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I feel like the tech instances are cool but I don't have much sense of community and the political instances are cool because people "get it" but often mildly insufferable, because I get it you know how to read political books

My main question is how do I find a healthy, motivating community to be a part of?

None of the online spaces other than facebook are places where I even feel like having conversations means anything or will go anywhere so when I do post it's just depressive pessimistic shit

Sure I should just go in the real world but I remember when I could message random people on the internet and make a friend.

Now I don't get that.

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To elaborate, I've noticed that browsing facebook and reddit stories, and sometimes even my own rss feed can become alienating and depressing. Then when I come to masto, sometimes I get the same thing.

However it's the only place people usually respond in a genuine way when I bring this subject up, so that's positive.

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@nergalur on here, it's all about the mod team. If you trust and like your mods, it much easier to trust and like the people on the instance. There are instances out there (usually some variety of queer) that treat their home tl like a little local chatroom. You just gotta find the places that aren't about one thing (shitposting, anarchy, technology) and find a space that set the intention of community building from the start.

@canary that makes sense. I've been contemplating searching around for a new instance, but finding one is a bit of a challenge.

@nergalur my personal favorites are here, and maybe you'll find something that fits if you go exploring on their public tls:
Weirder.earth
Ecosteader.com
Playvicious.social
Tenforward.social
Plush.city
Stardew.city
Beach.city
Toot.cat
Eldritch.cafe
These folks all blatantly advertise the desire to create healthy and supportive communities, and seem to follow through on the user end.

@nergalur I really like @canary answer and will second that you should view it kind of like picking who the hosts of a certain party you keep showing up to are. While it's meant for admins, I think @darius post about how to run a social network helps highlight useful things for users to consider, too. runyourown.social/

@emsenn @nergalur @darius oh my god, yet again i forget the amazing community of friend.camp!!

@canary going through the list and already i'm more intrigued by the convos than single issue instances

@canary @nergalur

Thank you, beautiful Canary.

The Ecosteader community is what I remember the Internet being like in the early 2000's, before it was overrun with American extroverts.

The concept of "localize ecological democracy" can be applied anywhere, quietly and gently.

@yaaps communities, tech, music, a revolution.

Lots of stuff lmao

@nergalur Convincing others that I've actually read books w/o pictures is my best scam yet.

@nergalur

It's tough to find an all-around good Mastodon community. This is where the "federation" part comes in. Just find an instance you like enough to be a part of and use it to connect to others from other instances based on your interests. DO NOT simply stay in the local feed or you will find only a limited number of interesting folks.

@ScottMortimer even in the federated feed I have a hard time finding engaging communities. Maybe I just need to follow the right people or maybe the feed format just doesn't really help you build relationships without other tools to facilitate that.

@nergalur

I look at what other people are boosting and whom they are following and use that as a basis for my interactions. Create an interesting toot, see who comments , boosts, or follows you and go from there.

@nergalur

I just followed you because you seem like an interesting, thoughtful person. Now we're connected. 😀

@nergalur The problem as I see with any social networks is that people have forgotten the difference between fact and opinion. On Mastodon it is much better than others.
Of course these are just my opinions and are not backed up by any facts at all. Lol!

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