Bookmarking this site on a mobile device will make it work as a mobile app, without having to install anything! Instead of downloading an app from your phone's play store, when viewing the website in a browser on your phone, open up the Browser Settings and select "Send to Home". This will put an app icon on your home screen that is an app for this instance, fully contained, and taking up only a few KB on average. You'll get the same control you get as on a desktop or in an app, without the hassle.
There are also several apps available for mobile phones. Your millage may very.
Post Privacy 🔏
You can change the privacy settings of your posts with the small icon next to the CW and attachment icon. Remember that privacy on the Internet is never 100% and if you need a secure way to send a message, consider a service like ProtonMail, Signal, or Wire.
🌐Public: The globe icon makes your post public to everyone
🔓Unlisted: Anyone can see this but it is not displayed in the public local or federated timeline.
🔒Followers-only: Only people that follow your account can see this. If your account is not locked, anyone can follow you and see these posts.
📧Direct: This is a private or direct message to mentioned users only. It will not show up on timelines and cannot be boosted. It may also function as Drafting feature, so long as you do not mention anyone, you can delete and re-draft later with different privacy settings.
The post length is set to 500 characters at the moment.
You can create a 'Draft' post by setting the post privacy to Direct Message and not mentioning anyone. Come back and use the Delete and Re-Draft option later to change the privacy setting.
Content Warnings ⚠️
One of Mastodon's features is a Content Warning. This allows you to hide a post behind a message or warning, and allow others to decide if they want to read it or not. There is not federation wide setting for this, but some of the common agreed upon content that should be put behind a CW include: Politics, Mental health issues, general negative feelings, content that contains nudity or is NSFW, and drug or alcohol mentions.
Further, you can indicate what mood the content is behind a CW by adding a (+) for positive, (-) for negative, and (~) for neutral or indifferent.
Content warnings can also be used for things like delivering the punchline to a joke, or hiding movie or book spoilers for the latest blockbuster that just came out.
You can start meeting people by writing an introductory post(500 characters are a lot!) and adding the hashtags #Introduction and #introductions.
If you are coming from Twitter and want to be able to cross post, we recommend two things. First, connect to the mastodon bridge so your twitter/mastodon friends can find your account easily. Second, pick one of the popular cross posting services to send your content back and forth. We recommend Moa.Party or Donte.com.br Each have some slightly different settings and posting styles, read up on them to decide which is right for you.
You can find the user manual here and here is a list of useful 'getting started' articles.
Code of Conduct
All users of Toot Chat are expected to abide by this Code of Conduct. Failure to do so may result in your account being suspended.
Don't be an asshole
Admin's word is law.
We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to members of any race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, colour, immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, and mental and physical ability.
Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behavior and poor manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal attack.
Posts in violation of our Guidelines or ToS should be reported using the Report button on the post. A note as to why it was reported should be included. This applies for local and federated content.
Do not post content that is illegal in the United States.
Hate speech, slurs, derogatory remarks, and harassment will not be tolerated.
Jokes that are disparaging to groups or individuals, especially the marginalized or monitories, are hate speech.
Content Warnings should be included for the following topics:
Explicit content MUST be marked sensitive.
Mental Health: anxiety, depression, trauma,
Current Events: Politics, news, tragic events,
Drug Use: Cannabis, alcohol, smoking
Reposted content from external sources is expected adhere to and respect the use of Content Warnings.
Do Not Spam. Spam may be any content that includes but is not limited to constantly reposted identical messages, repeated nonsensical posts, excessive self promotion, or posts to content that benefits the poster without disclosure of this fact.
Promoting live streams, personal artwork, affiliate links, etc is acceptable provided it does not become excessive and that you benefit from any traffic or sales is made clear.
If you share large amounts of reposted content, news, or articles, you may be asked to share them as Unlisted.
Do not host bots on this instance.
If you are interested in making a bot account, please check out botsin.space