Since most people had to go through multiple steps to signup for this instance, I'm wondering how many here also support The Liturgist Patreon.

@zach I'm on patreon and slack. This still confuses me to no end. It's like I'm communicating with the void instead of people...

@Findsilence @zach Sorry it hasn't been a great experience so far! Is there any questions you had in particular? It takes a while to get used to the platform but it's pretty excellent once you get going.

@sandrockcstm @Findsilence @zach speaking for myself: it’s unnerving for me because it has the initial appearance of being a “closed” (or perhaps “unlisted”) community since you sign up at a particular instance, but somehow everything you write is not only accessible outside that community but indeed highly visible or discoverable. It feels like a slack or message board but is actually like Twitter.

@sandrockcstm @Findsilence @zach and as a software professional, I have a decent idea of how decentralized distributed systems work! I can’t imagine what it’s like for everyone so used to centralized services that they’ve never once even thought of them in terms of being centralized, because what would the conceivable alternative be?

@sandrockcstm @Findsilence @zach

I'm a patron, but the unofficial Slack community (in addition to the gathering I went to) seems to be the only way I have been actually able to really connect deeply with people. I've meet several IRL and it's been great.

This platform bothers me. I don't like its lack of privacy. Is Twitter public also? or can you set it to be friends only like Facebook?

Friends or followers only would be okay... maybe... but do I really want to do that again?

@amal @brettdh @Findsilence @zach This post may help to explain some of the privacy stuff:

Basically unless you specifically disable "boosting" by making it follower-only your statuses CAN be sent to other people on other instances.

Think of Mastodon less like a private forum and more like a decentralized Twitter which gives you more granularity over what you see and who gets to see what you've said.


@brettdh @Findsilence @zach

I'm not seeing a setting to change boosting settings. I still don't even know what boosting is.

Anyway, perhaps you just mean setting the post's privacy setting to followers only makes it so that it cannot be boosted?

@amal @brettdh @Findsilence @zach Yes, exactly. Boosting essentially means that you share it with your followers. Think of it like retweeting.

By making a post follower-only, it allows you to share with your followers, but does not allow them to share further.

You can change these settings by clicking the globe icon next to the camera when making a post.

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