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send me your fave kubuntu customizations! just did a fresh 22.04 install. Bonus points if you have a cute theme that is flat + light

Scully tries to disprove alien mutations. Mulder accuses a corrupt prosecutor of being an alien.

about to do my first "in-reach" event, chatting with colleagues at my library, and I'm pretty excited. it's about CoSAI, my current project about software preservation (specific to research code & software)

One thing I really miss from Better Tw**tD*ck is the ability to one-click clear a column's current contents.

"Have I already seen this?" is cognitive load I don't want.

Has anyone written a Javascript haxie to make this happen in Mastodon? Or is there a Mastodon client that does it?

Hey, if you are new here, and need a (temporary?) avatar, I updated my page with all my generators: cats, birds, fenestars and abstracts, have fun!


:mastodon: Mastodon tip: you can customize a column to list multiple hashtags (and block-list some of them too). It's a good way to discover all the posts gravitating around the topics you like (eg. for art, #mastoart is a popular one). That's really a feature I love here and wanted to share it to newcomers.

My biggest advice to both newcomers and old timers is DON'T RUSH IT. This migration wave is happening, everyone needs their own time to settle, understand, eventually remain. Fear of missing out (FOMO) is real and predates tech social networks by a few dozens of millennia, but here in the fediverse the system is not designed to exploit your FOMO for money.

the fediverse

15) Your ability to follow goes beyond mastodon into what we call the fediverse, many software that uses the same communication protocol.

16) In addition to microblogging there is services out there: pixelfed (photo sharing), peertube (video), funkwhale (music), writefreely (blog), there is even an addon that makes wordpress blogs into activitypub streams.

17) you can follow accounts from fediverse on mastodon too. no need for a separate account on these services!


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servers / federation continued

12) different servers will have different rules. read up on about before you decide to join.

13) Some servers will require approval or invitation. If you think it will be a good match for you don't hesitate to apply. many server admins (yes there are humans running each server) close off open invites to avoid spam. it doesn't mean they don't welcome new members.

14) your admins are volunteers and humans like you.

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instances / servers... what?

9) instances are servers hosted by different people. they are like small towns in the city. like you can commute to other towns from where you live, you can follow users from other servers on your account.

10) you can move from server to server as well (like moving a house). your social graph (following/follower) will come with you. posts unfortunately won't yet.

11) servers are like communities: general interest, topic based, location based.


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7) in addition to formatting your hashtags, add an image description to your media.

8) we use content warning to hide sensitive topics. we also use them to hide long posts and make question/answer type posts though. you'll notice CW of politics, common phobias and sometimes even fediverse related discussions like this (a lot of it happens) is also common. also different servers will have different rules


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algorithm (there is none)

3) your home timeline is not curated. this means favorite/boost counts of your posts (or the links on them doesn't matter)

4) boosts however carry posts, consider boosting.

5) more importantly consider engaging in meaningful dialogues with people. not fly by comments but engaging in discussions.

6) hashtags are your friend. (use camelCaseToMakeThemScreenReadable for blind users)

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because I have so many new users coming #mastodonTips #mastodon


1) in addition to a bio, consider also making an #introduction / #introduction post also check this tag to find people who are also new and their interests

2) is a wonderful place to find people who are active. it is human moderated. if you decide to stick around and have the bandwidth to do so, consider joining a list to welcome others as well.


anyone got a list of instances & their descriptions handy?

Welcome #BlindTwitter to Mastodon! Here's a handy screen reader friendly guide to Mastodon and the various features #Accessibility

HELLO! I used to be Vicky Steeves, then @remram44 and I got married, so now I'm Vicky Rampin, so I'm doing another

I'm a librarian focusing on research reproducibility + research data management.
I gave an interview about me/my work:

I love FOSS, open access, open educational resources, open EVERYTHING

I hate the corporate capture of scholarship

I also love my super cute black cat Little Boss

If I ever did an #introduction originally, it seems I deleted it, so here's another.

I'm the sysadmin & moderator of, a #librarian from Naarm/Melbourne, co-founded :newCardigan: newCardigan, created @ephemetoot (for periodically deleting your old toots) and @blogs (for sharing your GLAM blog with the world).

I mostly toot about GLAM, #PlantOfTheDay and what I ate for dinner.

Occassionally I toot about Australian politics, but I made @auspol_clippy to remind me not to.

The first thing anybody should do on Mastodon is create a tab for #mastocats

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