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Pinafore.social, an alternative front end to Mastodon and others, has a far better reporting feature and doesn't try to Twitterfy everything. It also runs much faster too! #FediTips #MastoTips #Fediverse #TwitterMigration


A tip for my #blind #VisionImpaired and #VisuallyImpaired peeps, and anyone else who needs #ImageDescriptions / #AltText
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. :)
#accessibility
#A11Y
#Disability
#FediTips
#MastoTips
#tips


What's the difference between Favourites and Bookmarks on Mastodon?

✅ 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


#mastotips: Since there's no algorithm here curating posts, it's a good idea to turn on post notifications for any users from whom you don't want to miss a post. You can do so from their profile!

I've now turned on notifications for @nova because of course I did 🔔 🙌
A screenshot of @nova's profile


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Alt text as poetry is a fantastic resource for beginning and seasoned alt text writers. In addition, writing alt text improves your writing skills! https://alt-text-as-poetry.net/ #AltText #Accessibility #TwitterMigration #A11y #Mastodon #Fediverse #MastoTip #MastoTips #FediTips


Hey Dudley, when your Mastodon server rolls over to version 4.0, you'll be able to follow hashtags just like you follow people.

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!


I was told to “follow” #mastotips - but I can’t see how to do that in some way that is ongoing. Do they just mean to search for it over and over?


Howard, of course you can just ask and folks will be eager to get you up to speed 😃

But also check the #MastoTips hashtag, that seems to be the most active for such content that I've seen.


A very warm welcome to those of you migrating from Twitter, or those curious about the other side!

#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.

Have fun!


For those using the Tusky app, you can follow hashtags as a tab at the top of the app:

Account Preferences > Tabs > plus symbol > Hashtags

Then enter the tag without the hash symbol.

There's a limit of 5 tabs allowed at the top.

#MastoTips #Tusky


I've made what I think might be a really helpful short video for newcomers to the fediverse. Just a little hi and welcome, and to give just a little background on the place, how it works, but mostly the people, the instances, the memes, and dramas .

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


Are you using Mastodon through a computer?

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
Screenshot of the Mastodon advanced web interface with multiple columns showing different things all at once, and a fun cartoon of a Mastodon throwing a paper aeroplane off to one side.


🐘 Mastodon Tip ✨

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 ]


#MastoTips
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.


Favoriting a post does absolutely nothing to share the post. It's just a public bookmarking feature that notifies the other person you bookmarked something. To share the post, you can boost it instead. Favoriting a post lets others know you bookmarked something. Bookmarking a post is completely private and doesn't let users know you bookmarked it. #FediTips #MastoTips


Are you mentioned in a conversation that you don't want to take part in any more?

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


If you're using Mastodon, you can put your new posts under maximum privacy by doing both of these:

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


Do you want your posts to be seen by as many people as possible on here?

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".

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RSS fans!

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:

https://mstdn.social/@feditips

So, to follow FediTips through RSS, use this address:

https://mstdn.social/@feditips.rss

This will only show that account's public posts. Other posts will not be visible on the RSS feed.

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You can create your own Mastodon server even without technical knowledge 🐘

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).

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If you're currently on a massive server like mastodon.social, you might want to consider moving your account to a smaller server.

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.

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Profiles and posts on Mastodon and the Fediverse have public versions you can share with people who aren't on the Fediverse.

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.

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I've updated my Mastodon guide for readers and writers to include more links and more sources like the Trunk https://blindjournalist.wordpress.com/2022/05/01/mastodon-for-writers-and-readers/ # # # # # # # # # #


If you use a screenreader to access the internet, there's a guide to Mastodon written specifically for you at:

https://changeling.mx/MastoGuide

It's written by @changeling and you can support their work by donating to
https://changeling.mx/donation

(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.)

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As an alternative to FediTips, you might want to also check out @noelle's "Increasingly Less-Brief Guide to Mastodon":

https://github.com/joyeusenoelle/GuideToMastodon

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.

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There have been many reports lately that Facebook is blocking links to https://joinmastodon.org

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