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In case this is relevant for other Mastodon newbys like myself: If you tend to spend all your time in the home timeline, you might be missing some great content, so do explore the local and federated timelines as well.

[Oregon Trail 1852]

Doctor: Any final words?

Man dying of dysentery: *coughing* I just hope that this gruesome experience isn’t made into a game for children to play.

@maxplanckgesellschaft
✅ All links on Mastodon count as 23 characters, no matter how long they really are

URLs can be as long as you want, they will never exceed 23 characters of your limit.

There is no need to use a link shortener!

#FediTips #MastoTips #LinkShortener #LinkShorteners #URLShortener #URLShorteners #CharacterLimits #Mastodon

Murder, She Wrote ran for 264 episodes, which means that lady who wrote about murder saw at least 264 murders over the course of TWELVE years, and you have to think, man, that's worse than most homicide cops see in the most fractured forsaken neighborhoods of the oldest cities, and I kind of want there to be a scene somewhere in a vault of Angela Lansbury, ravaged by PTSD and propped on a bar stacked with empties, inveighing against the cosmic worth of her species and slurring bitter regrets at a life's work of effectively being a janitor in an abattoir.

Not sure how long this has existed, but today I learned about a great Mac utility called Velja. The developer describes it as a "powerful browser picker". The way it works is you set Velja as your default browser. You then set up rules within Velja to let different browsers open different types of things. Say for example your default browser is Safari, and you want to open Google docs in Chrome, you can do that. The feature I love that's on by default is that if you click on a Zoom link in an email or something, it can open directly in Zoom without going through Safari first. You can find Velja for free in the Mac app store.

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This one was tricky.
520 5/6

⬜⬜🟨⬜⬜ (1 partial)
⬜🟨🟩⬜⬜ (1 partial, 1 perfect)
⬜⬜🟨🟨⬜ (2 partial)
🟩🟨🟩⬜🟨 (2 partial, 2 perfect)
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 (Wordle done on Line 5)

I recently posted about how I prefer to see positioned within content, as a user. That post has picked up some momentum, and my thanks to everyone that has shared, favourited and/or engaged with it via thoughtful discourse.

I'd like to highlight that screen reader users vary widely in their consumption habits and preferences, and my views are nothing but personal predilections. Regardless of the approach you take, you are expressing an interest in making your content as and as possible to an audience who experience the world differently to how you do. This is heartening and refreshing to many Mastodon newcomers, and extremely appreciated.

Accessibility is not a binary state, and you are not doing it "wrong" if you put your hashtags inline, or at the end, or both! There are many more impactful aspects to , like (also known as ), which are in abundance on Mastodon and a joy to read.

New! The Maccessibility Roundtable Podcast, Episode 247, Special Scorings. Featuring: @DHSDarcy, @dhsholly, Robert Carter, and Robin Christopherson.
This episode primarily deals with Mastodon. Hopefully we didn't get too much wrong, but if we did, please let me know.
maccessibility.net/2022/11/20/

“Then the spaceman took over the bird site so we all started tooting at the elephant place.”

“Oh…ok grandpa. Let’s get you back to bed.”

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519 4/6

⬜⬜⬜🟨🟩 (1 partial, 1 perfect)
⬜🟩⬜⬜🟩 (2 perfect)
⬜🟩🟩⬜🟩 (3 perfect)
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 (Wordle done on Line 4)

While many people have commented on how much better it is here on Mastodon than it is on the birdsite, you should be aware that minorities (LGBTQ+, BIPOC, Jews) have been the targets of abuse here.

Also, trolls have started to set up instances to attack scientists, for example: https://fediscience.org/@ct_bergstrom/109371920177171488.

Let's not kid ourselves; we are in a (relative) honeymoon period before the assholes show up. Yes, we have tools to deal with them (muting, blocking, even defederation), but we need to do more.

As long as the topic of image description has your attention, I'd like to try & reproduce on Mastodon something I & several other volunteers organized on Twitter. It’s 2 hashtags to assist with image description.

The first is #ALT4me — blind & visually impaired individuals can reply to an image that lacks ALT text with this tag, so that sighted volunteers can then reply with a description. The strength of crowdsourcing this is that each person adds unique details from their own perspective, that when combined, form a detailed & meaningful conception of the image. It also allows one person to give a quick triage description, & then others can fill in details as they see fit.

The 2nd is #ALT4you — if you come across an image that is particularly striking, or one that you believe will quickly become iconic & part of a shared visual imagery/memory, please describe that image & tag it with this tag. This is particularly important during unfolding news stories that quickly break & change, leaving behind indelible visual impressions, that then shape most peoples memory & consciousness of the event. Obviously, for the blind/VI, without a description, search images, no matter how important, remain perceptual and informational black holes.

Thank you all again for the outstanding image description I have encountered so consistently in my limited experience on Mastodon.

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Seeing a lot of differing opinions here, so might as well chime in. Personally I would prefer people put their hashtags throughout their posts, rather than a big bunch of them at the end.

Last #caturday, when I posted about all the wonderful people who were providing #AltText to their #cat #photos, I received questions about the best way to create descriptions. Here's a thread I promised. I hope it will be useful to all of you who are posting photos whether or not they're #cats related.

#accessibility #a11y #photo #photography #CatsOfMastodon #dogs #DogsOfMastodon #nature #NaturePhotography #birding #birds #blind #disabled #disability #cognitive #inclusion /1

HEY HEY FRENZ on mastodon.social! You may want to MOVE to a new instance, very soon.

Why? :sealion:

Mastodon is a bunch of islands that can talk to each other. The smaller and more spread out we are, the easier things are to moderate. Horizontal scaling FTW!

All of you who fled that one site 🐤 ended up at mastodon.social for likely a few reasons. It was obvious, it was big, and it's where you saw a bunch of folks going.

But it has a long history of being poorly moderated, which means a LOT of instances are silencing or blocking it. Which means you're on the big island that SEEMS like it's "where everyone is", but in fact, it's a giant island unto itself (momentarily trending toward turning into a post-bird-site echo chamber), and huge swaths of the Fediverse don't talk to it, or even see it.

If you want the quality of interaction (and moderation!) Mastodon is known for, move thy funky buns to a smaller instance of cool folks you enjoy. :blobcatrainbow:

#feditips #fediverse

In March of 2002, a 727 touched down at an Angolan airport. Its owners intended to use it to haul fuel to remote diamond mines. The business deal fell apart almost immediately. The 727 sat idle on the tarmac for months, mired in competing ownership claims and airport fees nobody ever bothered to pay.

On May 25, 2003, two men climbed aboard the 727 and stole it. Just straight-up taxied it onto a runway, ran up the engines, and took off into the sunset.

No one has ever established their motive. And neither they, nor the 727, have ever been seen again.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/air-space-magazine/the-727-that-vanished-2371187/

mastodon performance is going to be very bad today. for everyone, on every instance. please do not bother your admins about this. thank you, we love you, maybe take a nice lil walk outside in the crisp late autumn morning (or spring evening, whatever hemisphere) while you wait for your picture of your cat to upload. cheers.

One thing I'm confused about…Mastodon has likes, which I thought were called favorites. But it also has bookmarks. So, what's a bookmark, and what's it used for?

It’s going to get messy as we all discuss, argue and butt heads about rules, expectations, and norms as more of us newcomers show up.

But damn if it isn’t awesome that it’s happening in the open, between admins, developers, and users to make the community stronger. These things won’t be decided by shareholders or board members or executives behind closed doors to maximize profits or growth.

And that’s fucking awesome.

A few recommendations for life on Mastodon:

1) Follow anyone you think looks potentially interesting; you can always unfollow later, and they may lead you to new people via boosted posts.

2) Boost posts you think are worthy, so others can discover new content.

3) Don't obsess on replicating your Twitter follows on Mastodon; let it be its own experience, and grow it organically. Obvs follow anyone you miss from Twitter, but this isn't a 1:1 replacement; have fun, follow your instincts.

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A fun, happy little Mastodon/Hometown instance.