If you are new to Mastodon keep in mind that unlike other social media sites like birdland a little icon or emoji in the username means absolutely nothing.
☑️ ✅ and such are just tiny chunks of digital art. They have no additional meaning. Anyone can use them without going through any sort of process or verification. They do not indicate any sort of special status. It is just a nice decoration that people can use.
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!
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