If you're new to Mastodon, please visit -

or if you'd like to invite new people to Mastodon, please ask them to visit -

my Increasingly Less-Brief Guide to Mastodon, which (in addition to being a Hitchhiker's Guide reference) will tell you many things that are useful to know about Mastodon, and also some other things:

At this point, I couldn't not add "DON'T PANIC" to the top of the document.

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@noelle This is lovely and thank you for writing it so I'm gonna link straight to the document here and I'm gonna hashtag it with #newbietuesday because I'm trying to make that a thing

I hadn't even considered this:
"Why can't I search for a specific word or phrase?

It's an anti-harassment feature. Harassers often search for particular words or phrases (like "TERF" or "homophobic" or "white supremacy") in order to attack and dogpile people they disagree with. By limiting search to usernames and hashtags, Mastodon allows users to decide how they want their toots to show up in others' searches."


@noelle small edit suggestion: this still says that a toot can be 500 characters long, but it's 1000 now (or does it vary by instance?)

@ijyx @noelle m.s is at 500, any instance that has more than that has modded the code to do so.

@noelle what does "The Local and Federated timelines can turn into firehoses sometimes" mean?

@ijyx @noelle it's a metaphor for the high volume of posts some instances would have on those timelines. Here at w.e we have a local that is easy to read and catch up on, but our federated timeline updates every 2 seconds so you get bombarded with posts like you're getting sprayed with a firehose.

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