Mastodon provides several tools for managing your timeline.
You can add notes to any profile. Why did you follow them? Are they a repeat offender? Remind yourself.
You can disable boosts on a per-user basis. Maybe you want to see a user's posts, but not everything that interests them.
You can temporarily mute an account while they get something out of their system.
You filter out posts with specific words, hashtags or phrases.
And when all else fails: block, unfollow, or mute indefinitely.
Look at these cute little Bronze Age baby bottles!! I love that parents were like "it's for the baby gotta give it little feets"
I'm pleased to note that even https://dolphin.town, my Mastodon server where the only letter you are allowed to post is "e", has seen increased activity in the last few days.
Experimenting with using base65536 to make public keys "tootable". Gonna try images next. Non-lossy formats like png should work fine.
If the data you're sending back and forth isn't p2p, and you actually don't want someone to read it, it's not encrypted unless you paste the garbled text yourself. Someone could show you the code, replace it with fake "encryption" for their server and you would think it was encrypted. Don't trust people to encrypt for you unless you can see it happening.
If you are worried about someone reading your DM's, there are almost no major websites where the owner can't. Either use Matrix to send e2e encrypted messages, or use gpg yourself. If you have git installed with git bash, you already have gpg installed.
https://pranabdas.github.io/linux/pgp/ for more information
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