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🧵 Si vous êtes inscrits sur les instances mastodon.social ou mastodon.online (que j'appellerai dans ce thread "S&O"), il va falloir qu'on parle, pour votre bien, avant que ça ne dérape.
Et si vous arrivez depuis peu sur Mastodon, je suis désolé pour ce qui suit (mais il y a une solution).

Voilà : votre instance se fait de plus en plus invisibiliser/bloquer par d'autres instances. Ce qui signifie que vous perdez progressivement accès à vos voisins.

Quoi ? Mais pourquoi ?

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If you setup a Mastodon instance recently, you may not be aware of this mailing list for Mastodon admins to exchange best practices and tips:

lists.ffdn.org/wws/info/mastod

There are many French admins there, but the list is English-speaking.

Cc @RGrunblatt @tedomum

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If you want to see Mastodon at its best, strongly recommend these options:

:android: Android - Use apps Tusky or Fedilab

:apple_inc: iPhone/iPad - Use apps Metatext or Toot!

💻 Computers - Log in through your server's website

Mastodon was designed for websites and third party apps. These are *still* the best ways to use Mastodon!

(Official app exists because new people were only looking for an official app in app stores, and giving up when they didn't find one. You don't need to use it!)

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It’s interesting that the biggest communication challenge facing Mastodon communities is explaining that it’s basically a protocol and a network of independent, interconnected servers, which is what the Web, e-mail, even DNS and most of the fundamental services we use on the internet are, and always were.
It just illustrates just how much ‘Big Tech’ proprietary social media platforms swallowed up and walled off, if it’s now difficult to explain what the internet actually is!

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Getting a bit offtopic, I think a lot of servers just sort of upgraded to 4.0 assuming it would be basically the same with new features, but 4.0 has actually a number of changes and feature *removals* admins might find to be a surprise. Pages no longer load without JavaScript, which means they don't load instantly; the multicolumn "instance at a glance" view for logged out users is gone; margins have been tweaked, (IMO) breaking Advanced mode; the logged-out front page is now totally different:

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Update: So the screenshot in that last post *was* what the URL I linked looked like last night. But apparently between then and this morning, brands.town updated to Mastodon 4.0. Before 4.0, the Mastodon front page linked a "/public" URL that showed a neat 3-column overview of local-timeline posts on this instance. As of 4.0 the 3-column view is gone completely, and the /public page is moved to a different URL, brands.town/public/local .

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A thing I have been very much enjoying the past few days is just periodically opening and reading brands.town/public

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Risks to Mastodon with increasing popularity 

Interesting comment on Hackernews regarding a possible scenario/long term risk should Mastodon threaten the corporate sphere of social media.

news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3

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On ne le répétera peut-être jamais assez mais, avant l'arrivée massive sur #Mastodonte, les images publiées avaient pour la plupart, une légende permettant aux personnes malvoyantes de profiter au mieux des Pouets.

Depuis une semaine, 80% des images dans ma TL n'en ont plus.

Donc pour l'accessibilité et l'inclusion de toutes et tous, merci de mettre une légende sur vos images, meme, etc. dans la mesure du possible. :love:

Sur Tusky, il faut choisir "Mettre une légende" sur l'image.

Merci !

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Hey folks!
After a lot of thought, I decided to remove the options to post RTs and quotes publicly. They can still be posted unlisted or followers-only.
The reason behind is that my original plan was to give admins a way to disable that for their instances, but I never had the time to work on that and so some instances have a lot of those on their local timeline.
If you were using "public" or "default visibility", it will now post as unlisted.

This does not affect regular toots.

-- @renatolond

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Wondering how to break down Mastodon silos? Here's how:

1. Create accounts on multiple instances, and watch their local timeline. Interested in art or astrophotography? There's an instance for that.

2. Have one instance you consider your "main" instance. Follow everyone you find interesting from other instances on that account.

3. Reply to people's toots. Yes, seriously. Mastodon is about connecting to people. Like someone's art? Tell them what you like about it. Someone has an insightful view? Tell them which parts resonated with you. It might make you feel vulnerable, but it's really good in the long run.

4. Cultivate who you follow. This means actively finding people who don't share your experiences, backgrounds, and identities. Following people who have diverse experiences will put more interesting people into your personal timeline, which gives you more interesting people to follow.

5. Actually post some toots. Use hashtags. Hashtags are the only parts of toots that are searchable. The text itself doesn't show up in search results.

#MastodonTips #newcomer

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Hey, do I know anyone who's recently used the Mastodon account migration tool to move from one account to another? I have a question about the process.

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@prehensile this does mean that for a post to appear on another instance, it must disappear from your instance. mastodon's innovation is sending the posts back and forth so fast that you don't notice they're gone

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I’ve been here for years and I’m an instance admin and I still don’t really know how the posts go from one website to another. I think it’s the same technology they use to send pokemon to a different game boy

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#feditip: go to https://{your mastodon server}/users/{any username}.rss to get an RSS feed for your RSS reader.

Level 2: go about your day without internet, then in the evening settle down at your Computer Desk with a nice cup of tea to RSS-digest the day's shitposts.

Level 3: Aggregates your RSS feeds into epub format. Load the output onto your 2000's e-ink e-reader via USB cable. Sit in an overstuffed armchair with a nearby lamp, say aloud "Ah, yes, today's internet" and sip your port.

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Every Mastodon explanation is like "It's very simple, your account is part of a kerflunk, and each kerflunk can talk to each other as part of a bumblurt. At the moment everyone you flurgle can see your bloops but only people IN your kerflunk can quark your nerps. Kinda like email."

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I saw someone confuse etymology and entomology, and it bugged me in a way I couldn't put into words.

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oc.todon.fr is a mostly French-speaking Mastodon instance with an active moderation. oc.todon.fr est une instance Mastodon principalement francophone et avec une modération active.