Free advice to dudes and dude-presenting folks: don't follow-and-DM ladies and lady-presenting folks with yer zero-post account. You gotta make some public posts (yes, even if it feels like no one is listening to you yet) to show you're a real human being. Then you participate in a *public* conversation. Then maybe you can DM.
(j/k never DM)
Okay, searches on the user's url don't work but on the user@domain format do, whatevs. (Probably an encoding issue; I've run into double-encoding situations in this library before.)
But the follow command in the library doesn't work. Bah. Should just build a CSV to import instead. (I'm filtering all the inactive people/duplicates.)
Oh whoops copied a key twice instead of an id, fixed.
Searches all return blank though. 🤔
Okay, so if you search on the user the site should return its local database ID for it so, problem solved probably.
At least, assuming I can get authorization to work for weirder.earth.
No, wait, that's still ID-only. Yeah, that has to be ActivitySub, doesn't it. 😒
I mean... surely clients don't have to go the ActivitySub route for cross-site follows, right?
(suddenly feel like I'm in the Anakin-and-Padme meme)
*this* close to running my little transfer-follows utility except I can't find how to follow someone in the API directly and the (somewhat broken) Mastodon::Client Perl library only knows how to follow based on the numeric ID (which only works for following on your own instance because, uh, I think the library is old enough there was only the one...)
So I've been lurking on weirder.earth today and I think that's where I'm gonna make my new home. I haven't quite decided how I'm going to migrate the account (both follows/followers are full of cruft: abandoned accounts, abandoned instances, etc.) so I'm not posting from there yet (though I'll repost this so my account over there isn't empty).
At least the folk with the boar mascot are the Galtings and not the Boarings.
Criterion 3 also encompasses "large enough to have multiple moderators, ideally with or at least approaching around-the-clock moderation," since I've now had more than one case where a recommended instance had a problematic TL and either the single mod was overworked or AWOL.
Tangentially related: In my Masto client that I'm never gonna get around to writing, it will pop up an alert when the site owner has not posted in a configurable period of time.
*makes direct eye contact with jawns.club*
The problem with changing instances is that I have yet to find another instance that is
1) general purpose (nerd/tech is general enough for my purpose)
2) someplace I won't be the only woman visible on the local TL
3) large enough to have an active local TL
Maybe I should just scrap requirement 1 and meld this with my mastodon.art account, I dunno. It's not as though I've managed to maintain a straight Brand face over there or anything.
Current cold status: went most of the day without taking decongestants 🎉
Kid is now sick too :ohno:
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