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You can discover interesting accounts to follow on Mastodon and the rest of the Fediverse at:

➑️ @FediFollows

You can watch interesting videos from across the Fediverse at:

➑️ @FediVideos

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The "CW" icon on Mastodon stands for "Content Warning", and means people have to click on that post to see its contents.

Some people use it to hide potentially upsetting topics, such as politics or illness (politics is so common on CWs that many just write "pol").

CWs can be used for slightly lighter purposes too like spoiler warnings when talking about a film or book.

Whatever your reason is, you can write it in the warning that appears while the post is hidden.

The "CW" icon on Mastodon stands for "Content Warning", and means people have to click on that post to see its contents.

Some people use it to hide potentially upsetting topics, such as politics or illness (politics is so common on CWs that many just write "pol").

CWs can be used for slightly lighter purposes too like spoiler warnings when talking about a film or book.

Whatever your reason is, you can write it in the warning that appears while the post is hidden.

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Instance admin just lost their job, might need help 

Mstdn.social is one of the largest and nicest instances on the Fediverse, run by an enthusiastic admin called @stux

Unfortunately Stux has today found out that they are fired from their day job 😞

However, by happy coincidence, Stux had just set up a hosting company. If you need web hosting, domain names etc please consider using Stuxhost so that Stux can continue working:

stuxhost.com

If you are looking for a privacy-friendly alternative to Facebook Events, you might want to check out Mobilizon:

joinmobilizon.org/en

It's a free open source federated events platform, and is part of the Fediverse as it uses the ActivityPub protocol.

Because it's still new, it currently only federates between Mobilizon instances. You can't follow Mobilizon instances from Mastodon yet, however this is planned for the future.

Have you tried out the polls on Mastodon? It's the button between the πŸ“Ž and the 🌎 when you're posting a message.

You can set a voting period from 5 minutes to 7 days, with up to four options.

Have you been tagged in a conversation that you're not interested in, but you don't want to mute or block anyone?

You can mute just that conversation by going to one of the messages in the thread, clicking "..." and selecting "Mute Conversation".

If someone posts something that breaks your instance's rules, you can report them to your instance admin. The admin will then decide what action to take, such as a warning or a ban.

Click on the "..." underneath the message you want to report, select "Report", make sure at least one message is selected and click "Submit".

If they are from another instance, there's also an option to report the person to their own instance admin too, who can delete the account.

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There's a free open source PeerTube app called TubeLab.

It's available for Android phones from Google Play and F-Droid:

play.google.com/store/apps/det

f-droid.org/packages/app.fedil

The app has its own Fediverse account at @Tubelab@toot.fedilab.app

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You can follow PeerTube channels through the Fediverse from Mastodon accounts etc, but you can also subscribe via RSS instead if you prefer.

Go to the channel you want and click on Subscribe > Subscribe Via RSS, or click on the channel's RSS logo.

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PeerTube, the Fediverse's own alternative to YouTube, uses peer-to-peer technology to allow anyone to host their own video service without a data centre.

joinpeertube.org

It received a major update today which includes support for live streaming πŸŽ‰

You can run your own PeerTube instance without technical knowledge by using a managed hosting provider such as Spacebear: app.spacebear.ee

Looking for interesting conversations on the Fediverse?

βœ… The Fediverse has some favourite hashtags that get used regularly. Here are a few:

- People posting pictures of their good bois

& - Recommended follows

- Plants and flowers

& - People new to the Fediverse

- Artists on the Fediverse

& - Music tracks currently listened to

Post replies if you have more tags to recommend πŸ‘

Have you heard people on the Fediverse talk about instances, but not sure what they are?

βœ… Your instance is the site you signed up on, for example FediTips is on the instance mstdn.social. There are thousands of independent Fediverse instances, but they talk to each other through a process called federation. Together they have millions of users. Each instance has its own administrator and own rules.

Instances are also sometimes called servers or communities.

If someone says or does something hurtful on the Fediverse, you can control who you interact with by using blocks and mutes.

βœ… On Mastodon, click "..." underneath a person's message to mute or block them. Muting means you won't see them any more but they will still see you. Blocking means you won't see them and they won't see you.

You can also use "Block Domain" which blocks everyone who is on the same instance as the person you are blocking.

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Happy New Year! Here is a free, #creativecommons recording of S.S. Stewart's 1879 arrangement of Auld Lang Syne for 5-string #banjo, played on an 1896 Bay State banjo with #mellotron accompaniment.

magicians.bandcamp.com/track/a

#FediverseMusic @musicians #bandcamp #musiciansofmastodon #newrelease

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

βœ… 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.

Do you want to discuss something with the person who runs your Mastodon instance?

βœ… To contact your instance's administrator, click on "About this server" in the bottom left corner. This will bring up a page with the admin's Fediverse address and email address.

Each instance has its own admin, who has complete control over the instance. They are the people to talk to if there's a problem or if you have a question or suggestion.

Have you seen a cool emoji on someone's message, but you can't find it on your own emoji picker?

βœ… Your Mastodon instance admin can add custom emoji, contact your admin if you would like emoji added

Admins can copy emoji from other instances or create their own.

Here are some useful emoji hints for Mastodon admins: laurakalbag.com/custom-emoji-o

This is a tool for seeing each instance's custom emoji: emojos.in

Are you looking for more people to follow on Mastodon and the Fediverse?

βœ… @FediFollows posts handpicked interesting accounts to follow, while is an opt-in directory of Fediverse users looking for new followers.

FediFollows has a directory organised by topic at:
mastodon.online/@FediFollows/1

Trunk has a directory organised by topic at:
communitywiki.org/trunk

Have you ever accidentally boosted something or mistakenly unfollowed someone on Mastodon?

βœ… You can require confirmation of boosts, unfollows or deletions by going to Preferences > Appearance > Confirmation Dialogs and selecting which actions should require confirmation, then click "Save Changes".

Selecting confirmation for these means a dialogue box will appear every time you do these things, asking if you're sure you want to do them.

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