For those of you who missed the announcement from the @freemo account just wanted to reiterate it here.

In honor of our new Indian friends we added two new emoji to the server.

:india: :thiruvalluvar:

Also if anyone has any emoji they want added, even if its just for personal use (like a monogram of your name or a picture of your own face, anything) we can add it. Just send a 50kb or less PNG image to @freemo and it can be added.

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@Deepsealioness

You would be welcome here with open-arms should you ever want to join us.

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@Deepsealioness @freemo @QOTO So yeah, your toots do go away, yeah. You do manage to keep your following list. Your followers...well, I just deployed my own Mastodon instance and I'm trying to migrate my followers. Not working yet.

@rudimk

ou can migrate who you follow, but not who follows you. They have to choose to follow the new account, which is encouraged through the forwarding placed on your old account.

Usually what users do is they import the list of people they follow then just send an announcement to everyone to encourage you to refollow you at the new account.

@Deepsealioness @QOTO

@Deepsealioness

anyone who goes to your old account on M.S would be forwarded to your new account automatically (and it would say on your account that you moved to the new location).

You can also import all your followers to your new account. Old posts will remain under your old account but since the account links to your new one this may not be a big deal for you, since you can still access old posts.

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@Deepsealioness

To clarify, you can only import the people you follow. the people who follow you need to choose to follow the new account. But the forwarding on your old account helps to encourage them to do so.

@QOTO

@freemo @QOTO thanks I will think about it. If you can make this one emoji your instance will love you for it lol that is trolling a fascist

@Deepsealioness

Someone will need to convert it to a 50kb png first but if someone is interested in doing that then ill be happy to add it.

@QOTO

@freemo @Deepsealioness @QOTO there is a tool to dm all of your followers about your new account: migrannounce.tools.codl.fr/

You can also set your account as moved, so when people search the old one it will point to the new one.

@freemo @Deepsealioness @QOTO As far as mastodon.social goes, some instances and users silence it due to sometimes defective/very slow moderation (see @ArtistMarciaX's recent experience with trolls). It's generally better if we can spread out onto lots of small instances, as it makes moderation easier and makes sure it becomes less centralized (mastodon with everyone on one instance is just Twitter again - centralized! )

@freemo @Deepsealioness @QOTO @ArtistMarciaX there is a nice instance picker: instances.social . Make sure you choose one with acceptable moderation policies, a nice community, and one that you like

@freemo @Deepsealioness @QOTO @ArtistMarciaX also make sure to check which instances the instance blocks - for instance seems like qoto.org doesn't block any, which is be a problem for some people. There are often also focuses for instances: my one is for Libertarian Socialist politics, and QOTO is for STEM fields (according to the about page)

@restioson

We dont block instances usually but we do have rules in place for what would get an instance blocked, but so far we havent needed to use it.

We do silence a few instances and in those cases we have our reasoning and discussion public.

As a general rule we will federate with any instance that moderates against harassment (if a user is asked to be left alone the server rules ensure they will be).

@Deepsealioness @QOTO @ArtistMarciaX@playvicious.social

@freemo @Deepsealioness @QOTO what about Gab, which is the home of many nazis? Do you block that?

@restioson

No, but only because they have largely left us alone. None of our users have had to report gab because gab doesnt interact with our users very often.

We did have a harassment case once but once we discussed it with the moderators at GAB they decided to moderate the account and resolve the issue. As such we didnt have any grounds at the time to take further action as they honored our terms for federation by protecting our users against harassment.

To be honest given their track record I wasnt expecting that outcome. But since none of our users have reported gab or had any incident with them that wasnt resolved we havent yet needed to resort to a ban.

@Deepsealioness @QOTO

@restioson

I tend to agree, particularly because it means a higher moderator to user ratio so us mods can actually consider the human aspect behind our decisions.

Also it means smaller servers like will respond much quicker to trolls and spam accounts. That means we have a relatively clean local timeline with almost no ads and very little drama.

@Deepsealioness @QOTO @ArtistMarciaX@playvicious.social

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