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If you're on Mastodon, you can see complete lists of accounts or servers you've blocked by going to your profile page, clicking ︙ and selecting "Blocked users" or "Blocked domains".

You can unblock by clicking the open lock logo next to a name or domain 🔓

If you're on the Fediverse and you want to host code for libre software and other collaborative projects, you might want to check out @gitea:

gitea.io

It's free, open source and it's currently in process of adding Fediverse compatibility through ActivityPub, the same standard that Mastodon etc use to communicate with each other.

You can see some of the Gitea instances that already have experimental Fediverse connections listed at fedidb.org/software/gitea

If you're just looking for a Gitea instance to join, there's @codeberg at codeberg.org

To see the current state of federated forges, have a look at the @forgefriends blog post at forgefriends.org/blog/2022/06/

You can self-verify ownership of your website on your Mastodon profile using the "rel=me" HTML code found at Edit Profile > Verification, as described in the recent post at mstdn.social/@feditips/1087148

However, if your website contains more than one link to the same Mastodon account, these multiple links can confuse the verification process. (For example, if you have a link to your Masto account in your page's header and also in the page's body.)

If the verification doesn't work, try removing all of your site's links to your account except one with "rel=me" in it.

After the verification has happened, you can put the site back how it was, as the verification only happens at the moment you press "Save changes" on your Mastodon profile settings.

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Shout-out to the @PixelDroid folks. Every time I open an issue I get a same-day reply, and they always have the wholesome honesty vibe of "oops, yes that's true, thanks for telling us" or "hmm, that's not supposed to happen, let me look into it". Makes me wanna be a beta tester for even more Fedi apps.

#PixelDroid #PixelFed #FOSS #beta

@fdroidorg @apps

F-Droid also has some exclusive apps like @PixelDroid , an Android app for using PixelFed which is not available on Google Play.

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If you use Android, you can find lots of Fediverse-related apps and other free open source software on @fdroidorg, an alternative to Google Play which emphasises privacy and ethical software.

Also, some apps which cost money on Google Play are free of charge on F-Droid, such as Fedilab @apps. (This is because the app devs encourage people to use F-Droid.)

Due to Google's anti-competition roadblocks, it's slightly tricky to install F-Droid, but once it's installed it's very easy to use. It looks and works very much like a normal app store.

If you are comfortable using an APK file you can get it from F-Droid's website at f-droid.org

For less technical people, there's a step-by-step beginner's guide to installing F-Droid at:

switching.software/replace/goo

If you're browsing a very new account, it may appear to be empty even though they have already posted lots of stuff.

This is because most Fediverse servers don't "backfill" new profiles, i.e. if no one followed them at the time a post was made then their post will not be visible from other servers, even if people follow them later. Followers of new users will only see posts made after they follow them, and the oldest posts will remain invisible.

You can see all of a profile's public posts by clicking on the profile's avatar to open it on its home server.

You can also force any post to become visible from your server too by copying the post's public URL and pasting it into the search box on your server.

(If you think this is crazy, and you'd like Mastodon to automatically backfill posts when people follow an account, please give a thumbs up to the issue at github.com/mastodon/mastodon/i so that the developers realise you want this.)

Do you want to avoid seeing the same boosts again and again and again in Mastodon?

Then (if you're comfortable using Github) go to this issue and give it a thumbs up, to let the developers know you feel this way:

github.com/mastodon/mastodon/i

At the moment Mastodon is hardcoded to show boosts again if there have been just 40 other posts since the last time. This is way too low for many people, they may reach this limit very quickly, and it would (IMHO) make more sense to let users set it by time.

For example, it would be nice if users could say "Don't show the same boost again within 48 hours/7 days/Ever" (where the "Ever" option would prevent the same boost ever being visible again).

Poll has ended, and looks like overwhelming majority prefer this account to carry on boosting:

mstdn.social/@feditips/1087359

I don't want to be annoying 9% of followers though 😕

It is possible to hide my boosts on Mastodon by going to my profile, clicking "︙" and select "Hide boosts from FediTips". You'll still see my posts but not the boosts.

Also, as before, I'll generally only do one post a day, so hopefully my presence on your timeline is minimal.

Please do DM me if I'm doing something wrong, and I'll try to find a way to resolve it.

Can confirm it works 👍

I followed the hashtag "caturday", and just seen a "caturday" post appear in my home timeline from someone I don't follow.

So, it seems to show any public post with that tag that is visible to your server.

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Oh wow... looks like the hashtag following feature for Mastodon is already being tested on some servers!

If you're on mastodon.online (and I assume mastodon.social) you should see a hashtag following icon in the top right corner of hashtag searches.

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I'm not sure y'all grasp the enormity of the situation here...

Owncast's own @gabek is playing LIVE for us RIGHT NOW! One hour down, one to go.

Why not make today the day you tune in and see what we're all about?!?

jnktn.tv

And just to make clear, I tend to only write one post a day from each account to avoid clogging up people's timelines.

The boosts are of this one post a day.

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Just had a very strongly worded complaint about this account boosting its own posts to reach other time zones.

I'm really sorry to provoke this kind of feeling, I don't intend to annoy anyone.

I boost my own posts later so they can reach people in other timezones, as some parts of the world will be asleep when they first appeared.

Does this bother you? Should I stop doing this?

If you publish videos on PeerTube, it lets you organise them in two ways: your account and your channels.

An account shows everything that the person has uploaded all in one place. Channels are sub-divisions of the account, and show only some of the account's videos.

For example, the account @mrfunkedude has its videos subdivided into a cooking channel @baking, a short video channel @mrfunkedude_sfv and a philosophy channel @mrfunkedudes_place

HOWEVER... there's a catch 😮

On most Fediverse servers outside PeerTube the videos will appear to all come from the same account rather than any channels. The channels can be followed, but the videos will only show the account's name, not the channel's.

If you are using PeerTube channels to organise your videos, bear this in mind.

If you need to keep PeerTube videos completely separate, it may be better to use separate PeerTube accounts rather than relying on channels.

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@feditips Is there a Peertube desktop app that lets yiu download and watch videos from multiple instances?

If you're watching a PeerTube video, you can access subtitles (if it has any) by clicking the cog ⚙️ icon and selecting "subtitles/cc", then the language you want.

For example, this video has subtitles in 12 different languages:

tilvids.com/w/hRzMpJwSkqEK3ZTN

You may need to press play to get the cog icon to appear.

Subtitles are normally done manually and added as files by the person uploading the video.

PeerTube admins may also want to try an unofficial transcription plugin which adds automatically generated subtitles. More info about the plugin at:

gitlab.com/apps_education/peer

(I am not sure what the status of the plugin is though... Does anyone know if it is still being maintained?)

If you use Mastodon, you may have noticed there's an intermittent bug where a hashtag search sometimes produces a list of related suggestions but not the tag you searched for.

This effectively blocks you from searching for that tag, and also breaks other functions such as filtering tags in multi-column mode.

I reported this back in February, followed it up in May and then again today. You can let the developers know you want this issue fixed by giving it a thumbs up:

github.com/mastodon/mastodon/i

If you own a website and a Fediverse account, there are three ways to prove you're the owner of both...

▸ Easiest: Link to your Fedi account from the front page of your website, AND link to your website from your Fedi profile.

▸ Slightly trickier: If you are using Mastodon, go to Edit Profile > Verification, copy and paste the code into your website's page code, add your website address to your profile metadata, and click "Save Changes". Your website link will then appear green in your profile, and you'll have a link to your profile from your website.

▸ Difficult but coolest: Set up your own Fediverse server using a subdomain of your website. For example, the European Union's server is at social.network.europa.eu and their website is at europa.eu

If your website is well-known, these options will also (in effect) prove your identity on the Fediverse. This is the nearest there is to a verification system on here.

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Would you rather prefer an early app beta release at the expense of some missing features like DMs and Stories or would you rather wait for a feature complete release?

Feedback and shares are greatly appreciated! #pixelfedApp

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