hi I'm brian and I have written exactly one (1) #ttrpg thing, a set of 6 #troika backgrounds for unwinnable.com's April 2022 issue (https://unwinnable.com/2022/04/15/unwinnable-monthly-april-1872/) and posting this #introduction is a small victory over parts of my brain!
Mastodon provides several tools for managing your timeline.
You can add notes to any profile. Why did you follow them? Are they a repeat offender? Remind yourself.
You can disable boosts on a per-user basis. Maybe you want to see a user's posts, but not everything that interests them.
You can temporarily mute an account while they get something out of their system.
You filter out posts with specific words, hashtags or phrases.
And when all else fails: block, unfollow, or mute indefinitely.
One or two accounts regularly posting things that don't interest you is manageable, but the more you add, the easier it is to lose the signal in the noise. With no algorithm working to keep you addicted, it's easy to let your Home timeline get overrun. Follow freely, but also be ready to unfollow for basic quality of life reasons. The Federated timeline can be overwhelming, but your Home timeline shouldn't be. You have to tend it like a garden, and a little pruning goes a long way. #feditips
@abundance I was woken up by an on-call call this morning at 4am this morning but due to a system error I was never connected to the other person. It was on the hour so I opened up anonymous-animal.neocities.org thank you for this lovely poignant time.
Another tip: Every Mastodon account has RSS built in. Just add .rss to the end of the URL for your account, e.g. email@example.com
That lets people follow your public posts from an RSS reader, but it's also useful if you wanted to use IFTTT to crosspost your public posts to another platform.
On Mastodon and #hometown, you can turn off boosts in the Home timeline by clicking the settings button at the top of the timeline. Not helpful if you're trying to find new accounts to follow, but if you're like me and want a chill timeline, it helps.
You can also turn off boosts from individuals: go to their profile and click the three dots. This is useful if an individual is a bit spammy on the boosts.
(This works on the web interface, not necessarily third party phone apps.)
A few years ago I made this flow chart of which Mastodon posts end up in which timelines!
So, you can see how each instance will have a different local timeline, and even a slightly different federated timeline - and you can see why the federated timeline moves so much faster than the local one, too.
This is why it's important to boost good posts and use hashtags - the fediverse is fragmented and harder to search by nature.
Here are Mastodon apps with lots of accessibility features and fabulous screen reader support.
Pinafore: excellent keyboard support! https://pinafore.social/
Mercury for Mastodon https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mercury-for-mastodon/id1486749200
Admin for boisterous.community. Fabricator of small things. Sysadmin 9-5. Leftist. I will block anyone.
Hometown is adapted from Mastodon, a decentralized social network with no ads, no corporate surveillance, and ethical design.