Mastodon help required. I've got an account here on I'm interested in another instance,, which is about RPGs. What's the best way to get a sense of what's going on there, find a place in that community, etc? I can create a second account there, but doesn't Mastodon's nature mean I don't have to? I can browse their timeline (e.g., and follow individuals; is that the way to do it? Bit confused.

@sil if you want to switch you should switch, and then import who you follow.

Toot a message on here and let us know on your new account, alt post from new account and boost from here.

The importing follows help to get people to follow you back.


@maloki I could switch, but I don't really want to; I don't want to exclusively be over there. What I want is, basically, the "federated timeline" but for just some instances (this one and that one). Moving over there seems a bit badly thought-out.

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@sil or you could just dual wield accounts. 😅

@maloki I could, but I think that'd be hopelessly confusing :( For me and for others ("you're on Mastodon? what's your address?" "well, it's these ten different addresses depending on which things I write that you find interesting.")

@sil @maloki At the moment that's the best solution, until there is some form of common ID between instances.

@sil it's only going to be as complicated as you make it.

Your main will be your main and when they find it they'll probably find you linking alts, and they can choose if they prefer another.

@sil I don't think it will be that bad tbh. How many topics are you interested in that (1) you intend to write more than "from time to time", and (2) have a dedicated Masto instance?

In my case, it's just storytelling/RPGs, and the main one for everything else. As @maloki says, you typically have one that you consider you main account, so you give that one. In the custom fields for the profile you can add links to the other account(s).

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