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Mastodon - Extra Uses for Delete/Redraft ?

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Mastodon's Delete/Redraft is a nice and simple tool that can be used for various reasons.
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The simplest is when you realize there's some small typo, or the wrong image was attached to a post. With Delete/Redraft, a quick fix is possible without having to re-enter the text, or to copy it to Clipboard, before using a Delete, then a full new post (or new reply to whichever post it related to, if that was the case).

I find this to be one of the RARE cases when Mastodon offers me more functionality than my Pleroma account -- where Delete/Redraft is NOT available (more on this later in the article).

So let's see how we can use this feature in more elaborate ways? Some more Advanced Use Cases for this nice tool.

That is the Topic of today's Blog

#rgxJournal #Mastodon #Pleroma #UserTips

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Mastodon - Options for Moving an Account ?

"Take your information and do what you want with it."

That suggestive text sounds like Freedom of movement is granted and important, doesn't it? That is directly copied from Documents at JoinMastodon.org.

The truth is less rosy though. There are easy and reliable ways to :

Export the list of people you Follow.
Export lists of people you Mute (hiding their posts from your view)
Export lists of people and instances you Blocked (barring their content reaching you).

But, sadly -- your personal data, all the Toots you spent time in, the images and videos contained in them. Not easily accessible.

If an instance dies (and it does happen), it's all Lost. We need better. Facebook is now offering a wonderful User Data Export tool.

I love Writing, so this is Long Form prose. Lavishly illustrated, References and links included. A Web Magazine page I am proud of.

That is the Topic of today's Blog.

This post is dedicated to maique, a fellow user who also has looked into an account move.

#rgxJournal #FediReporter #Pleroma #Love #NewUsers #Mastodon #Alternatives

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Pleroma - Finding the Good Instances, part 2

As Requested; Recommended Instances Suggestions

I was pleasantly surprised by the interest generated by my Discover Pleroma. An alternative to Mastodon page. Various people contacted me, interested in trying out Pleroma, and asking for some recommended instances.

So this page is intended to provide :

some thoughts on why it is important, which instance you are in.
general tips on looking up information for any Pleroma instance.
and a list of recommended Pleroma instances for your consideration.

As usual, I love Writing, so this is Long Form prose. Lavishly illustrated, References and links included. A Web Magazine page I am proud of.

That is the Topic of today's Blog.

This post is dedicated to Puniko, who was so gentle and welcoming when I joined FAB -- fedi.absturztau.be

#rgxJournal #FediReporter #Pleroma #Love #NewUsers #Mastodon #Alternatives

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Fediverse - Cats Follow on Friday Suggestions

Furry Friday and Caturdays are great

And it's #FurryFriday but also #FF or #FollowFriday ... In fact, I am late in posting this, a pretty Blog version of my original Discourse Forum post. And now it's #Caturday even

So I thought -- why not post a neat Referral to our feline loving Fediverse accounts that are present in these hash tags ?

#cats #mastocats #catsofMastodon #meow #Kittens

That is the Topic of today's Blog

#rgxJournal

#BlackCats #Caturday
#Cats #MastoCats #CatsOfMastodon #Meow #dxp

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Todon.nl - Admin Reacts to Polite Inquiries.

Surprises on Fediverse always.

Like, this morning when I start visiting the various instances where I have accounts, friends, a presence.

I switch on my Pinafore client, which is really useful for someone like me. Easy to connect, one click instant switching.

Except, it shows 'Internet Request Failed - Showing offline content' when Todon.NL is the selected instance. A sign something is wrong, like the Net connection at our end being down, or even a remote server being offline for maintenance or other reason. That wasn't the case here though.

All the Details, plus an official Moving account announcement for my current, main personal account.

As usual, I love Writing, and this is Long Form prose. Lavishly illustrated, References and links included. A Web Magazine page I am proud of.

That is the Topic of today's Blog.

This post is dedicated to Niklas, @nipos, so was so gentle and welcoming when I joined Muensterladn.social.

#rgxJournal #FediReporter #GlitchSocial #love

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@admin

Hello, I wanted to let you know I will be writing a full Blog post, detailing my inquiring about an inter-instances issue, and the responses you offered.

I replied corteously, and do not understand the reasoning to find my personal account at Todon.nl Suspended (deleted is the proper word) this morning.

Too bad, but I now feel free to use the messages in my Journalism. I truly believe this was uncalled for and arbitrary.

A Blog page to follow with Full Disclosure of the whole issue.

Have a good day, sir/madam.

cc. : @anarchiv - which I admire as a writer and inspired some of my own posts.

#FediReporter Banned for asking Questions at a Supposedly Progressive instance.

#rgxJournal #mastoadmin #mastodon

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Pleroma - Finding the Good Instances, part 1

I was pleasantly surprised by the interest generated by my Discover Pleroma. An alternative to Mastodon page. Various people contacted me, interested in trying out Pleroma, and asking for some recommended instances.

Is it important, which instance you are in ?

Yes, I believe so. And wrote a blog page about that which is currently my most popular one -- Is it Important, which Instance you are in?

This will be Part 1, with detailed suggestions on finding and evaluating Instances, via Fediverse.network or Federation.info sites. I will walk thru the exact criteria I used on a personal search about 10 days ago, and the nice results found.

Part 2 will be separate to keep page size reasonable -- and will directly and clearly list Recommended Instances. Writing and posting it next!

As usual, I love Writing, and this is Long Form prose.

Lavishly illustrated, References and links included. A Web Magazine page I am proud of.

That is the Topic of today's Blog.

#rgxJournal #FediReporter #Pleroma #Love #NewUsers #Mastodon #Alternatives

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Memories - Starting in Computing, in the 70's

Programming, can be Fun or Frustrating

A recent conversation, which started naturally once I saw Klimi's post :

sigh.... Why code can't run without errors on the first go....

My response to this simple statement was a long reply, which I thoroughly enjoyed writing, and now forms the body of this page.

As usual, I love Writing, and this is Long Form prose. Lavishly illustrated, References and links included. A Web Magazine page I am proud of.

That is the Topic of today's Blog.

This post is dedicated to @absturztaube and the FAB community, so were so gentle and welcoming when I joined FAB yesterday.

#rgxJournal #FediReporter #Memories #IT #RetroComputing #Pleroma #Love

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Nomad is my Heart.

To love is sometimes to let go, respect someone's need to be out and observe, marvel at so much the world has to offer.

Sometimes people have a hard time accepting that, while part of a community, or in a closer relationship with someone, all humans have curiosity and it's rich to see and let it blossom.

I offer this post to my friend Coralie, we met very recently, and yet she has such a sensibility, that it saw deeply into my heart and soul.

Yesterday she surprised me, messaging privately and offering a comment that delighted me -- that she could perceive my inner nature so clearly.

It closely related to the theme of this page. A toot, written from the hip, not polished or edited but coming from inside, prose flowing. A response to the local system administrator, which sometimes shows concern about my wanderings all over the Fediverse.

This morning, she favourited and boosted it - which brought it into my notifications and a re-read confirms it's poetic, and should be published. To Coralie, I offer this.

Thanks, dear friend.

"One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes." -- Antoine de Saint Exupery

That is the Topic of today's Blog.

#rgxJournal #FediReporter #Nomad #Prose

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Discover Pleroma. An alternative to Mastodon.

I have a lot of curiosity for the different places and software we encounter on the Fediverse, if we are open minded and like to travel and see places.

I love Travel in the physical world, and similarly, am enchanted by roaming in cyberspace, through the many corners and alleys, express lanes and boulevards, parks, of the Fediverse.

Mastodon is not all there is, not even close. It is the largest part of the Fediverse, in terms of instances (servers) and registered users.

But there's more and that is a good thing.

Pleroma, have you met?

That is the Topic of today's Blog.

#rgxJournal #Pleroma #NewUsers #Guide

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Discovering Pleroma — An Alternative to Mastodon

@a1batross I am writing a blog post about Pleroma, and your instance here is highlighted.😋​

It’s on the Forum for now, but it’s basically finished; will have to resize images for the blog, but I like it.

Discourse Forum Article here

@globcoco take a look too. 😎​

#rgxJournal #Pleroma #Alternatives #NewUsers #Fediverse

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* The Fediverse reminds me so much of FidoNet *

New Year's day, and all is quiet in the land. :-)

Remembered a blog idea; a few days ago, we were chatting in the network. About a situation that reminded me a lot of the BBS world; where I started in computers, dial-up modems, and the network called FidoNet...

New Blog post, live at TeDomum rgx HQ

[ announcement reposting, originally made December 31, 2019 ]

** if you prefer, watch a video instead?

BBS, the Documentary, part 4 : Fidonet is here

#rgxJournal #Fidonet #RetroComputing #Tech #BBS #NewUsers #dxp

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Community Building and Leadership - Ideas

We are always looking for Talent.

A transcription of a Long Form Toot earlier this morning, fully composed on the fly, in my toot Editor at a Mastodon instance.

Lightly edited for Blog publishing, adding links and references only, content was ready. The views in the post are my own, I believe they reflect values which make instances vibrant and pleasant places to be in.

Staff at Qoto.org are always scouting for new Talent, and open to suggestions, comments.

Adding new Staff members is good for all communities -- it's a labour of love, we do it for the fun, the pleasure of seeing things growing up, a nice social climate growing.

I would like to invite any Active user at Qoto (or in the Fediverse at large, if you decided to join us) to consider if they would like to help.

That is the Topic of today's Blog.

#rgxJournal #Leadership

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Using Pinafore Client while connected to TOR network

In a post addressed to Nolan Lawson, Pinafore’s author, @Sphinx requested some help – he was having an error when trying to login to Qoto.org using his Pinafore client.

He posted a screenshot of the error message.

The error message seems to indicate an error storing data locally – on the user’s machine.

A new article on our Pinafore Discussions Forum at Qoto.org.

#Pinafore #Client #Fediverse #Mastodon #Tor #rgxJournal

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* Kudos to a fellow instance - Recommended *

Really nice server setup -- responsive, kick ass experience. Self Hosted so there's less costs to keep it going.

Server specs :

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 8- (16) @ 3.900GHz
HDD: 2TB in RAID configuration
RAM: 64 GB

Great software, Glitch-Social goodness plus Koyu's personal touches all over the place.

#Instance #Recommendation to koyu.space/about

#rgxJournal #FediReporter #KoyuJournal

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* Window 10 FREE upgrade for Windows 7 or 8 Registered users ! *

Microsoft is still allowing Windows 7 and 8.x users to upgrade their systems (which must be activated) for __*FREE*__ to a Windows 10 of the same family.

Someone running Windows 7 Home, Home Premium or Ultimate can go thru it, and have a legal and Activated Windows 10 Home digital license at the end. A Windows 7 or 8 Pro install will upgrade to a Windows 10 Professional, fully licensed.

I have done it, twice, in recent days. And it's EASY, anyone can do it.

On today's web magazine, live at : write.tedomum.net/rgx/win-10-f

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Some users in #Fediverse already know about how good and fast the Pinafore client is.

A web hosted, static site -- you load the site and login, it authorizes with your instance, which requests your permission.

Besides being Light and Fast, Pinafore is smooth running, has a lot of colour options, supports Multiple Instances with easy switching between one and the next. Couple clicks, you are into the other account, using it's colours, etc.

Better than one Pinafore ? Just two maybe?

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My thoughts on why the cramped 500 characters maximum Toot is a relic which Mastodon developers should consider revising. Or making easier to change, for the few instances that allow their users more modern space and limits.

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Geez...

I have encountered the hard core Twitter user mentality in some admins I have made this request to.

They were users there for years, are used to the short burst posting, which I as a Forum user find baffling, unattractive and a general pain in the butt, to be perfectly honest.

There was a time, in the older days, when twitter started and ran over SMS. The 140 character limit came from that, as people had voice and SMS access, not mobile data.

The cramped space, terseness resulting from it, I could understand in that situation. But we have left that long behind.

I usually don't feel attracted to responding to the very short one liners. To call that "micro blogging" is a weird distortion of what I consider blogging to be.

I do write long posts in mastodon, and much longer form in Blog posts; have a hell of a time to post an announcement in Twitter for those in their measly 240 chars.

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OP at my new Pleroma account, which thankfully doesn't have this Fossilized limit in place.

RT of : expired.mentality.rip/notice/9

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* When you discover your Instance is blocked. *

After creating a new blog post, I prepare text for announcing it. This is posted at my main instance, and later I visit other accounts, search for that Status URL, and boost it from there.

In one case, I could not find the status on that normal search. Odd. What is going on?

A search for my user profile at Qoto did not bring ANY results either. It dawned on me that something was amiss...

On today's web magazine, live at : write.tedomum.net/rgx/when-you

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* Is it Important, which Instance you are in ? *

Once again I had an enjoyable conversation, earlier today. Achso was there, and we continued a conversation from a day before. We discussed different things, and specially how choosing an instance to fit your needs and preferences is important.

My thoughts on the matter, and a detailed list of some instances I frequent.

On today's web magazine, live at : write.tedomum.net/rgx/is-it-im

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