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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.

Tip: if you’re using the new GNOME Console and Fish shell, you don’t have to wait until the GNOME folks have colour schemes implemented if you want to customise yours.

fisher install FabioAntunes/base16-fish-shell

Then, in your console, type base16<tab> to see the list of different colour schemes you can try.

#GNOME #console #fedora #silverblue #terminal

If you created your account a long time ago, you may be seeing Mastodon's advanced web interface (multiple columns). That interface has not been the default for years now. You can control which one you see from Preferences.

MyPaint is a Free and Open Source art software that focuses on distraction-free digital painting, with lots of keyboard shortcuts and a minimalist expanding canvas. It's great for sketching, but I've also seen some truly beautiful professional works done with it!

It's available for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X :D

Check it out, and please share your #MyPaintArt creations!


To everyone who's signed up recently or reactivated the account, please know that the very fact that you're _here_ is energizing & motivating -- to nurture and grow the web as a free, open, not-for-profit, people-owned space that's safe and inclusive for everyone.

Please stay a while.

There is no admin interface for reading DMs, I'd have to go write SQL.

This isn't really a thing that admins do, it's concern trolling from disingenuous people trying to make the fedi look worse.

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nothing is forever, your instance can go away at any time for any number of reasons

so go to Preferences -> Import and Export and periodically export your data (especially your follows) so in case your instance vanishes into a puff of smoke, you have some of the data you need to get started again on another instance

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For further context: the lack of all-encompassing search was a conscious decision to prevent the problems with keyword warriors and namesearchers Twitter has

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oh, here's a masto thing that might not be totally obvious: many instances have full-text search disabled. HOWEVER even when it's active, it'll only search through your own posts and ones you've interacted with and not through Everything.

Also, even when it's disabled, you can chuck someone's handle in there to get their profile - so if someone gives you their handle you can easily follow them this way!

On fediverse, remember that your admin has access to their instance database, and can read whatever you post, and whatever posts you can read, no matter what the access level is (and this includes DMs, of course). This is not significantly different to monolithic social media, except that the admin potentially has a smaller pool of people they can spy on, if they're so inclined. You should always share particularly sensitive information via end-to-end encrypted chat, no matter what platform you're using, fediverse or not.
#feditips #fedifacts

So you just arrived here from twitter and it's quiet. Real quiet. That's because there's no algorithm here designed to drive engagement(which equals profit).

Here, you are the algorithm. It's up to you to find and follow people that are interesting to you. You can also see who they follow and who else follows them, as you build it up, it gets more interesting.

Also, if you find people you don't like or entire instances you don't like, you can mute or block them. You are in control.

In light of recent news and an increased interest in alternatives, I've updated my Mastodon Quickstart Guide with the latest info on apps and such.

Mastodon isn't something you need to move wholesale to! Start migrating today!

Can't wait for the new arrivals to discover they can use their fedi account to follow video channels on @peertube instances, photo stories on @pixelfed instances, events on @mobilizon , musicians on @funkwhale , and @owncast streams.


As one of the main Mastodon developers, I can't promise you that Mastodon will be a complete and exact Twitter replacement for you, but it may fit your use-cases, at least it does for me.

Just keep in mind that it is not exactly the same thing, some core design decisions are different (there isn't an unique centrally-governed website, but many interconnected servers operated by different individuals and organizations) and thus the tradeoffs can be different as well.

While I personally don't think Mastodon should aim at being an exact replacement to Twitter, I do hope Mastodon can be useful to more people wanting an alternative to Twitter! And I know there are lots of room for improvement, on things we do know, and on things we don't.

Also keep in mind that Mastodon is developed by only two core developers payed through a non-profit funded through sponsorship, grants and donations, so please be patient!

Mastodon has adopted a lot of features designed for accessibility and/or mental health prevention, please make use of them.

That includes using the "Content Warning" field a lot for anything that could be sensitive, spoiler-y, or just to give a "topic" to your message.

Please write picture descriptions! They're used by screen readers but also in case the image fail to load for any reason. Here's how I thought about whether to cancel my in-person participation in @pycon: benefits, risks, and how much I could mitigate those risks.

Stuff you may not know: how to get 8 free antigen tests before you go, & how to get Paxlovid in SLC


"Oh these streaming radio stations are low bitrate and sound bad."

*proceeds to then put on a lofi chillhop station, where music often _intentionally_ sounds low-quality*

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The social network of the future: No ads, no corporate surveillance, ethical design, and decentralization! Own your data with Mastodon!