If you created your account a long time ago, you may be seeing Mastodon's advanced web interface (multiple columns). That interface has not been the default for years now. You can control which one you see from Preferences.

@Gargron Isn't that the only way to 'follow' hashtags though? Or am I missing something?

@mykd @Gargron you can also follow a hashtag using it's RSS feed in an RSS reader, but that's obviously quite functionally different.

@rysiek @Gargron Hmm, so Feedly might be a good Fediverse client 🤔

@rysiek @Gargron @mykd can you clarify how to do that please? I can only see Twitter, Reddit and Newsletters up the top.

@moonlightsiesta @Gargron @mykd find a hashtag you want to follow via RSS, say #solarpunk, click on it to reach the page for it on your instance. For me it's:

Now add .rss at the end:

Boom, RSS feed for #solarpunk as seen from!

@rysiek @Gargron @mykd omg I just did it. That’s so simple but such a brilliant idea, ty. I’ve been wondering what rss was for for years. I did it with particular people I follow under a specific topic. That way I can have my Covid Careful ppl together ❤️ . It’s a shame we can’t follow people on twitter that way - you could have their posts show up on a feed and not have to sort through the mess. @trendless lookie!

@moonlightsiesta @Gargron @mykd @trendless Mastodon also has built-in "Lists", but I never used them. They might be better for fedi accounts.

@trendless @rysiek @Gargron @mykd I just remember someone saying the lists function doesn’t work so great

@rysiek I just tried again, the lists function doesn't work so great. 🙃

(well, it probably works just fine as intended but I want moar)
@moonlightsiesta @trendless @gargron @mykd

@Gargron @mykd @rysiek @trendless @Dr_M_Inglis @Szilvia after you settle in you should look into this. It’s like making a subsection of who you follow or a particular topic (hashtag) into a newsfeed ❤️

@moonlightsiesta @rysiek @Gargron @mykd


I loooove RSS and was so sad when Twitter got rid of it! Chronological FTW!

@moonlightsiesta @rysiek @Gargron @mykd

Will go nicely along side the rest of my feeds in Nextcloud News 😏

@moonlightsiesta I use Nextcloud instead of Google Drive/docs/sheets/keep etc. It also has "apps" for rss reading, bookmarks, passwords, instant messaging, video chat, project management, invoicing, and on and on. It can be installed anywhere; mine's on a mini computer in my house. Amazing software, albeit not without bugs. @nextcloud

@trendless @moonlightsiesta @rysiek @Gargron @mykd I'm gonna assume that was a move to up site traffic to appeal to advertisers.

@DamnCatOnMyDesk @trendless @moonlightsiesta @Gargron @mykd oh totally. And to clamp down on these pesky free-loaders that were reading :birdsite: but not contributing by letting their data get slurped by the overlord.

@DamnCatOnMyDesk @moonlightsiesta @rysiek @Gargron @mykd Ha. Disregard my other reply. Confused threads.

That would certainly make sense to me. They killed so much external access to their data, really reduced the usefulness of the site. I basically gave up using it then, until pandemic times dragged me back.


I wonder if it's because I set the description of my server ( to "COVID careful Twitter refugees ♥️"


@trendless it was what we were discussing on Twitter - how to keep our Covid ppl together regardless of the platform. I wanted to see if it was possible to do it. And it looks like we can - we just don’t have that functionality in Twitter. I loved the “Covid Careful” label in that discussion.

I agree 100%. I hope people will be willing to make a change. In light of all the moderation/labeling issues over there, even prior to Musk's offer (and if it does eventually fall through), it's time to look for alternatives. We need a community we can moderate ourselves, together, based on our shared values and priorities. I'm absolutely astounded at how well the general fediverse ethos seems to dovetail with #COVIDcautious, tbh.

But as always, a big part of the value is experts. Really hoping they can see the benefit of something like or maybe someone can setup an MD-focused instance. I'm happy to have 'em come to, too, fwiw (tho' I'll need to crowdfund if there are enough folks that the server needs to be upgraded). Anything to keep the conversation and access to info+data going.

I *super* appreciate all the work you've been putting in. Really helped to kick my butt into gear. 🙏

@moonlightsiesta I think I stripped your account out of the replies above this one... oops


@trendless aww thanks. Our twitter community is especially important with so many experts dropping the ball and I want to make sure community gets strengthened. Best way is through connections.

@trendless that might be the easiest way to entice them. A dedicated “I’ll be your admin and help you get over here” service for our folk. The learning curve can be a hard one to get through when there’s such bad inertia and we’ve just gotten used to easy but limited media. A lot of people have just been going: “too hard, too confusing.”

@trendless a bit like coming into a space and going “oh wait, we’re not still debating if the world is flat?” It’s been a real wake-up call to see we deserve and should demand better.

@moonlightsiesta yes. We've forgotten it doesn't have to be that way and normalized the bad behaviour.

@DamnCatOnMyDesk @mykd @Gargron every single account also exposes an RSS feed. just add .rss to the end of the URL of the profile (as long as it's on a Mastodon instance, not sure about Pleroma et al)

@rysiek @DamnCatOnMyDesk @Gargron Now we're talking! Feels like I just need to write a small email-to-toot gateway and I'll be able to go totally asynchronous.

@m3tti @rysiek @DamnCatOnMyDesk @Gargron

It looks like might be able to advise on how well this works. His bio says "Posts by a script from -- email if you want a reply." He hasn't posted in a couple of years though.

@mykd @rysiek I've done that, but it relies on a bunch of stuff I had lying around, and is too fragile to try to package.

Basically I hooked into my spam filter (which I wrote) and anything with the right magic subject, and the right wrapping in the body gets copied out. Then the internals from the wrapping in the body are extracted and handed to "toot".

As I say, a bit fragile, but easy to do.

@ColinTheMathmo @rysiek Funny, email is the oldest bit of that solution, but the one that is the trickiest bit to wrangle.

@mykd How so? I have a mailbox cleaning 'bot that connects to my POP3 box, downloads everything, detects spam, deletes those from the box, then does some processing on the ones it's downloaded, leaving behind a clean box for me to connect to with a regular client.

The processing can then be *anything*, and I run quite a lot of services this way. It's quite generic.

And written in AWK.



> And written in AWK

Good god, I can no longer trust your opinion on what is reasonable 😉

@mykd <grin>

AWK is good at some things, and I found it surprisingly capable. I also write in C, Python, fexl, and I've written in OCaml, Occam, Z80, 6502, ARM, Forth, sed, ed, BCPL, Fortran, Perl (ugh), Pascal, some that you won't of heard of, and others that don't exist any more..

Python is my "go to" for exploring, fexl is what I'm experimenting with for stretching my brain (and it's also surprisingly capable), but some things really are best done in AWK.

Please don't judge me.


@rysiek Oh!! I forgot bash!!

Yes, I've also coded in bash, but only really simple stuff. Also DOS, BASIC (three different flavours) and "other stuff".

My first language was BASIC, my second was Z80, and my first program over 100 lines was a BASIC->Z80 compiler. There's a lot to tell about that, but I'm not sure anyone would be interested. If they weren't there it won't mean much, and if they were they will already understand.

Oh, I also forgot MCPL.

Interesting times.


@ColinTheMathmo @mykd I've coded Bash behemoths (Bashemoths?) of thousands of lines of Bash.

I refuse to apologize for them.

@rysiek @mykd @Gargron wow! I had no idea about RSS for hashtags in Mastodon.nwhat a great feature

@gargron it's only REALLY Mastodon with Advanced interface and dark theme 😎

@Gargron thanks for sharing that! Time to dig around in preferences then 😁

@Gargron why isn't it the main interface anymore? It's so much better! LOL

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