Mastodon Tips 

When in doubt, always CW! It can be useful any time someone might have any reason for avoiding a post, whether it be for the latest discourse/drama, politics, traumatic or unpleasant news/events, long posts that clog up the feed, or for any of the usual CW suggestions of things like rape, guns, violence, etc.

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Confused by public, unlisted, private, and direct message settings? Check out this toot: dev.glitch.social/@cassolotl/9

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CW your selfies!

It can be really helpful for folks dealing with various kinds of body image issues. Some days, confident selfies may be inspiring! Other times, they can be a source of personal pain, reminding folks of how they feel about their body. By CWing your selfies, you let them decide what they need to do to take care of themself!

Mastodon Tips 

Reporting in mastodon is not like reporting on birdsite. Your report isn't reviewed by a faceless employee of a giant corporation. Instead, your post is reviewed by your local moderation team that you can directly talk to. Your report helps them be aware of the kinds of content appearing on timelines on your instance and enables them to improve the mastodon experience for your instance!

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Oh! Also! Boosting! If someone whose toots you can see boosts the toot of someone you normally can't see, you can see that toot!

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Posts on the federated timeline show up for a user under 2 conditions:
1) If someone else on your instance follows that user, their public posts will show up in your federated timeline! Think "Friends of friends".
2) If your instance is connected to a relay, all public posts from instances using that relay will show up in your federated timeline.

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What's that local timeline? It's is a list of all the public toots posted by users on your instance. For us here on beach.city, that means all the public posts from beach.city!

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Feeling like moving to a new instance? You can export all of your follower, mute, and block lists from your settings, and import them at your new instance! You can also export your entire history of toots and uploaded media. There's no easy way to recreate those in your new instance, but one may exist some day in the future!

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Need a little more help? Check out this guide to mastodon for some great tips and tricks! kevq.uk/getting-started-with-m

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When choosing to post unlisted, your posts can still be seen publicly on your profile, but are not sent out to the local and federated timelines of your and other instances. This is a great privacy setting to use when you don't mind who sees a post, but don't want everyone in the fediverse to read it right at that moment.

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It's actually a really good idea to setup accounts on multiple instances. Most instances are run by volunteers. Sometimes, various reasons cause them to need to shut down their instance. It's a great idea to always have other places to go to if that unfortunate circumstance comes to pass.

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Seeing bad posts in the Federated Timeline? Report it to your instance administrator so that they can act on it, remove it, or block it! Want more great content on there? Ask them to check out some other relays to consider joining!

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Public posts are sent to your instance's local timeline, as well as the Federated timelines of every user on every instance that has at least one user following you, or that belongs to a relay your instance belongs to. Public posts are a great way to meet new friends out in the world!

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Wondering why the big "Follow" button on someone's full sized profile page sometimes works and sometimes asks you for your username? It works when you are logged into the same instance as the person you're trying to follow, and follows them from that account. If you want to follow someone from a different account, log out of that other instance first!

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CWs are great for many things, including shortening long posts, hiding spoilers, and providing content warnings for sensitive content!

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You should know that if you forward the report to the other server's administrator, they are just another individual like us, and different admins have different values. Some allow harassment, for example. Be cautious when sending a report to another server, as admins may disagree with your report and wish to retaliate.

Luckily, reports to other servers are anonymized. They do not receive identifying information about who you are.

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When you report posts, your moderators receive that report. They can silence that individual or that entire instance. You can *also* forward those reports to the administrator of the other instance.

Report things if you have an inkling that your instance as a whole might want to do something about it to curate their space by blocking or silencing or otherwise reducing access to your instance.

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Privacy and Mastodon!

Remember, that anything you post to Mastodon, including private posts and DMs, is technically visible to the admins of your instance and the instances of people you tag in those posts.

It's not that there's an easy page to view the toots. Just that it's there for someone that wants to dig into the database enough to find them.

Be cautious not to share sensitive information!

Mastodon Tips 

If you're posting publicly accessible images, adding a few words to the image description would be really helpful for folks that use screen readers, even just 5-6 words! If you're out of spoons or don't know what to say, add a single dot so that they know you wanted to try, at least!

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If you're posting a really long thread of posts, it can be really helpful to post most of them as unlisted instead of public. That way the local and public timelines don't get overloaded with posts, but you and your followers still get to see them.

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Beach City

Beach City is our private beach-side sanctuary for close friends and awesome folks. We are various flavors of trans, queer, non-binary, polyamorous, disabled, furry, etc.