Just a reminder to new Mastodon folks: if you want to join an instance where the only letter you can use is "e", I run https://dolphin.town and registrations are open!
long post, Fedi culture stuff, misconceptions
If you're getting the hang of Mastodon, you might have fun giving other instances a try. Mastodon extends beyond mastodon.social, so you get to choose the kind of people you hang out with!
If you want to hang out with queer furries in a safe environment, try https://computerfairi.es .
If you're an artist, https://mastodon.art might be your style.
Or use the instance picker at https://instances.social/ !
I really really need some Mastodon dev help with this https://github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/issues/8263
Anyone? Pretty please
NEW USERS! Feel like mastodon.social is too busy? You can sign up on another instance and still communicate freely with everyone here and elsewhere.
https://instances.noct.zone/ is a good curated list of instances with short summaries of what they're all about, https://instances.social/ has a "wizard" to help you pick a place from a nice big list of options.
A lot of smaller instances have closed registrations to prevent spam, but users there may be able to send invites if you have friends!
New users: I've written a guide to Mastodon, which you can find here: https://github.com/joyeusenoelle/GuideToMastodon/
It was originally brief, but it keeps growing. o_o
CWs aren't just about avoiding content
Consider the site https://www.doesthedogdie.com/ - it's a single-purpose site that lets you know something important about a movie. Most people don't use it to completely avoid movies - just to mentally prepare themselves so they're not as shocked and emotional when it happens.
Think of CWs the same way. It's not that you can't discuss politics, it's letting people know a conversation is about politics so they can be prepared.
I don't like to promote myself.
I am an 'environmentalist'.
Welcome twitter refugees!
You see where there was a little "SHOW MORE" button just there that you pressed to see the rest of this? That's a content warning (or CW)
You use those whenever you want to make a toot (stop giggling at the back, we know, that's what it's called, get over it) that mentions something that other people might not want to see
Stuff like politics (it's exhausting), drugs, NSFW stuff, health discussions, selfies, and so on
That's a non-exhaustive list, just be considerate
Server run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!