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If you are new to Mastodon, consider setting a profile picture and making a few posts before following people, so they know you are a real person

@Gargron or just use a picture of a pornstar, and pretend to be that pornstar

@healyn @Gargron or tell everyone that you're the REAL eugen and you made mastodon and the other eugen is a sentient plant-hybrid trying to steal your body (like the plot of that goosebumps book)

@johntherun I knew I should've stayed out of that basement...but there were ice cream bars in the freezer :blobcoffeeraccoon: @healyn @Gargron

@gargron *deletes profile picture and sets posts to private*

@gargron I just reported an account that looks like a spambot. I hope I'm correct...

@Gargron I just locked my acct. Getting to be too much of a bother reporting and blocking the bastards lately.
Most are from .social and pawoo. the big ones.
@sohkamyung

@gemlog

I've kept my account locked after the big 'mass follow from spam accounts' incident recently.

As a side effect, it makes me browse through the posts and boosts of people who want to follow me. Some have 'interesting' perspectives and probably not people I might follow back, but as long as they are not obviously spam, p0rn or blank accounts, I usually let them follow me.

@Gargron

@Gargron Following your advice, I shall post! I am a real person and stuff. Wanted to give Mastodon a try. Since most social media is blazing dumpster fire.

@barcane @Gargron also, the "introduction" hashtag is a good cultural practice! We should keep encouraging that, it's a good way to show your humanity, introduce yourself, and maybe meet an ambassador type.

So welcome aboard! I highly recommend the introduction tag, and using the web to find/follow a few accounts from far away instances. Discovering new stuff feels completely different, you'll need to ask the locals!

@Gargron otherwise the #MammottBot might de-activate your account and you will never be able to log-in again.

@Gargron Are there real people on Mastodon?. I thought you all were bots. 😱

@Gargron also have good English so you don't sound like a bot

@Gargron Good point! Done that deed ... nothing happens but I definitely do not dispair! 😎

@Gargron i actually haven't thought that people may consider me not real on the internets, yep, that's how naive I am))
thank you!

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