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The mastodon stages:

1: getting used to the interface

2: discovering that most people are just people, engaged in everyday adventures, big & small

3: the allure of the notification sound

4: a gradual getting used to the fact that not everything is about US politics, and that it's okay to filter it out on a macro level

5: a quiet moment when you think "there can still be poetry in this world"

6: some sort of reconciliation with the quantum magic that is the federated timeline

7: pineapples

@sargoth 8: going back far enough to discover the oat meme and wondering if you've made a mistake

@007 regret transcends all interfaces and platforms

this oat not deter us

@forivall @007 bröther may I have some öats

...plus many more oats. oats whenever possible. which, as it turned out, was a lot

@sargoth That's kind of dead on. I actually like it here because it's less political.

@Jack 'tis a cozy thing, this
people getting together to not fight

@sargoth Yeah I'm literally coming here to get away from the constant political talk. It's important but it's taking up WAY TO MUCH brain space.

Here I just wanna joke around, make friends, and talk about silly shit.

@ErykDonovan it's important to rest & recharge every once in a while

the brain was not built to be in 100% serious talk mode all the time

@sargoth @ErykDonovan I've been feeling really low lately because I feel like people I knew are scattering across the platforms, I am going to migrate away from twitter completely into mastodon and discord. Just being here is making my head feel lighter.

@croxus @sargoth Discord has been really great too as a way to connect with my gaming friends. It is definitely hard though to keep track of so many.

@ErykDonovan @sargoth I have two servers on discord, one english and one norwegian to keep track of someone of my inner circle friends. I want to get more on there, but I'd prefer to join other's servers and not have to make my own and herd people there :p

@croxus yeah most of mine have been through connections with Destiny friends. Still they're pretty varied in make up so I still don't feel totally at ease haha. I think a smaller friend discord server sounds like a good idea though, I may look into that.

@ErykDonovan It is what my twitter used to be but without all the random people, which, I guess is why I like but hesitated to use Mastodon it had the random people but not my closest. So now I just have two platforms for it, which is fine if it means less DiscourseTM

@croxus @ErykDonovan how even did people stay in touch in the olden days, I will never understand

@sargoth @ErykDonovan MSN and obscure forums you stumbled over at 4 am. Oh you mean before the internet? Messages in bottles and petitions to the gods.

@croxus @sargoth I recall these things called letters? And phone numbers? 😆

@sargoth For me, it goes all downhill starting from 2: or 3:, no idea which.

Due to several radiation levels I often see myself, I'm on an eternal quest to take refuge on my own instance.

And if not Mastodon, then Pleroma, or even having to implement ActivityPub myself from scratch, from zero.

@sargoth I'm at stage 1, looking forward to stage 3

@sargoth I'm somewhere between 5 and 6 right now. I super don't understand the pineapples or the polar bear. I get that there's nothing to get, but I still don't get it.

@jakobpunkt @sargoth

then you are actually secretly at stage 7

you know you don't get it, and that is what's to get

we all don't get it, fren

it okay

I don't get it either*

* oat-ther

@sargoth @jakobpunkt

also, if you want to get streets ahead of the crowd on what not to get

start not getting sledbonk

and you'll see the return on your misunderstanding investment ^_^

@sargoth
also if some prefer a different interface, there is no reason to try to get used to mastodon.
One can just choose any plattform that is part of the fediverse

there is
#hubzilla
#gnusocial
#friendica
... and more

@sargoth
You forgot the part where a polycule just spontaneously coalesces around you

@sargoth 8. filter the pineapple emoji out using the filters

@sargoth @clhendricksbc Oh how the mighty have fallen. When I first returned, 🍍 was #1.

@sargoth the realisation that people here really are people and not bots pretending was nice...

@sargoth more boosts, you say?

w-well if you insist.... 😅

@sargoth Note that if you already know telefrançais you directly jump to stage 7 without asking questions

@sargoth #4 is a large part of why I joined up yesterday. You can't do anything on Twitter without finding someone retweeting politics.

@sargoth
8: realizing (7) was "pineapples," not "Philippines."

@sargoth You missed one. Getting overly excited and making an account on every instance that is even remotely connected to an interest or ideology that you may have.

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