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Some general 'best practices' for new Masto users! :mastoart:

As our rules state, any art that's adult/NSFW/sexual/violent etc. in nature needs to be hidden behind a content warning (the 'CW' button beneath the toot window) or with the media marked as sensitive (you'll see this option after adding media to your toot). It's not enough to just hide the media, though - you have to say *why* it's content warned, otherwise users can't make an informed decision on whether to click or not.

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:mastoart:•ART will never serve you ads, track you, sell your data, or charge you to use our site. But there are still costs related to running one of the largest artistic communities on Mastodon, and we rely on the generous support of our users to keep the lights on.

If you have the means and inclination, you can support us in two ways:

:patreon: patreon.com/mastodonart

:liberapay: liberapay.com/Curator/

Otherwise, just keep on inspiring the :fediverse: with your amazing art! Thank you!

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I'm going to start a thread of quick for new users. Apologies for any hiccoughs, these toots aren't planned, so they may seem a little haphazard. :da_sweat:

First of all: Welcome to Mastodon! If you're coming from Twitter you'll find some things very similar. Mastodon is a microblogging platform for sharing thoughts, photos, music, video, etc.

Posts on Mastodon are affectionately called "toots". You can laugh, it's OK. We found it funny too when we first joined. :dali_persistance:

I guess I should make an introduction post, so...
Hello everybody, I'm Rozasin! I go by Alicia too, shortened to Ally sometimes. My pronouns are she/they and I'm an amateur musician and songwriter.
I'm not sure if I will meet many people here, but I hope I can meet at least a few.

my partner @Battologist has been playing an old hamtaro game, so I've been watching and doodling hams in the meantime

New artfrens have arrived! Say hi! :louis_toots_too:

@5percenter
@Zainax
@plush500
@colinmooredraws
@Achonartist
@ruisncollector

Welcome to .art - settle in, get cozy, have a look around, perhaps make an post if you haven't already, and yell if you have questions ^.^

:bob_ross: :frida_y_animalitos: :artshark: :dabart:

Heya! Figured I'd see if other places can be good art venues now that twitter is turning into an NFT shithole.
I'm Boog, I make comics and art for tabletop rpgs! Check out my work at www.inkandrubbish.com

‘Awakening’ by me.

I’m really not sure where I was going with this piece, but I quite like it :)

this has remained a favorite piece of mine since early 2020, but my toolset has improved since then, so I did an extra pass.

As well as CWing NSFW images, people also content warn things that could be triggering or cause anxiety - most commonly faces, especially if there's eye contact, but also anything related to phobias, like bugs or holes.

Be kind, be conscientious, be compassionate. If in doubt, add a content warning. Remember that you are interacting with a hugely diverse community. <3

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The Mastoverse at large has many blind and partially sighted users who would still love to engage with your creative content!

We strongly encourage use of image alt text to describe the images and videos you upload, and a lot of people won't boost ('retweet') content with no alt text.

After adding an image or video to your toot, you can click 'Edit' on the media to enter a description.

Media that doesn't have alt text will have a little blue dashed border around it in the feed.

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Some general 'best practices' for new Masto users! :mastoart:

As our rules state, any art that's adult/NSFW/sexual/violent etc. in nature needs to be hidden behind a content warning (the 'CW' button beneath the toot window) or with the media marked as sensitive (you'll see this option after adding media to your toot). It's not enough to just hide the media, though - you have to say *why* it's content warned, otherwise users can't make an informed decision on whether to click or not.

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NFTs are about money, not art. They do not serve the best interests of artists, and it's increasingly common to hear of artists who've had their art stolen by NFT sites. If you're thinking of getting into NFTs, *please* research thoroughly to avoid getting scammed.

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The general vibe of our creative userbase (and indeed, a large portion of the greater Mastoverse) is that NFTs are, at best, problematic - if you've chosen .art to share your NFTs, you may find yourself struggling to get an audience, and might get more engagement on an instance specifically related to NFTs/crypto.

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