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-- my Blog post yesterday on Pleroma as an Alternative to Mastodon was surprisingly well received.

I have received messages from various people, asking for recommendations of good Pleroma instances to join.

And i am working on it. Serious. As I write here, I am logged in and chatting with friends I just met, all in various Pleroma nodes, that responded to my post there, thanking the admin for the service.

I will prepare a detailed Blog post, with more suggestions and reasons, but for now, kudos and a mention are appropriate.

Highly Recommended -- FAB

Also known as the German instance with the impossible to remember name, which is *completely accurate*.

Thank you to @absturztaube

for FAB

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Don't like CATS or all those cat photos that some of us keep plastering all over the ?

Fear not, as Mastodon has built in FILTERS -- and all it takes is to configure one or more to get rid of pesky posts.

As a local moderator, I feel compelled to explain and share this with you - so you can hide all these pesky photos which I am particularly fond of, as are many, but maybe not everyone.

So, what to Do?

1. Click on the Gear icon, to visit the "Preferences" area of Mastodon.

2. Navigate down to the "Filters" menu item (see it on screenshot, on the left side).

3. And here you can configure *ANY filters you like*, based on a piece of Text to search for in fediverse posts.

To hide all the Cat maniac photos, I would suggest using something similar to the hash tags I normally use:

Enter that, or any other expression to search for in the proper line, see screenshot #1.

4. Hit the Save button and the filter will be saved and in effect from now on. See screenshot #2.

You have the options of "Delete" or "Edit" the filter later, if you change your mind, or if the poster changes their offending post routine.

** GREAT way to get rid of mindless Twitter reposts which some people hate -- I recommended that at another instance that had some Really BAD cases like that, and got many thanks from relieved users. 😜

Any questions, please ask.

Love Cats? Post some, boost some, thank you! 😺

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* Letter to a Japanese Friend, Winter Solstice *

Just now finished writing a letter to a good friend, a Japanese lady who is my penpal via the Slowly app.

My friend sent me a nice letter and described some local customs, including the one that explains the image in the post.

Now the story is on my blog:

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* Memories, a visit to the Archeology Museum *

It started this morning, the thread. And over short posts, someone told a story. Of a Greek man, who lived in antiquity, by the Mediterranean side; in a city whose name is still preserved, and today is written "Marseille".

This series of posts was interesting, liked it and went to the top to find the rest.

Enjoying his post, I remembered similar thoughts, of History, and how things worked, how small bits and pieces came to me as I visited an exposition, at the Archeological Museum, in Lisbon.

Now the story is on my blog:

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"The Web We Have to Save
The rich, diverse, free web that I loved — and spent years in an Iranian jail for — is dying.

Why is nobody stopping it?"

Amazing art on the post header. See the FULL SIZE image here, lots of detail:*DLI

"The Election that could break America"

Must-read, excellent in depth article at The Atlantic -- discussing the what ifs and the possible avenues for the current president to dispute a loss in the upcoming election. And refuse to yield to a loss.

There is a cohort of close observers of our presidential elections, scholars and lawyers and political strategists, who find themselves in the uneasy position of intelligence analysts in the months before 9/11. As November 3 approaches, their screens are blinking red, alight with warnings that the political system does not know how to absorb. They see the obvious signs that we all see, but they also know subtle things that most of us do not. Something dangerous has hove into view, and the nation is lurching into its path.

The danger is not merely that the 2020 election will bring discord. Those who fear something worse take turbulence and controversy for granted. The coronavirus pandemic, a reckless incumbent, a deluge of mail-in ballots, a vandalized Postal Service, a resurgent effort to suppress votes, and a trainload of lawsuits are bearing down on the nation’s creaky electoral machinery."

A Fediverse project with a strange name. I even have an account there, but can't recall the name.

It's similar to Reddit, and in my vague memory, something like Lamia, or similar ? (clearly not a catchy name)

Searches here did not unearth this, so asking fellow Humans if they know the Fediverse project by the bad name. 🧐

Thank you!! 😃

Location Changes – For Privacy or Any Reason

Our Internet Location is Important

So many reasons why. Some sites will not show you content, due to it. Others will carefully track you, even after you have long left. And mobile devices are even worse — if that's possible.

Real solutions can be had, usually for a cost. VPN services offer privacy, anonymity, and access to remote Geo-locations which could unlock some content.

But there are some applications that provide a simpler solution — without creating a real 'tunnel' between you and the remote server.

These work by allowing us to change the device's GPS coordinates readings. And while they will not encrypt or deliver traffic to a far away end point, they DO work for some games and apps. Many times at no cost to the user, so worth considering and testing.

That is the Topic of today's Blog

#rgxJournal #fediverse #vpn #gps

Location Changes – For Privacy or Any Reason
Our Internet Location is Important

So many reasons why. Some sites will not show you content, due to it. Others will carefully track you, even after you have long left. And mobile devices are even worse — if that's possible.

Real solutions can be had, usually for a cost. **VPN services** offer privacy, anonymity, and access to remote Geo-locations which could unlock some content.

But there are some applications that provide a simpler solution — *without creating a real 'tunnel' between you and the remote server*.

These work by allowing us to **change the device's GPS coordinates** readings. And while they *will not encrypt or deliver traffic to a far away end point*, they DO work for some games and apps. Many times **at no cost* to the user, so worth considering and testing.

That is the Topic of today's Blog --

Nicer OP at

Discourse Forums are still Broken.

404 -- accidentaly the best URL name for a 'Threads Missing' topic.

out of commission. ☠️

We are launching , a website for doing full text search on fediverse content.

This could be very useful for small instances users that are missing full text searches, just about anyone else who is looking for a blazing fast fediverse search engine.

We have a well behaved indexer that honors users' preference on opting out status indexing.

Please give it a try and let us know what you think.

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.

** Repost of one of my most popular Blog pages -- Following up with a Suggested Pleroma Instances one **

#Pleroma #Alternatives #NewUsers #Mastodon

@design_RG That's what makes me think to ask, you can still web search for information and get useful results from discussions that happened in forums years ago.

I miss it. Several message boards I hung around on got shuttered after social media took over as the dominant discussion medium and user traffic slowed down. I often feel like there still hasn't been a better solution for keeping a close-knit community and maintaining high-quality discourse like a good old-fashioned BB.


Muting a conversation, there's a control.

Except -- it doesn't work as expected. As shown by a recurring problem, undesired notifications showing up, and their dot menu controls show an UnMute Conversation.

Signifying, it's supposedly *Muted*, already.

But. Notifications keep coming. Argh.


What does a mask do? Blocks respiratory droplets coming from your mouth and throat.

Two simple demos:

First, I sneezed, sang, talked & coughed toward an agar culture plate with or without a mask. Bacteria colonies show where droplets landed. A mask blocks virtually all of them.


Why do we see Hawaiian prints in Extreme Right rallies and imagery ?

A great series of Tweets sent by professor Reece Jones and now collated into one post, on Discourse Forum here

Short excerpt :

With growing alarm, I've watched armed white men protesting around the US. But, as a Hawai'i resident, I've wondered specifically about the reoccurring presence of aloha shirts. Here is a THREAD explaining the odd and concerning story behind it 1/13

Having space for longer messages, forums allow an easier reading, compared to the short twitter posts.

I will think about ways to publish it here via Toots possibly too -- the only problem would be how to keep the images in-line, along with the posted text from the original.

Recommended reading!

#Bugalloo is their name for armed insurrection. Civil War 2 is another possible name.

With the polarization and tensions, plus the huge number of arms in civilian hands in the US, it could turn tragic and bloody very quickly.

#FediReporter recognizing a great source and spreading it.

Up your Game -- Take a MarkDown Tutorial

If you really want to learn and use it well, take the MarkDown Interactive Tutorial - A free, quick and enjoyable way to learn.

Highly Recommended - I have worked in Education for many years and it's the Best application of Tech to Learning that I have ever seen. That good!

🇬🇧 Available in English.
🇫🇷 Disponible en Français.
🇪🇸 Y también en Español!

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most instances run on the charisma of a few people on it. not always the admin, but often. at least they are the seed that the community can crystallize around

Getting Good Penpals, a Slowly Users Guide

This has been posted and recognized as a valuable resource at Reddit for maybe almost two months now.

After sitting in my Blog editor for almost 30 days, I decided to publish it -- in Two pages, with a final Part 3 coming soon dealing with the loaded question of "Adding friends via Slowly IDs".

See "Getting Good Penpals, a Slowly Users Guide - Part 1" here. This introductory part has background info, and continues on part 2.
See "Getting Good Penpals - 2. Three Ways to Go" for part 2.

Hope you enjoy reading this, a more detailed, illustrated and carefully written version of my original Reddit forum post.

#Slowly #penpals #friendship

Write.Freely Blogs -- showing an Excerpt :

I had asked, remembered seeing a mention to this a long time ago (when I was starting in WF, and there was so much to learn already).

There's a way to show an Excerpt -- just a stub, a small part of each post in your Blog, if the reader arrives there via its URL.

The Excerpt will show a small part of each page, and make it easier for a visitor to see what topics you have covered, before selecting which ones to read in full.

This is not the default display in the WF blogs, which will show Full Articles to a visitor. And if our pages are long, there's a lot of scrolling just to get an idea of what's covered in this particular blog.

Thanks to Ange at, my WF host, who sent me a link to the Writing Guide, I located the feature and how to do it.

Here's the paragraph in question :

Showing an excerpt

By default, your blog home page shows every post fully. However, you can choose to show an excerpt instead on any posts you want, creating a "Read more..." link at the end of the post that readers can click to get the full story.

To do this, simply insert <!--more--> where you'd like to split the post and end the excerpt. A great place for this is at the end of a paragraph.

And the result is a much more compact display on my own blog, now with about 70 pages almost.

Sharing this as I am certain that @globcoco and other writers might be interested and benefit.

#WriteFreely #Blog #writing #rgxJournal

Threaded Conversations -- a Viewer :

Last night I saw an interesting conversation in progress in the fediverse. While I was already involved in other talks, I kept notice and followed their posts, boosted one in particular as a personal bookmark and because it has an amazing feature highlighted.

I have taken a screenshot and posting it here -- but it's more than a graphical representation of the threads that branch out in normal conversations here (and sometimes can be rather baffling to many of us).

Colin has created a script that takes the fedi thread and produces an .svg like this one - "What is Tilde?"

Each post in the thread is shown, and it has a live link to the original - you can open it at the source if desired. Very nice work, and I thought it needed to be mentioned and shared.

So here it is -- thanks Colin and to the other participants.

And what is Tilde ? (subject of their conversation)

Tilde is the name of a collective of online unix shared system instances, and it's interesting - I started in the Net in the mid 90's, using a remote shell into, a similar organization, still alive and running now, 25 years later.

Learn more about the tilde movement at

we're a loose association of like-minded tilde communities. if you're interested in learning about *nix (linux, unix, bsd, etc) come check out our member tildes and sign up!

tildes are pubnixes in the spirit of, which was created in 2014 by paul ford.

member status in the tildeverse mainly involves some level of engagement or presence on irc; all other systems are independent.

#MicroBlogging is this. #FediReporter quick snap, maybe a full blog later?

#unix #shared #NewUsers #Welcome #IT #RetroComputing #Shell accounts are still a thing.

Mastodon - Extra Uses for Delete/Redraft ?

Mastodon's Delete/Redraft is a nice and simple tool that can be used for various reasons.
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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QOTO: Question Others to Teach Ourselves. A STEM-oriented instance.

No hate, No censorship. Be kind, be respectful

We federate with all servers: we don't block any servers.