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Mastodon

Instances

Here are some links to help you pick your instance (give you an idea of what behaviour is expected, if there are any subject specialisations, etc)

Instance Notes

dice.camp Tabletop games.
gamemaking.social My game-making related one.
mastodonti.co Italian. Not sure about the rules.
robloxcommunity.social Roblox!
social.chinwag.org Australian. Not sure about the rules.
ausglam.space Australian Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums, and records people.
castling.club Play chess over ActivityPub 👌
indigedon.com Indigenous peoples-focused

Applications

Clients

Web Browser

Brutaldon is a browser client designed to work with Lynx, so it foroges the JavaScripty stuff.

Android

For using multiple accounts I like Subway Tooter. It's open-source, but not on F-Droid. I think it's mostly by Japanese developers, so you should considering submitting translations if you notice any oddities. I've done it before via Github and it was easy if you're familiar with the web interface.

MastoLab is another popular, multi-account one (open-source and on F-Droid), but I had trouble using multiple accounts that shared a domain.

Tools

Admin

Blocklists

I don't actually use these, but they're a helpful resource none-the-less.

It's worth checking the #mastoAdmin tag for updates too.

Appearance

I keep a repo of the CSS changes I make to gm.s at: ryliejamesthomas/mastodon-custom.css-gms

This bozo made a handy list of CSS selectors and HTML elements they effect: Using Custom CSS with Mastodon. I don't approve of them personally though.

Bots

RSS

So far I've just setup a bot that posts once a day if a Youtube channel is updated. Wasn't too hard!

You can check it out at https://gamemaking.social/@classicsofgame

I used Feed2toot, which uses Python, and takes care of registering itself (bots/apps need to register to get an ID and stuff). Here're the steps I took.

  1. Make the bot account. Do this like you'd make any other account. Make sure you edit the account's profile so it gets labelled as a bot. Typically people will also say who owns the bot, how often it posts, and where they got their script from.
  2. Grab Feed2toot from gitlab and set it up following the instructions in the readme.
  3. FIXME

Mine's hosted on my namecheap shared server. To set it up there you:

  1. Go into cpanel and register a python app (just type 'python' in the search bar to find it). This creates a virtual environment and instructions on how to get into it, which you need to install modules with pip, as well as use a current version of Python. Make sure the app is using a current version of Python, so something like 3.6.
  2. SSH into your server and navigate to the directory you setup the app in.
  3. Copy the command from the python app page in cpanel to enter the virtual environment.
  4. Follow the instructions on the gitlab to set things up, starting from pip install feed2toot (whereever it says pip3 or python3 just drop the 3).
  5. You can also setup a cron job in cpanel. Dunno if this's right, but it works, mine uses three commands separated by && to switch into the virtual environment, change to the directory I want, then run the script pointing to the location of my .INI file.

※ If you want to host multiple bots with feed2toot, each bot will need its own install of it. This limitation may not exist with other Masto bot things.

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Trivia

  • Masto blue: #282c37

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tool/software/mastodon.txt · Last modified: 2019/07/14 09:28 by rjt