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Anyone have a good explanation of Mastodon's federation, from a user perspective? Like how the different instances interact, how users go from instance to instance, that sort of thing



I am obviously biased but I think we have hands down one of the best servers on the fediverse. Drama is very rare here and when someone comes who does tend to start it they never last long. Amazing for an instance which doesnt limit the topics we are allowed to talk about and generally encourages free speech (hate speech not being free speech).

Its the first time I’ve ever seen a social media community actually work and get a long. I love it here.


A reminder for anyone new to mastodon who might not be happy with some of the racist and bad actors out there on other servers... Just import the fediblock list to your personal blocks and you will be safe from the vast majority of bad actors.

I took all the domains from block list and put it in a csv file that can be imported so you can block all hateful ...

The QOTO server gives you 65535 characters per toot, which makes around 36 standard printing pages :blobcatscared:

An #introduction to eLife's new Mastodon page!

We're an #OpenAccess not-for-profit journal that publishes and reviews #research in the life and biomedical sciences.

We want to improve the way research is practised and shared in part by working with early-career researchers #ECR and supporting #OpenSource technology.

We also just announced our new publishing model that we hope will tackle an overreliance on journal titles and publishing decisions as quality measures for science and scientists.

Old man yelling at the cloud about fediverse new entrants, ignore ... ;-) 


“the basic principles have mostly held up to now: the culture and technical systems were deliberately designed on principles of consent, agency, and community safety. Whilst there are definitely improvements that could be made to Mastodon in terms of moderation tools and more fine-grained control over posting, in general these are significantly superior to the Twitter experience. It’s hardly surprising that the sorts of people who have been targets for harrassment by fascist trolls for most of their lives built in protections against unwanted attention when they created a new social media toolchain. It is the very tools and settings that provide so much more agency to users that pundits claim make Mastodon “too complicated”.”


This is an important point of difference between a centralised corporate controlled social media that many are familiar with; they seem to have issues finding too complicated.

On the one hand, if they were to take it easily, post status updates, follow others, and step by step, the experience of fediverse for a newcomer would be a lot smoother. Instead, many people want to replicate their birdsite/twitter experience on and get frustrated.

Is where federated metaverse lives, experiencing the metaverse in the same way we are experiencing connected communication here.

It’s interesting that the biggest communication challenge facing Mastodon communities is explaining that it’s basically a protocol and a network of independent, interconnected servers, which is what the Web, e-mail, even DNS and most of the fundamental services we use on the internet are, and always were.
It just illustrates just how much ‘Big Tech’ proprietary social media platforms swallowed up and walled off, if it’s now difficult to explain what the internet actually is!

Feditips alert: how to find twitter friends here 

How do I find whom to follow?

Is a frequently asked question from people who are migrating from the birdsite, aka twitter.

is a fantastic app to find people:

  • People whom you followed on Twitter, many of them are on Mastodon as well (one or other servers or instances). Use this tool.
  • First connect your twitter handle or account name (it is safe to give them your twitter handle)
  • The tool then fetches which of the twitter accounts you followed are also on one or another mastodon instance
  • copy the accounts (in the form of @accountname@instance.tld
  • Paste it in the search box. You will see a plus sign next to the names and accounts that will be fetched. Click on the plus sign
  • You can follow the old twitter friend now
  • You can also see who among your followers on twitter are on one or another instances

Remember to buy @Luca lunch!

No physician who tries to put someone down for their disability should be held on a pedestal. Thank you to the good people of Pennsylvania.

Call for Carpentries instructors and trainers

Who is a instructor or trainer?
Let's put together a spreadsheet.
Please reply to this post and let's put together our group.

It’s funny, many of the “what you need to know about Mastodon” or “how to learn about the fediverse” pieces are focused on the technology and the implementation, when the hardest thing for people to understand about this context, if they’re used to traditional social media & tech, is that here we have an expectation of _consent_. Consent if you want to be included in a conversation, consent about being amplified, consent in the form of CWs on topics that you want to manage, etc. That’s it! 🎯

লে অফের আসল কারণ, কোনো শিল্পেই, ব্যবসা বাঁচানো নয়। লিখলেন প্রতীক #twitter #byjus

New #preprint from our lab:

kegg_pull: a Software Package for the RESTful Access and Pulling from The Kyoto Encyclopedia of Gene and Genomes

Staff scientist Eric Huckvale's first project has been to write a new #python 📦 to query KEGG's REST API (prelude to other work we want to do w/ KEGG data).

Other stuff we found didn't provide the options we wanted, so you all get to benefit too!

#bioinformatics #metabolomics

One really big tip: the search bar on your Mastodon dashboard can be used to pull in remote things. People do this for two use-cases:

You can copy and paste any URL to a post on the fediverse, and throw it into your search bar. Your server will pull it in and focus on it, so that you can interact with it.
Every user has what is called a “handle”, which looks a bit like an email address. The format is user@domain.tld. In my case, my handle is Every profile has this thing on it - you can throw that into your search bar, and it will pull up my profile. It’s a very easy way to follow people. In the few edge cases where it fails to load, you can pull in a post instead, then click on their avatar to load the profile manually.

STEM content authoring tools alert: possible ;tldr 

deepnote is my third favourite. Another great app, web based. Allows writing, and data analysis all at the same time. Think of it like Google Colab notebook, except it allows for Python, ‘rstats’ and ‘Julia’ codes to be woven and written up. Markdown content authoring. As with Curvenote and Rstudio, you can post your paper as a well formatted post.

For (LaTex), the best tool to write online is @overleaflatex
you can find Overleaf here
The best tool to write in (LaTeX)

What are your favourite tools?

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STEM content authoring tools alert: possible ;tldr 

Rstudio is the next one. Like Curvenote + Jupyter, it is a one stop shop where you can do your data analysis and write your paper and push your blog at the same time. Based on R, and works well for me.

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STEM content authoring tools alert: possible ;tldr 

Tools to write and analyse data science

Wanted to post a few tools I have found useful over the years to write papers and analyse data.

First up

A great tool that integrates jupyter notebook with markdown based text authoring, but more importantly, you can write dynamic text on the editor. It also has a built-in bibtex based reference management system. So, if you keep your analyses in jupyter notebooks, Curvenote offers a Chrome Extension that will enable you to ‘pull in’ version changes in your jupyter notebook into your content authoring space and will let you push your changes to jupyter notebook as well.
Great interface, free tool to host your paper plus if you want, you can push it as a mature webpage.

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Hate speech and harassment strictly forbidden.