@Gargron thank you for this delicious meal
@Gargron how do i get an instance?
@GrumpyKidneyEater If I understand this question right, you are wondering what to enter when it asks for your instance. Yours is mastodon.social, you can see it in the browser's address bar.
@Gargron What exactly is an instance, if you don't mind me asking?
An instance is which server on the fediverse you are using. Yours is mastodon.social, mine is freeradical.zone. There are many instances out there--plenty for specialized groups, such as for linux, art, and etc.
Thank you for the explination.
@lunariaan an instance is comparable to an email provider. Your email/mastodon is hosted in one particular place (provider/instance), but you can communicate seamlessly with people in other places thanks to standardized protocols for passing around messages/toots.
@lunariaan An instance is a single server hosting the mastodon application. It's your "home" in the vast fediverse.
Some people get confused because they think that Mastodon is a single website. But it's actually a series of websites all talking to each other, each with its own address, rules, hardware, owners, etc.
Each one of these servers or websites is what we call an instance. For example, I run beach.city, my instance!
@lunariaan Mastodon isn't a centralized service - it's a part of the Fediverse, which is a network of smaller, interconnected services talking to each other. Each such server is called an instance - and each instance that runs Mastodon software is a Mastodon instance.
@Gargron is there any way of resizing the columns here?
@Gargron encourage them to use brutaldon instead so that they can experience true fear
Is there any chance that you could *optionally* let people set one column to double-width? 🙏
Identical columns mean there's no obvious focus for the eye, which makes Mastodon less comfortable to use for many people.
For example, it would be really cool to be able to set Home double-width, because that's where almost all of the activity and scrolling is.
I host the same on pinafore.x0r.be just for the convenience of instance-local users, it's nice.
@gargron Multi-columns are the best part of Mastodon.
Forget decentralization, or open source, or focusing on good user experience, the important thing is efficient use of screen real-estate. That is my religion.
@Gargron this is very good, thanks for sharing!
> Error: undefined. Is this a valid Mastodon instance? Is a browser extension blocking the request? Are you in private browsing mode?
And yes, I am in private mode. Is there any other way to browse the web these days?
Anyway, I just wanted to see if it would use #oauth or similar for the login.
@61 Yes, it uses OAuth. It's entirely client-side.
@Gargron That's great. 👍
@Gargron Oh my god thanks
@Gargron Works really well :)
Erm... Why do I keep seeing this? I'm not in private browsing.
@Naughtylus Are you using Privacy Badger? It blocks some instances (thinking they are third-party trackers 🙄). You could also try another browser. If not, the admin of fosstodon may need to read this https://github.com/nolanlawson/pinafore/blob/master/docs/Admin-Guide.md
@nolan Yup it was privacy badger.
oh this is awesome! really good and helpful and easier to visually process for me <3
@Gargron I don't know what an instance is??? Help???
@melodicsiren Instance (server) is where your account is hosted, for example yours is mastodon.social (you see this in your browser's address bar)
@Gargron ooooh ok thank you!! 😀
@gargron is there a list of alternative interfaces like this one?
@bep Here's a list of alternative Mastodon web clients: https://github.com/tootsuite/documentation/blob/6bc2aca05714020d55dc736a314afda62eb3778d/Using-Mastodon/Apps.md#alternative-web-clients
@Gargron I like the multi-column. It's like Hootsuite before Hootsuite got annoying
OMG this is amazing, and it has a theme that's black and lavender, my favorite colors. TYSM <3
@Gargron wow thx! I'm a lil overwehlmed with this layout. But it's not working for me😅 🤔
@Gargron much better 💡
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