Mastodon provides several tools for managing your timeline.
You can add notes to any profile. Why did you follow them? Are they a repeat offender? Remind yourself.
You can disable boosts on a per-user basis. Maybe you want to see a user's posts, but not everything that interests them.
You can temporarily mute an account while they get something out of their system.
You filter out posts with specific words, hashtags or phrases.
And when all else fails: block, unfollow, or mute indefinitely.
OK, we've got some traditions here that may be very useful to all of our new arrivals. They are:
#followfriday where you recommend some of your favorite follows and why,
#caturday where you toot pictures of your cat on Saturday
#screenshotsunday where you toot a screen snapshot from your computer or phone. It can be anything but it is normally your desktop with a neofetch.
Let's have a good showing this weekend to help our new friends out.
I've run a big text adventure for thirteen years (at one point briefly it was the biggest text adventure!) and if there's one thing I've about managing a big online community in that time that I'd choose to pass on as a warning to others, it's this: remove the people who don't like being there.
Some folks just don't like the place, or they liked it once and they don't anymore, and that's fine.
You'd think they'd just go somewhere else, and most do, but some don't, and those folks are AWFUL.
Look, I'm a multifaceted person. Tech is a big part of my life, but I also like other things.
Never forget: most of us have been poisoned by a toxic educational system that teaches us systematically that failing at a task or not knowing a correct answer is shameful.
There is no inherent shame in failure, in not knowing, or in being wrong, and we shouldn't actively shame others for it.
Get back up, learn something new, and try again.
Even if it's just replying or starring an interesting looking post, it gives new fediversians a starting place to find someone with similar intersts to start their timeline, and some followers to browse.
Lets use this opportunity to grow the #Fediverse we love by helping to get people comfy here!
Hello, mastodon.technology !
I am Liberonscien! I'm a vegan transhumanist. My pronouns are she/her, they/them!
I write sci-fi stuff and science/social stuff/whatever!
I'm looking forward to meeting all of the lovely people here!
This Mastodon instance is for people interested in technology. Discussions aren't limited to technology, because tech folks shouldn't be limited to technology either!