hi new users! this is a reminder that mastodon's culture is NOT the same as twitter's-- you're entering a community, not a void, and we're reading your posts and want to interact with you

please don't treat this place as "twitter but with a new ui." the influx has been overwhelming for some of us who've been around for a while, we're happy to see new faces but please be considerate of the people around you as you join this space. thank u

@cxli I want to do that but I'm not sure how! Any advice?

@hammerj ok this is geared toward how i like my social media, which is: slow, intentional, mostly replies and talking to friends. it's also geared toward when there aren't a flood of new users

i like checking the local timeline to see what people are up to without following them/seeing if i want to follow them at all, but it's Very noisy right now, at least for me


@hammerj you can change the privacy settings of your posts-- public posts go to the local timeline, unlisted/private go only to your followers. i only post public if i want to call attention to something or ask questions, unlisted/private for more informal stuff. it depends on what you're comfortable with though, i'm shy so i stick to unlisted/private most of the time

@hammerj in general if things get overwhelming, the mute, block, and filter functions are your friends. you can also turn off boosts for less posts on your home timeline on the web interface

i'd suggest taking it slow, right now theres a lot of activity and it's kinda overwhelming, heh. when it settles down i think it'll be a nicer place to get to know people, heh

i hope that helps?? lmk if you have more specific questions. welcome to scholarsoc please enjoy ur stay

@cxli @hammerj

Is this quite right?


The default option.

Anyone can see your post at the permalink without logging in.
Your post will appear in-app in the public timelines.
Your followers will receive the post in their home feeds, and anyone mentioned will receive the post in notifications.
Your post can be boosted into other home feeds.


@hammerj @cxli


Exactly the same as public, but with the following difference:

Your post will not appear in Mastodon's public timelines.


A more limited delivery option...

@cxli @hammerj

A more limited delivery option.

Seeing your post at the permalink requires being logged in on the same website as someone who follows you or was mentioned.
Your post will not appear in-app except to followers browsing your profile, and to anyone mentioned.
Your followers will receive the post in their home feeds, and anyone mentioned will receive the post in notifications.
Your post cannot be boosted, except by yourself."

@hammerj @cxli

I'm new at this, so am, by all means, very happy to be corrected!

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