are-the-trending-posts-and-hashtags-on-mastodon/

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Have you ever noticed an account on here labelled "Automated" or "Bot"?

It means the account is a bot, operating automatically without a human doing the posting.

This might sound odd, but there are many useful and entertaining , for example posting sports results or weather bulletins or public domain art. Other bots run interactive games of chess or D&D campaigns or text adventures.

Find out more at:

➡️ https://fedi.tips/why-are-some-accounts-marked-bot-on-mastodon/

...and some good bots to follow:

➡️ https://fedi.directory/tag/bots/

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@VirginiaMurr

Ahaa, thank you!

Is it correct to say bad bots probably wouldn't label themselves "automated"?

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@VirginiaMurr

Glad to hear from voice of experience! 👍

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p.s. If you want a specific example, this is a fun bot for fans of pop culture: @vs_everyone

feditips OP ,
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@Sylkeweb

I think the "news account" label on Friendica is intended for automated RSS streams?

Is there some reason a non-automated account would use it? (Genuine question!)

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@Sylkeweb

I'm pretty sure it's meant to label accounts with linked RSS, as they are often called "news feeds"? That's why RSS readers are often called "news readers".

One of Friendica's best features is its ability to easily link any RSS feed to an account 👍

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@Sylkeweb

It is pretty unclear though, yeah :blobsad:

Maybe Friendica should change the label to "RSS account" or something? But then they would have problems because some use Atom feeds etc.

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You can create threads on Mastodon using the traditional method:

  1. Post first part of thread
  2. Reply to first part with second part
  3. Reply to second part with third etc

Some third-party apps and services also have thread creation tools.

It's a good idea to number threads so that people who notice one part will explore the rest.

Also, set first post to "public" visibility but replies to "unlisted", to avoid filling public timelines.

Lots more info on threads at https://fedi.tips/how-do-i-post-a-thread-on-mastodon/

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@pluralistic

I think we are meaning different things?

I don't mean the Home timeline, I mean the Local and Federated timelines and the search function.

If you use unlisted, the post will not appear in local, federated or search, either on your instance or other people's.

Replies (unlisted or public) will appear on Home if they are replies to someone you follow, or if they are part of a thread by someone you follow. Otherwise all replies are hidden on Home.

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I'm a volunteer who runs many sites & accounts to help people use Mastodon & the Fediverse.

If you want to help with running costs, buy me a coffee at:

➡️ https://ko-fi.com/fedithing

(No registration, choose any amount, all currencies work)

...or become a patron at:

➡️ https://liberapay.com/FediThing

Sites & accounts:
@feditips & https://fedi.tips
@FediFollows & https://fedi.directory
@FediVideo & https://fedi.video
@FediGarden & https://fedi.garden
@homegrown & https://growyourown.services

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