I'm seeing lots of confusion around the federation about instances. So I'm gonna try to sum it up. Show more
With email, we use one domain, but we can still communicate with people on other domains-- gmail users can talk to hotmail users. We can have multiple accounts too.
Instances work a little like that--but they also have a "local timeline" to show you what's happening on your instance, which gives each instance its own community.
Personal take, your mileage may vary:
If you are new to Mastodon, ignore the toots about checking out other instances.
Those posts are most useful to folks like me who've been on here a bit, are starting to find our feet, and are ready to explore Mastodon further.
A lot of folks, after they find their feet, switch to other instances, but FIND YOUR FEET FIRST.
"To help some of the newcomers make connections: name 5-7 things that interest you but aren't in your profile, as tags so they are searchable. Then boost this post or repeat its instructions so others know to do the same."
Rules for writing blog posts about potential problems:
Don't assume other people share your context
Don't underestimate people's ability to believe it can't happen to them.
Getting off Masto for now so I can focus on my writing. Great chatting with folks today, see you later!
Science fiction becomes reality Show more
Orbital KEWs (kinetic energy weapons for anyone who isn't a fan of milfic) officially exist.
Welcome to the future. God help us.
I've had it drilled into me for years that I need to look people in the eyes. But it's INTENSELY uncomfortable for me. So I instinctively look away and then the training kicks in and I look back. But you can't look people in both eyes at the same time, right? So what it looks like is me repeating switching which eye I'm looking at.
You wouldn't notice unless you were really close. But according to my nesting partner it's really distracting.
Anyone else do this? #actuallyautistic
Best response I've heard to the "but isn't polyamory bad for kids?!" BS:
"It takes a village to raise a child, because it takes just one of my kids to raze a village." (Andrew Weill on Quora)