You can create your own Mastodon server even without technical knowledge 🐘
There are companies that provide Managed Hosting, where you pay a monthly fee and they do all the technical stuff including hosting, installation and updates.
You own and run the server, they do the tech stuff behind the scenes.
It's not just Mastodon either, there are lots of Fediverse platforms and other online services available through managed hosting. Try visiting https://growyourown.services for more options (or follow them at @homegrown).
If you're currently on a massive server like mastodon.social, you might want to consider moving your account to a smaller server.
You can keep your followers when you change servers, here's how to do it: https://mstdn.social/@feditips/107939441820299376
There are lots of good things about smaller servers:
-Better moderation, because there are more staff per member.
-Smaller servers tend to have more personality, with a village feel.
-The local timeline on smaller servers is much more readable.
-Smaller servers protect the Fediverse as a whole from being taken over, because lots of smaller servers are harder to buy than a few big servers.
-It's easier to make a difference on smaller servers. It's easier to discuss things with the admin and other members.
@pixelfed I've been planning on spinning up my own Pixelfed instance, but I've been holding off due to time constraints with other projects.
I'd 100% consider paying for a hosted instance to play with in the meantime.
Is there any interest in an official Pixelfed hosting service?
Pay as low as $5/month for your own instance with an export feature to easily migrate your data to your own server down the road if you choose.
This could help fund development and our other initiatives like https://fediverse.info!
Is there someone you follow on here and you enjoy their posts but you don't want to see their boosts?
Do you wish you could hide their boosts but still see their posts?
You can do this on Mastodon:
1. Log in through the website
2. Go to the profile of the person whose boosts you want to mute
3. Click "..."
4. Select "Hide boosts from..."
If you want to see their boosts again, just do the same thing but select "Show boosts from..."
So today I've been redirected to Twitter multiple times to read threads/stories and it made me realize 2 things:
1) I didn't have the urge to login so I'm proud of myself having self-control (while also forgetting to take my meds).
2) A lot of people have interesting things to share (i.e. stories, research articles, experiences, etc.) and it hurts a little to see them limit themselves to a social media platform with character limits. Threads are great, but I'd spend the time to read pages.
Write Freely is another type of server on the Fediverse
Its focus is entirely on long form text posts, so things like articles, essays, stories etc. It has a very minimalist interface which aims to be as distraction-free as possible, so that it's easier for readers to actually read.
You can follow Write Freely accounts from Mastodon etc because they are both on the Fediverse.
There are official apps at https://writefreely.org/apps
Only with time you'll be able to learn the ropes of the Fediverse. Because it may look like Twitter. But the lack of algorithms means you have to actively look for people to follow and talk to. There are very few gamified engagement carrots for you to crave here.
The things that make Twitter so much more "engaging" are the very same that make it a toxic hellhole.
When I started here in 2018, I felt I didn't need to commit to alternative social networks. That it was okay to do both Twitter and Mastodon and... Just see what happens.
But in never committing, I never made the painful step to unlearn toxic behavior that's fueled by the corporate "social" networks. I craved the drama, people spewing hate. Mastodon seemed boring.
To make the jump, you have to commit. Not wait.
@kennon I played Crusader on both runs.
And you are correct, I miscounted the Succubus as one of the 8.
@kennon Maybe a level cap per Depth or possibly add the boss encounter as a Feature to increase the chances if you've been there long enough to roll the same encounter multiple times. This way people won't just farm XP (either on purpose or on accident).
@kennon So attempt number 2 was the opposite experience. I just hit level 4 and still on Depth 1.
A Crusader with the first 2 advancements is a bit OP and can level up pretty quickly since 10 of the 16 enemies can be killed without taking damage at Depth 1 (excluding Features).
Also, the enemy spots for 15 and 17 are empty, unsure if that's by design.