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Last year fellow user @stevelord started a thread, where he asked “Crustaceans of Mastodon, where are you?”. This initiated me to create my account, since when I’ve started to use and be quite a fan of Mastodon and the Fediverse in general (as anyone can see who follows my submissions).

So I’d like to re-state the question again, one year later, especially since we’ve grown a bit since then, to see who uses Mastodon, Pleroma, Peertube, etc., what you post (type of stuff, topics, … – makes it easier for people to find who they want to follow) and how to add you.

(In case you’re new to Mastodon, either take a look at it’s homepage or the general Wikipedia article.)

Edit: You’ll have to directly link to your profile instead of posting a @…@… address, since Lobsters’ markdown parser wants to interpret that as an Email address.

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    I used Mastodon for about six months … Then stopped, because that sort of social networking didn’t make me a happier or better person, regardless of platform or community.

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      You know I hear this a lot.

      My Twitter feed isn’t full of trolls, and neither is my Mastodon feed. I find and interact with people who want to have meaningful, interesting and civil discourse on a variety of topics.

      Sorry your experience was so different.

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        This is so true. Took me way too long to figure this out. Also, I never follow coworkers — it ruins the relationship for me to get inside their head that much.

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          That’s generally good advice. For me it depends. I can usually draw a bead on the maturity level of the people in question, and I follow the ones I trust.

          That may bite me in the posterior someday. Hasn’t yet.

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            I’m really glad I run my own mastodon instance. The major instances have massive block lists and I’ve found a lot of people on blocked instances to be really cool. There are other people who have mobbed me and they couldn’t even see counter arguments because they came from blocked instances; they were in an echo chamber.

            If you want to use Mastodon, I suggest you start your own instance (or you can PM me if you want an invite to mine).

            I’m at @djsumdog@hitchhiker.social

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            I think that Twitter, Mastodon, etc. can have ill effects even if you’re only following people you like and no one is harassing you. (And of course, it’s surprisingly difficult sometimes to realize that following a certain person is not bringing you joy and that you should stop following them.) Some people—myself included—get a little twinge of pleasure any time someone likes/favourites/boosts/retweets their stuff, and over time that can make posting feel a little bit like a slot machine. Some people are less prone to that, but for the rest of us it’s not a very healthy dynamic for a social network.

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              Except that, if you want to reduce it to the neuro-psych effects of interacting online, what’s so different about this venue? We crave upvotes and standing in the community.

              Admittedly unlike failbook there’s no giant MegaCorp using our data in immoral ways, but that’s the same for Mastodon as well.

              So, basically, I don’t see your point at all. Humans crave social approval. it’s how we’re wired. Companies like Failbook and Twitter leverage this in ways that end up being morally questionable (and in FB’s case just straight up evil) but when you take them out of the equation, your point falters IMO.

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                That’s a good point. Perhaps another part of it is that Twitter and Mastodon also encourage (both socially and through their UX design) short, tossed-off posts. Especially back when Twitter only gave you 140 characters, there wasn’t much room for any kind of nuance or subtlety; it was way easier to say something snappy that would garner you a bunch of likes than to engage in a conversation with any level of depth. Lobsters does show your karma up there in the corner, but it also encourages you to write long posts (that are displayed in threads!) and I think that’s an important part of building a discussion-oriented community.

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                  Ah, there’s the crux of it!

                  You cite “building a discussion oriented community”.

                  To my mind, things like Mastodon and Twitter for that matter aren’t that at all. They’re more like a crowded cocktail party where people get into a crowded room and chatter. Clumps form and topics are discussed, then disband as another hot topic of interest pulls people in a different direction.

                  I like gatherings like that. I feel like they have a lot of value and are a particular type of social inercourse I quite enjoy. If you don’t, that’s totally cool! Nobody says you have to :) But that doesn’t make them bad.

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                    Makes sense! And to each their own :) It’s unfortunate, of course, that so much of our public discourse has found itself shoehorned into a space designed for a more intimate cocktail party…

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                  I need to periodically take breaks from lobste.rs because the upvote game is getting me too worked up – don’t you?

                  That very rarely happens to me on mastodon, because I hide all notifications except mentions in order to actively prevent getting sucked into a popularity-contest mentality (and disable desktop/push notifications and notification sounds altogether). That’s not the default, but it’s explicitly supported by the settings (while doing the same on twitter as a non-bluecheck requires a browser extension).

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                    I don’t really get ‘worked up’ around the voting, but I do find myself investing more ego in it than I like.

                    Mostly this manifests when I feel like someone has flagged a comment unfairly :)

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                      I find that over here, I get fixated on checking whether or not posts I think are good are ‘doing well’ – primarily because that information is easily accessible / even visible when I’m not looking for it in some cases. It produces stress I don’t need in my life. If I had an extension that removed upvote counts & karma from lobste.rs posts entirely, I would use it.

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                Same here. I think of my twitter/mastodon feed as a kind of soup. I craft it into something enjoyable by being selective about the ingredients that go into it. https://mastodon.xyz/users/donpdonp/

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                To expand a little now that I’ve thought about it more… It wasn’t that I didn’t follow good people, as I certainly tried to. It was more that I couldn’t filter by topic, at least not well. This seems like the big difference between “social media”, where you follow people and have to bear whatever they feel like saying, and more “old-school” group communication like Usenet, fora, or their successor Reddit (or Lobste.rs). There’s people out there I really like and enjoy talking to, but I really don’t feel like wading through, say, their stories of Counterstrike triumph to get to the useful and wise things they have to say about software consulting.

                The number of people out there where I honestly want to listen to everything they say is quite small.

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                You can find me @GeoffWozniak@hackers.town and @GeoffWozniak@mastodon.club. I’m migrating to the hackers.town account for most things (Emacs, debugging, old tech books, some Canadian political things) and will use the mastodon.club one less since the site, although happily in Canada, tends to fail a lot and doesn’t get updated.

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                  I like hackers.town. One of the admins recently started using my guide to try to re-theme the site:

                  https://penguindreams.org/blog/using-custom-css-with-mastodon/

                  I think he posted it on User Styles. I was really happy to see someone use one of my tutorials.

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                  @stunder@mastodon.sdf.org I fricking love this platform! I didn’t even know other people from L was on there, i should have figured.

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                      I’m @julienxx@mastodon.sdf.org mostly posting about programming and gopher.

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                          @labrarian@mastodon.technology, is where you’ll find me.

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                            I’m mastodon.social/@yogthos

                            I mostly post about programming, tech, or humor

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                              I’m @yumaikas@mastodon.social. I tend to have a technical focus on Mastodon, especially things to do with stack based languages.

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                                very cool. Like Factor or other FORTHs?

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                                  Yep. And one of my own, called PISC

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                                    Neat! I sometimes wonder why stack based programming languages sort of got left behind by the main stream. Maybe the perception is that they were size / performance oriented and it’s not necessary in this era of 1TB onboard RAM caches in everything? :)

                                    I’ll never forget the first time I played with the FORTH interpreter in the Sun boot monitor.

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                                      I have some guesses. They forced everything to work like a stack for one. The highest-performance architectures didn’t. They had a mix of design styles. Even Intel/AMD build their stack operations on top of micro-architecture that’s more RISC-like. Math-heavy stuff was more about arrays and vectors, esp hardware acceleration. LISP, the most productive language, had different primitives (esp lists). The best languages for verification focused on expressions, whiles, and simple functions. Compilers finding SSA form, which is functional-like, to be beneficial might have had an effect.

                                      All kinds of ecosystems (aka bandwagons) were going in a different direction. Going in same direction gave their benefits. Especially, compiler optimizations for C, Moore’s Law with EDA tools, and high compatibility with mainstream software (integration benefits). The main promoter of stack-only architectures, Chuck Moore, abstained from using most of that to focus on his own style (eg 18-bit, not 16 or 32) running his own software stack on old nodes (his limited EDA) all built ground up. As in, you’d have to accept both stack processors and Moore’s preferences which gave up desirable things. People learning about it through him probably didn’t want that tradeoff. I mean, if you know Moore’s Law, why wouldn’t you want a supplier to run his Forth CPU’s through an optimized process at latest nodes? So, that was that with him continuing to do niche work, like energy-efficient embedded, using his methods. Mainly GreenArrays.

                                      However, people who learn and keep the advantages of his work combining them with modern ideas in interpreters, compilers, and EDA might achieve some great results. Who knows… I encourage that experimentation.

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                                        I think, more than anything, is that stack languages are so easy to start implementing that it’s easier to build your own than to use an existing one. If anything, it’s like the Lisp curse, but more so.

                                        Postfix-style is also a really alien syntax for most current programmers, and has just enough of a learning curve that most people file it under “probably not worth the time”.

                                        Also, many stack based languages make it easy to accidentally blow the stack, and otherwise tend towards being very fiddly.

                                        Still, there are quite a few, such as 8th, Factor and PostScript, that tread a different route. Overall, I think stack based languages are here to stay, but will stay niche pretty much indefinitely.

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                                  @vopo@mastodon.social

                                  I have some accounts on other instances but I mostly use mastodon.social. I mostly make dumb jokes.

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                                    I pretty just boost, but I’m at https://mastodon.technology/@amsross

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                                      acct:singpolyma@singpolyma.net

                                      Not followable on Mastodon yet, but most other fediverse and indieweb implementations work. Mastodon compatibility is hopefully coming in my 2019 rewrite.

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                                        That’s awesome to see someone implemented ActivityPub for their own site/blog. Does yours work with Pleroma? What specific challenges are there with Mastodon’s API?

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                                          It’s not ActivityPub, it’s OStatus, but yeah. I haven’t tested with Pleroma specifically, but I know it works with GNU Social and Friendica for sure. Mastodon has some little quirks, but in this case the biggest one is that they only support Atom feeds and my site intentionally used alternate formats to make sure that worked in implementations at the time. But at this point Mastodon is not planning to ever be full compatible with protocol specs, and having my site work there is probably more valuable than continuing to be weird on purpose.

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                                        I’m @mjn@icosahedron.website. I post some mix of tech/research stuff and miscellaneous my-daily-life sorts of stuff.

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                                          I toot at @diegovicente@mastodon.social, mainly about ML/Data Science and Emacs; and probably not as much about music as I should!

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                                            Recently moved to a Pleroma -> https://plaza.remolino.town/users/402

                                            Posting about programming in general (and some rants). Recently I’m posting about the process of developing a static site generator in Node.

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                                              @algernon@trunk.mad-scientist.club, posting about mechanical keyboards (mostly about their firmware side), parenting, daily life stuff, and whatever else I feel like.

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                                                I’m over at @devlaf@weirdgone.pro. I post infrequently, mostly about my projects/hobbies.

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                                                  @Wingy@fosstodon.org - Mostly FOSS stuff.

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                                                    I’m at SDF! cfenollosa@sdf.org.

                                                    I toot about BSD mostly. My Mastodon timeline is like 90% of BSD users.

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                                                      cfenollosa@sdf.org

                                                      Hey can you post a profile link? Doing a search on that nick doesn’t yield anything for me.

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                                                          Whoops, I missed a part of the domain

                                                          https://mastodon.sdf.org/@cfenollosa

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                                                        I am @qbit@bsd.network :D

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                                                          I am @tubbo@jawns.club

                                                          https://jawns.club/@tubbo

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                                                            I’m at https://toot.cafe/@nolan, mostly talking about web dev and OSS. I also created https://pinafore.social which is a web-based Mastodon client; I toot releases from https://mastodon.technology/@pinafore/

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                                                              Yay for the new thread! My address has changed since then. I ran my own instance at the time of the first post but the back-end ate itself after a version upgrade and nobody on the core dev team could figure out why so I gave up and now use somebody else’s :)

                                                              I’m over at https://cybre.space/@feoh

                                                              I post about open source, KDE, Marxism/Communism (Mostly engaging in pointed convos with people trying to get them to grok the ramifications of the philosophy and associated societal changes they’re agitating for :)

                                                              Also DevOps/Cloud-y things since that’s the space I work in.

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                                                                I’m mainly at @offby1@wandering.shop, having chosen that instance. I’ve got offby1 at mastodon.social, mastodon.technology, and mastodon.cloud as well, but those are mostly fallow.

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                                                                  Wait, you’re the other offby1, right? The one in perpetual combat with offby1 of Freenode?

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                                                                  @JordiGH@mathstodon.xyz

                                                                  We have LaTeX! So does https://scholar.social, and I think we’re the only ones right now.

                                                                  I deliberately try to avoid talking about too many computer nerds things because there needs to be more to life than that.

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                                                                    I’m @comzeradd@libretooth.gr, I’m also admin there. It’s a fresh Mastodon instance we setup recently.

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                                                                        I’m https://mastodon.social/@kosinus and toot low-volume about mostly technical stuff.

                                                                        Intent on moving from mastodon.social at some point, but choosing trust from a big list of random instances is not easy. Strategy is to follow some admins, see if anything clicks at some point. Admins are usually interesting people to follow any way.

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                                                                          I’m @fgaz@mastodon.social and @fgaz@pleroma.site. Still deciding which one to use the most, still mostly lurking anyway

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                                                                            I’m @Exagone313@share.elouworld.org, you can add me directly from this link.

                                                                            I run my own (private) instance of Mastodon since when it became really known, I don’t publish much and I prefer to republish toots or sometimes links. Obviously I see less activity than on Twitter (where I follow more accounts), but with the recent addition of relays, it seems to be better. But there are sane communities compared to Twitter, that’s why I keep both (Twitter for daily information, Mastodon for a “safe” space to talk).

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                                                                              I am at @pnathan@mastodon.social . Don’t talk much anymore, most of the people I’ve encountered are at different life stages & we don’t have a ton to offer each other.

                                                                              be interesting to meet some new people.

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                                                                                Me and some mates run and hang out on https://ilovela.in (Registrations are closed, we got hit with bot spam, heres an invite link: https://ilovela.in/invite/BusFTCYS )

                                                                                Its pretty shit and theres not many people on there, but its ours

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                                                                                  Hello, I’m https://mastodon.social/@tse (not tooting a lot)

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                                                                                    I’m on Mastodon https://mastodon.xyz/web/accounts/8213 but I’ve still had trouble finding likeminded people.

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                                                                                      Gave up on Twitter, switched over to my own self-hosted Mastodon instance, never looked back. Love it.

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                                                                                          I’m https://awoo.space/@nc

                                                                                          Planning on switching to a self hosted instance on my websites soon.

                                                                                          I mostly post about compilers and programming. I’m hoping to set up some kind of bot that pulls from Twitter, and posts my toots to it, so I can fully move to mastadon.

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                                                                                            I’m @freddyb@mstdn.io

                                                                                            Though I almost never toot :(

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                                                                                              I’m at @nikola@mi.pede.rs.

                                                                                              I just realized I toot about music a lot. Slightly less: computers, politics, random stuff. I’m a big fan of Mastodon!

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                                                                                                I just lurk here but I post regularly at https://mastodon.sdf.org/@seven1m. See you on the fediverse!

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                                                                                                      Hey Lobsters, like many others who are suffering from Twitter depression you can follow me @miah@mastodon.social

                                                                                                      I’d love more active engagement, right now I’m only following a few people and I feel like Mastodon has the same feeling as Twitter a few years ago did so I am enjoying it, but not interacting with it much. Hope to see you there =)

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                                                                                                          I mainly use social media for following sports and family. Neither are on mastodon.

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                                                                                                            I’m not sure it suits me. I’m more into discussing a concept or topic, rather than a rare interesting item in someone’s (often) random thought stream.

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                                                                                                              New lobster, been lurking a while. I’m @mdhughes@cybre.space

                                                                                                              About half is blog posts, mostly tech & RPG related, the rest is just chatter.

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                                                                                                                My main account is currently https://eldritch.cafe/@enkiv2 ; I still maintain alts/fallback accounts on niu.moe & mastodon.social because I’ve lost two accounts to catastrophic database crashes in the ~2 years I’ve been on the fediverse.

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                                                                                                                  You can find me at @scholar.social/@rahul (well trying to prefer that to twitter anyway)

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                                                                                                                    @zpojqwfejwfhiunz@hackers.town

                                                                                                                    I was having a Bad Time on the fediverse until I switched instances. Now it is much better. This is in stark contrast to the initial advice I received from many people who told me just to pick any ol’ instance.

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                                                                                                                      @rocx@mastodon.social will spew almost anything and everything. Mostly tech and music related, but definitely not limited to that.

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                                                                                                                        I am danso on the official instance: https://mastodon.social/@danso

                                                                                                                        I blurb whatever blurb I’m currently blurbing. That usually includes tech, humour, and Canada/USA politics.

                                                                                                                        I was already following many Lobsters users (possibly from last year’s thread) but I went through these comments and tried to follow all of you. :^)

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                                                                                                                          I’m robey@mastodon.technology and unsurprisingly I tend to talk about coding topics & retro computing.

                                                                                                                          btw I prefer to call it the “fediverse” (I didn’t make up that name) because many users are on pleroma or a server they wrote themselves

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                                                                                                                            btw I prefer to call it the “fediverse” (I didn’t make up that name) because many users are on pleroma or a server they wrote themselves

                                                                                                                            I do too, but since this thread was a re-make, I decided to re-use the title, but mention “fediverse” in the text.

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                                                                                                                            Calling the Fediverse “Mastodon” is like calling all email “Gmail” or worse, “Postfix”.