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Hi, there. We want to pre-announce . It's an introductory page to Mastodon with instructions and tips to which we will shortly add a list of suggested instances.
We are still working on it and we still need to make some adjustments, so if you have any comments or suggestions, please let us know!

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Ciao. Vogliamo pre-annunciare Mastodon Startpage. Si tratta di una pagina introduttiva a Mastodon con istruzioni e spunti cui a breve aggiungeremo anche un elenco di istanze suggerite.
Ci stiamo ancora lavorando e serve ancora qualche aggiustamento, pertanto se avete osservazioni o suggerimenti, fate sapere!

rame.altervista.org/mastostart

@Ca_Gi @pongrebio ma in italiano non c'è? avete bisogno di aiuto per tradurre?

@bradypus_tridactylus É partito tutto dai consigli dati agli indiani ed abbiam mantenuto l'inglese. Una volta rifinito il tutto si, l'idea é tradurlo anche in italiano @pongrebio

@Ca_Gi
Che lavoro straordinario. La spiegazione è davvero chiara ma i grafi sono il salto di qualità.

@J Grazie mille 😊 @pongrebio ed io ci abbiam lavorato su abbastanza.

@ge_errr Grazie! Diverse cose vanno ancora sistemate e ancora cerchiamo di capire dove e come il testo possa essere migliorato. Ci vorrà ancora qualche tempo per la versione definitiva... @pongrebio

@Ca_Gi
Very good. Already recommended it to my friends

@Ca_Gi Gran bel lavoro. Sia come testi che come grafica. Complimenti!

@Ca_Gi

Add easy-to-see topics like: "#indigenous activism", "#climate", "#ecology", and " and link to their topic-focused counterparts, like indigedon.com and ecosteader.com. :global_warming: 🌏

@Ca_Gi

Thanks!

While the Fediverse will always have NSFW content, it's better for people to not have to see that if they don't go looking for it. The default timelines of the big instances filter nothing, which can be offputting for many users. We had to stop allowing federated toots on our public timeline because of that reason, so it's all local toots.

The downside, is that my instance doesn't have nearly as many users as it should, and i'm not sure why that is.

@indie I've just informed the people of my instance (which is an italian instance run by an anarchist group) about the existence of ecosteader and indigedon to help interaction 😉

About the link on the page: we are working on a list of suggested instances based on certain criteria (instances not too small and not too big, centered to a certain topic/community and with an antifascist policy).

We are still discussing about the Instance's description and how to organize the list.

In the next weeks we will work on it 👍

Excellent idea, @Ca_Gi

Maybe name it 'Getting Started with Fediverse'?

Consider #privacy-friendly instances that work over #Tor Privacy Browser (or Tor VPN)? (includes uploading #images/#videos. Perhaps warn people about #Cloudflare instances & #centralisation.

Also we suggest including #instances that have 1000 or more #characterLimits. The #characterLimit of 500 wastes users' time because we must remove characters or split posts when discussing topics in any detail.

@dsfgs Thanks for your suggestions.

We are working on a list of suggested instances. The main difficulty is that it's hard to find certain informations: on instances.social we can find some technical infos but regarding the instance's policy we have to check them one-by-one 😒

Our goal is to have a description box for every suggested instance, centered firstly on the instance community and policy and then also give some basic technical information.

Also we will exclude from our suggestions instances that permit hate content or instances that are too big or too new and small.

Cc: @pongrebio

@Ca_Gi
Yes, it's currently quite time consuming to audit an instance. You have done a great job with your page and we learnt a few things.

We are only new to the #Fediverse (or Mastodon), but based on what we've read, it really should be called the Fediverse and not Mastodon.

Fediverse is a portmanteau (or combination) of the words "Federated" and "Universe".

Is good that you won't list instances that are too big or small.

@pongrebio

@dsfgs Well, our page is actually meant as an introduction specific to Mastodon and still so requires a lot to do 😅. Trying to explain the entire Fediverse and his platform actually would be a little bit too much for us.

After some experience we have learnt that most of the new users feel more confortable with a 'slow' introduction to the Fediverse concept: users are searching for a S.N. replacement, not the Fediverse because they still doesn't understand it.

In my eyes it would be great to have in the future other 'startpages' for Peertube, Pixelfed, Friendica and Nextcloud to introduce those platforms to Youtube, Instagram, Facebook and Dropbox/iCloud users.

And all of that pages should include also an introduction to the Fediverse concept.

Most of the users appreciate >

@pongrebio

@dsfgs > the Fediverse concept only after they have learnt to manage the main platform they are using (Mastodon).

@pongrebio

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