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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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(One for techy people today...)

Command line / terminal fans!

You can use Mastodon through a command line interface or a terminal user interface using the third party app "toot" for Linux etc:

➡️ https://toot.bezdomni.net

It's free and open source, find out more at the link.

This also works with Mastodon-compatible servers.

By the way, this app toot has nothing to do with the other third apps Toot! or Tooot, they just have very similar names.

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If someone recommends an account to follow and it looks blank to you, it probably isn't actually blank! It probably just looks that way when you view it from your server.

If you follow the account, future posts will start showing up on your server.

It is confusing, but there are really good reasons why it happens. You can read more about it (including how to check what a profile really looks like, and how to prevent your own profile looking blank) here:

➡️ https://fedi.tips/why-does-someones-account-page-look-completely-blank-is-it-really-blank/

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📣 Techy fans!

The alpha version of @gotosocial now has support for allowlists.

Allowlists automatically prevent federation with all other servers, except those that the admin has added to their allowlist. (Traditional blocklists work the other way round, allowing all federation unless a server is blocked.)

Allowlists bring more safety but also reduce reach, and that's why it's up to each admin to decide whether to use them.

More about at:

➡️ https://docs.gotosocial.org/en/latest/

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p.s. For non-techy people wondering what GoToSocial is, it's another kind of Fediverse server.

It's compatible with Mastodon, so GoToSocial and Mastodon users can follow each other, but GoToSocial is made by totally different developers and uses totally different software.

The emphasis on GoToSocial is being "lightweight", so servers use fewer resources. They're also trying to emphasise user safety,

GoToSocial is still in development, but should be going to beta testing next year. 🤞

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If you're posting a link on Mastodon, you'll probably want to add https:// to the beginning so it is clickable.

For example fedi.tips isn't clickable but https://fedi.tips is clickable.

The reason https:// is required is in case people want to include dots in words or phrases without accidentally creating links.

p.s. Techy people might like to know that many non-web link types also work on here: https://, http://, gemini://, dat://, dweb://, gopher://, ipfs:// ssb://

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@atocci

Vanilla Mastodon doesn't let you create embedded links, but it will display them correctly if other types of server allow them.

The link you included has federated fine 👍

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If you want your account and posts to be discovered more easily:

  1. Opt into full text search (here's how: https://fedi.tips/how-do-i-opt-into-or-out-of-full-text-search-on-mastodon/)
  2. Use hashtags in posts
  3. Fill in your profile, include relevant words in the text. Profile text is searchable now.
  4. If you have a website include it in profile with https:// at the start of address
  5. Verify website link so people know it's yours (here's how: https://fedi.tips/how-do-i-verify-my-account/)
  6. Write introductory post & pin it (here's how: https://fedi.tips/how-do-i-pin-my-posts-on-my-mastodon-profile/)
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There has been a lot of interest in PeerTube lately, so here are a couple of guides to help you use it.

➡️ How to watch and discover PeerTube, how to follow PeerTube accounts from Mastodon - https://fedi.tips/how-do-i-use-peertube-how-do-i-follow-peertube-accounts-from-mastodon/

➡️ How to upload your own videos to PeerTube - https://fedi.tips/how-to-publish-videos-and-audio-on-peertube/

Also a reminder you can browse/search lots of nice PeerTube videos at https://fedi.video

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If you follow someone who boosts way too often, and you want to see their posts but not their boosts, you can do this:

  1. Go to their profile page
  2. Click on the menu button ︙
  3. Select "Hide boosts from..."

If you change your mind later, go back to their profile and select "Show boosts from..." instead.

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Groups are a really useful feature which let you follow discussions on particular topics. You follow a group's account to see discussions, and mention it to post to the group. More info:

➡️ https://fedi.tips/how-to-use-groups-on-the-fediverse/

If you're annoyed by high traffic groups, you can now combine them with the Lists feature to have groups in their own separate mini-timelines (and not your main timeline):

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

Groups federate to all their followers, giving them a much wider reach than hashtags.

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If you're uploading to , it's important to include tags, because these will make it a lot easier for people to notice your video.

PeerTube tags automatically appear as hashtags on Mastodon, so people searching or following those hashtags will see your video 👍

If you use more than one word in a tag, it will automatically be converted into a single phrase.

(PT tags have always worked as hashtags on Mastodon, but starting in Masto 4.2.0 the tags are actually visible below the video.)

feditips OP ,
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@Oliviastarstuff

Here you are, it's great!

https://makertube.net/w/vjpXZBrAW2b7WaujoXf5ZZ

You can follow the video account at @michellemay

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p.s. If you want to see this actual video it's at https://makertube.net/w/vjpXZBrAW2b7WaujoXf5ZZ

And you can follow the creator's video account at @michellemay

Their main account is at @thegiddystitcher

All highly recommended! 👍

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@feditips

Suppose someone blocks me. The feeling is mutual, so I want to block them too.

Am I able to block them after they've blocked me?

This is what I call mutual blocking.

Is mutual blocking in the fediverse possible at all?

Is mutual blocking possible on Mastodon?

I don't see these two questions as equal. It could be possible to mutually block at the level of ActivityPub, but also for Mastodon to not have an interface that allows us doing it.

I know on some platform this is not possible. Once you block someone, you vanish out of existence, and they cannot also block you.

However, I'm thinking that it is possible to mutually block one another in the fediverse and Mastodon.

I've searched the web and I haven't found a discussion of this.

feditips ,
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@yourautisticlife

As far as I know, there's no direct way to do this in vanilla Mastodon as the menu which includes the block option becomes inaccessible when they block you.

It might be possible on ActivityPub, but not on vanilla Mastodon.

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The Fediverse has an event organisation platform called @mobilizon, find out more at:

➡️ https://joinmobilizon.org

servers let you create event pages where people can sign up, even without an account.

Mobilizon accounts can be followed from Mastodon etc, and followers will see your latest events appear in their home feed.

It's made by non-profit @Framasoft, who also make @peertube and provide all kinds of nice free open source online services.

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If you have joined the Fediverse's social reading platform @bookwyrm, you might like to know you can import your existing data from , , , or :

➡️ https://fedi.tips/importing-your-data-into-bookwyrm-from-goodreads-librarything-storygraph-openlibrary-or-calibre/

If you're looking for a server to sign up on, there's a good one at:

➡️ https://bookrastinating.com

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If you're looking to share music, podcasts or other audio on the Fediverse, you might want to sign up on a FunkWhale server.

Funkwhale is a free open source audio platform featuring channels that can be followed from Mastodon etc. You can sign up on servers or start your own.

More info from the official website at:

➡️ https://funkwhale.audio

Follow the Funkwhale account for latest news on the project at

➡️ @funkwhale

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Just a reminder, please do add alt text descriptions to your images, videos and audio clips. It will make them accessible to people with visual or hearing impairment.

You'll also get a lot more boosts if you add descriptions, because a lot of people only share posts that have descriptions.

If you forget, don't worry, you can edit your post afterwards to add it 👍

It can take a while to get into the habit, so there's a bot to help you remember at @PleaseCaption

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Are you interested in musicians, bands and spoken word on here?

There's an online community radio station called Radio Free Fedi which is entirely music & speech by people from the Fediverse:

➡️ https://radiofreefedi.net

You can also follow their account for the latest updates at:

➡️ @radiofreefedi

There are three RFF streams:

  • Main, which plays everything

  • Comfy, which plays more relaxing stuff

  • Specialty, which plays themed blocks of music & speech

negative12dollarbill , to updates
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I have a pretty big Mastodon question/problem.

I'm trying to link someone who doesn't have an account to this thread:

https://techhub.social/@LadyDragonfly@universeodon.com/110753630156713990

which contains an image for each country in the world.

I can see it at that URL.

But when I go to that thread in Incognito/a browser where I'm not logged in, I get redirected to this URL:

https://universeodon.com/@LadyDragonfly/110753630154110925

which cuts off after Brunei.

What's happening, how can I stop it, and how can I share that full thread with someone not on Mastodon?

This is kind of a blow to my evangelism.

feditips ,
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@negative12dollarbill

The actual thread is at the second address in your post, the first address is a redirect.

If you click on the Brunei post to enlarge it, it shows you the rest of the thread.

I don't know why Mastodon is behaving like that instead of showing the whole thread from the main link, presumably some kind of freak bug?

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@negative12dollarbill

I don't think it's intentional, it's an odd way of doing it if it is.

The logged in or logged out isn't the issue, it's about which server you're viewing. The first link is a view from your server, the second link is a view from the server that the thread starter is on.

Different servers have different views of the Fediverse for very good reasons. If you're interested, there are details here:

https://fedi.tips/which-posts-and-accounts-can-i-see-from-my-server/

and

https://fedi.tips/why-arent-all-mastodon-and-fediverse-posts-and-accounts-automatically-visible-from-all-servers/

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If you're into books and reading, you might want to sign up for an account on BookWyrm, the Fediverse's alternative to Amazon's Goodreads:

➡️ https://joinbookwyrm.com

Just like Mastodon, BookWyrm is on many different servers that talk to each other. Find a server to join at:

➡️ https://joinbookwyrm.com/instances

Because it's part of the Fediverse, accounts on BookWyrm can be followed from Mastodon etc.

You can follow the BookWyrm developers at @bookwyrm

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In case you missed it, all links on Mastodon count as 23 characters towards your limit, no matter how many characters the link really is.

So, you don't need to use link shorteners on Mastodon as they won't actually affect the link's length.

Mastodon does this because it's better for everyone's privacy to avoid link shortener services, it means people can see what they're clicking on, and the link won't stop working if the shortener service shuts down.

More info at:

➡️ https://fedi.tips/you-dont-need-link-shorteners-on-mastodon/

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The Fediverse is a network of thousands of independent social media servers of many different kinds.

The most popular kind is Mastodon, but it wasn't the first and isn't the only one. Some of the accounts you interact with are on other server types, e.g. @Iancylkowski is on Pixelfed and @theatticdwellers is on PeerTube. There are many Fediverse server types:

➡️ https://fedi.tips/what-other-kinds-of-servers-are-on-the-fediverse/

Whichever type you're signed up on, they connect together to form a social network called the Fediverse.

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@melroy Do you know a global search engine (for tags) about ? 🔍

feditips ,
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@melroy @laravista

If it's just tags you want, have a look at https://fedi.buzz

feditips , to random
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If you need help with the basics of using Kbin, there's a Kbin FAQ by @dannekrose at:

➡️ https://kbin.social/m/kbinfaqs@kilioa.org/t/20459/A-small-FAQ-to-hopefully-help-new-users-to-kbin

The same author has also done a follow-up FAQ for slightly more advanced questions about Kbin:

➡️ https://kbin.social/m/kbinfaqs@kilioa.org/t/29224/A-little-more-comfortable-with-Kbin-now-but-new-questions

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update:

  • The https://kbin.social server is now federating with the Fediverse. You can follow/interact with kbin.social magazines & users from other Kbin servers, Mastodon & rest of the Fediverse. For example the TIL magazine is at @todayilearned, the lead dev of Kbin is at @ernest

  • There's a new Kbin server at https://readit.buzz which is run by the same people as the Universodon.com Mastodon server. It's open for signups, just click "log in" and then "register".

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p.s. If you are browsing a magazine, thread or account from Kbin (or anywhere else on the Fediverse!) and you want to interact with it somewhere else on the Fediverse but you can't find it by searching, here's how to make your server notice it:

  1. Go to Kbin in your web browser
  2. Copy the web address of what you want to interact with
  3. Paste that address into the search box on Mastodon (or any other Fediverse server type)

It will then appear on your own server where you can interact with it.

feditips OP ,
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p.p.s. Several people asking in the thread about how to appear on the microblogging sections of Kbin magazines.

As far as I can tell, just include one of the magazine's listed tags in your posts on Mastodon etc. For example to appear on the Apple magazine's microblogging section include or or one of the other tags as shown at on the right side of the screen at https://kbin.social/m/apple

Microblogging is a separate tab from Threads, you need a Kbin account to start a new thread.

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@vintprox

Hmm... hey @ernest can you help with this?

feditips OP ,
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@ernest @vintprox

Thank you for the info, that makes sense! 🙏

Good luck with the development on the update 👍

feditips , to random
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Apparently Reddit has now banned a subreddit dedicated to the Fediverse Reddit-alternative Kbin:

https://sakurajima.moe/@chikorita157/110517156242412322

If you're on a centralised platform like Reddit, this is what they can do. Centralised platforms have all-powerful leaders who can do whatever they want, and you have no alternatives if you disagree.

The point of the Fediverse being on lots of servers is that each server's power is limited. If you disagree with one server's actions, you can move.

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The Fediverse is more than just Mastodon! :fediverse:

If you like to share photos you might want to check out @pixelfed, an Instagram-style photo sharing network on the Fediverse.

You can find out more and sign up at:

https://pixelfed.org

PixelFed uses the same federation protocol as Mastodon, which means Mastodon users can follow people on PixelFed and vice versa. You can try following a PixelFed account right now such as @Iancylkowski or @JoseMel or @connyduck

You can use PixelFed through a web browser, and there are also free open Android apps like @PixelDroid and FediLab (@apps).

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If you love books, the best part of the Fediverse is probably @bookwyrm, a GoodReads-style social reading network.

More info and sites to sign up on are at:

https://joinbookwyrm.com

Because it uses the same ActivityPub protocol that powers the rest of the Fediverse, you can follow BookWyrm accounts from Mastodon etc.

For example, the lead developer of BookWyrm has an account at @mouse

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Human rights mean a lot to me. I joined the Fediverse to make the world a nicer place. My efforts are pathetically small, but hopefully make at least a tiny difference.

I used to recommend Lemmy very strongly, thought the people who develop it were nice folks interested in making the world better too.

However, recent discussions with the developers has changed my mind completely.

I am very suspicious about their motivations now.

1/6

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@Erik

I don't think tech is neutral.

I am not comfortable about tech created by people who have a bad attitude towards human rights.

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