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You can reply to a post without any image description with the "alt4me" hashtag and with post privacy set to public for best results, requesting that the community help out with a description for you! It's awesome!
Please don't over use this option, and make sure to thank those who help out!
And if any of you awesome fedi folks want to lend a hand with this, please feel free to follow that hashtag! It's super appreciated, especially with the influx of new users who aren't adding it them selves yet. :)
✅ Clicking on Favourite adds that post to your Favourite list, tells the post's author you've done so and adds 1 to the total favourites displayed under the post. Clicking on Bookmark just adds a post to your Bookmark list and does not tell the author or add to any totals.
Click on the Favourites and Bookmarks links on the right of the screen to see them all.
#MastoTips #FediTips #Mastodon #Favourites #Favorites #Bookmarks
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If you don't have that ability yet, you can use the web interface to add a column based on a hashtag.
Use your Search box, type the hashtag you want (such as #mastotips), then click the result.
In the resulting column, press the settings icon (looks like an old-school equalizer) and select "+pin"
Hope this helps!
#Hashtags are important here. There's no algorithm dictating what you see or when you see it. Finding who to follow or what topics to track is completely up to you.
Which is refreshing.
On our web view, we like to follow stuff like #Linux and #OpenSource. Use your search bar and look around!
To get a BUNCH of great tips on using Mastodon, follow #Mastotips.
Welcome to the fediverse, I hope this helps you find your feet a little! Once you're used to this place you'll never want to give it up #feditips #mastodev #mastotips #Linux #women
Do you wish there was a multi-column TweetDeck-style interface?
There is! It's called the "advanced web interface" and you can activate it any time you want. It lets you add many specialised columns, subscribe to hashtags and all kinds of stuff suited to large wide displays.
Log into the website, go to Preferences > Enable Advanced Web Interface, tick the box and click "Save Changes".
(To restore the default single column interface, do the same thing but untick the box instead.)
This used to be the default interface on Mastodon, and very old articles about the platform will have screenshots of the multicolumn interface.
#MastoTips #Mastodon #TweetDeck #FediTips #Interface
Mastodon doesn't always pull in up-to-date profile info.
If you see a blank avatar, or if you just want to make sure you're seeing someone's up-to-date profile info, do this:
1) Right-click on their avatar or username.
2) Choose "copy link address" or similar.
3) Click in the Mastodon search box and paste the link.
4) Press enter.
5) If there's a new avatar or display name, it will update when the profile appears in the search results.
[ #MastoTips #tootorial #Mastodon #MastoMeta ]
When you follow new people, take a moment to read their profile in full. As there might be useful hints about if they want follows, or if they want some kind of interaction or something else first.
And while you're at it, check if they have any pinned posts, as they can have additional important info there.
Thank you for your consideration.
On Mastodon, you can mute a conversation so that you don't receive notifications about it. (It only mutes that conversation, it doesn't mute any accounts.)
To do this, go to the conversation thread, find one of your own posts and click on the "...", then select "Mute conversation".
#MastoTips #Mastodon #FediTips
1. Log in through your server's website, go to Edit Profile > Require follow requests, save changes. This means only people you approve can follow you.
2. Set your posts' privacy to "Followers only" when you post them (the setting with the lock 🔒 logo). You can make "followers only" default by going to Preferences > Other > Posting Privacy > Followers only.
However, only do this if you are okay with greatly restricting your audience by default. These settings will completely prevent non-followers seeing your new posts (unless you manually select a more public privacy setting when you write them).
Non-followers will not be able to search for followers-only posts, or see them in shares.
Also, bear in mind this privacy setting only applies to your new posts. If you've already posted something as public, that old post will remain public.
#MastoTips #Mastodon #FediTips #Privacy
If so, it's important to use hashtags. Hashtag searches are the main way people find posts on the Fediverse. If a post doesn't have hashtags, people probably won't see it in search results.
Don't worry about using too many tags! As long as they are relevant, it is fine to have lots of tags. Many put a long list of them at the end of the post.
Also, if you are using tags, it's important to set the post's visibility to "Public" so that the post appears in search results.
On Mastodon you can set a post's visibility by clicking the visibility icon at the bottom of the post when you're writing it (the icon looks like a globe 🌐 , lock 🔒 or @ sign).
You can set your default post visibility by logging in through the website and going to Preferences > Other > Posting Privacy, select the default you want and click "Save Changes".
#FediTips #MastoTips #Fediverse #Mastodon #Visibility #Hashtags #Tags
You can follow any Mastodon account via RSS by just adding ".rss" to the end of the account's public profile URL.
To find a user's public profile URL, click on their profile image within Mastodon.
For example, if you click on FediTips' profile image you get this page in a new tab:
So, to follow FediTips through RSS, use this address:
This will only show that account's public posts. Other posts will not be visible on the RSS feed.
#RSS #MastoTips #FediTips #Mastodon
There are companies that provide Managed Hosting, where you pay a monthly fee and they do all the technical stuff including hosting, installation and updates.
You own and run the server, they do the tech stuff behind the scenes.
The best managed hosting companies for Mastodon are probably https://masto.host and https://federation.spacebear.ee
It's not just Mastodon either, there are lots of Fediverse platforms and other online services available through managed hosting. Try visiting https://growyourown.services for more options (or follow them at @homegrown).
#MastoTips #FediTips #Mastodon #Fediverse #ManagedHosting
You can keep your followers when you change servers, here's how to do it: https://mstdn.social/@feditips/107939441820299376
You can find reliable servers at https://joinmastodon.org/communities (all the servers listed there agree to the covenant at https://joinmastodon.org/covenant). Try to pick one with fewer people.
There are lots of good things about smaller servers:
-Better moderation, because there are more staff per member.
-Smaller servers tend to have more personality, with a village feel.
-The local timeline on smaller servers is much more readable.
-Smaller servers protect the Fediverse as a whole from being taken over, because lots of smaller servers are harder to buy than a few big servers.
-It's easier to make a difference on smaller servers. It's easier to discuss things with the admin and other members.
#FediTips #MastoTips #Fediverse #Mastodon
To see the public version of a profile, click on the profile picture. This will open the public version of the profile in a new tab.
To see the public version of a post, click on the datestamp below the post. This will open the public version of the post in a new tab.
These "public pages" are handy for sharing with friends, because they don't require logging in to see them.
Public pages are also very useful for something else:
If you paste the URL address of a public page into the search box on Mastodon, and then search for it, the post or profile will appear within your server. This is handy if you cannot find a post or person by searching, but you know they exist on another server.
Searching for a URL like this forces your server to "notice" the profile or post.
It also works with URLs from PeerTube, PixelFed etc.
#MastoTips #FediTips #Mastodon
Content warning: Tip on replying
Let's pretend I am replying to a thread with more than three recipiants. I want them to see the reply, too, but want to make it easier for others to read.
@mastodonuser@instance1 @mastodonuser@instance2 @mastodonuser@instance 3 that is a great idea!
It would be easier to read it if it were like this.
@mastodonuser@instance1 That is a great idea! I really like this toot a lot! @mastodonuser@instance2 @mastodonuser@instance 3
Same for hashtags. If hashtags are at the end, that makes Toots easier to read as well.
#FediTips #Fediverse #MastoTips #NewHere #Mastodon #Accessibility #A11y
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(For those who don't know, screenreaders are used mainly by blind and partially-sighted people to read aloud what is on the screen. It's important for websites to be accessible so they can be navigated by screenreaders.)
#MastoTips #FediTips #Mastodon #Fediverse #ScreenReaders #ScreenReader #Accessibility #A11y #Blindness #Blind
It's got slightly different takes on many issues, but hopefully seeing a different perspective will give you a fuller understanding of how Mastodon works.
#MastoTips #Mastodon #FediTips #Fediverse
If you are still on Facebook, please keep spreading the word about Mastodon and the Fediverse.
If https://joinmastodon.org doesn't work, try posting a link to a reliable instance people can join. There are so many instances, Facebook cannot block all of them from being mentioned.
That Facebook are even doing this implies the Fediverse is on their radar, which is quite an achievement in itself!
#FediTips #Fediverse #MastoTips #Mastodon #Facebook #DeleteFacebook #Alternatives