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While I'm at it, I'm going to make one more thread of posts, and that's about how you can support :mastoart:•ART.

As many of you know, to accommodate our recent influx of new users I had to purchase a server upgrade to handle the extra weight.

Our instance is fully hosted and managed by @mastohost, who does such a fantastic job keeping us updated and running smoothly!

But it also costs money every month, and we rely on the support of our users to keep going.

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Mastodon.ART also has a Profile directory:

:mastoart: mastodon.art/explore

You can opt-in to add yourself to it in your Preferences page. Any hashtags in your profile will be used to help find you in the directory, too

Check it out, and consider adding yourself if you feel comfortable with it. It's a great way to find new folks to follow! :make_like_edmonia:

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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:

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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/MastoArt

:liberapay: liberapay.com/masto-art

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

To all our current and long-haul :mastoart:.ARTists and other Mastodonians, if you see a new user, do feel free to send them a friendly hello, a quick comment on their art, or a fave/boost/follow!

Remember how great it felt when people reached out to you when you first joined. :da_love: This is how we create and maintain a welcoming and supportive creative community. :da_w00t:

Take care, everyone! So much love! :make_like_edmonia:

A reminder that Mastodon has tools such as block, mute, and "Hide Boosts" to help you curate your experience, and we recommended you use them.

Is there someone who appears in your timelines often who you'd rather not see? Feel free to mute/block! A hashtag/topic that one person won't stop talking about? Filter it! A person who boosts way too much for your liking? Go to their profile, click the "…" button, and select "Hide boosts!"

Make this the social experience *you* want! :bear_hugs:

If you'd like some ideas of how to write an image description/alt text, you can refer to this handy guide: americananthro.org/ImageDescri

There are many other guides out there, too, if you do a quick internet search.

If anyone who regularly appreciates or relies on image descriptions want to reply with their own tips/tricks/links/resources, please do! I am by no means an expert on such things! :louis_toots_too:

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If you want to make an effort to include descriptions but keep forgetting, feel free to follow @PleaseCaption; it will send you a friendly DM whenever you forget to add a description, allowing you to Delete & Redraft before the post gets too many notes.

Adding a description helps a lot more people than just those who use screen readers, too! If you're able, please consider adapting it as a habit whenever you post.

Thank you! :mona_kiss:

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Mastodon also has the ability to add image descriptions to your media posts, and we highly recommend you add them whenever possible.

When you upload an image, simply click the "Edit" button to be able to change its crop and add a description. It doesn't have to be too detailed, even a single sentence to get the idea across is helpful.

This goes a long way to helping make our community more accessible to folks who use screen readers. :bowie_stardust:

A reminder that Mastodon has tools such as block, mute, and "Hide Boosts" to help you curate your experience, and we recommended you use them.

Is there someone who appears in your timelines often who you'd rather not see? Feel free to mute/block! A hashtag/topic that one person won't stop talking about? Filter it! A person who boosts way too much for your liking? Go to their profile, click the "…" button, and select "Hide boosts!"

Make this the social experience *you* want! :bear_hugs:

Oh also, feel free to check out the pinned posts on my profile if you want some beginner tips and other info about our instance.

Take care, everyone, and have fun! :mona_kiss:

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I just wanted to say a quick hello and welcome to our new :mastoart:.ART-ists! :bob_ross:

Let me or your mods know if you have any questions or need any help getting settled. We're here for you! :bowie_stardust:

Don't be afraid to post an post so we can get to know you better! (Also be sure you've read our ToS/CoC so you know what to expect from us: mastodon.art/about/more )

Thank you for being here with us! We're so excited to get to know you. :make_like_edmonia:

To all our current and long-haul :mastoart:.ARTists and other Mastodonians, if you see a new user, do feel free to send them a friendly hello, a quick comment on their art, or a fave/boost/follow!

Remember how great it felt when people reached out to you when you first joined. :da_love: This is how we create and maintain a welcoming and supportive creative community. :da_w00t:

Take care, everyone! So much love! :make_like_edmonia:

While I'm at it, I'm going to make one more thread of posts, and that's about how you can support :mastoart:•ART.

As many of you know, to accommodate our recent influx of new users I had to purchase a server upgrade to handle the extra weight.

Our instance is fully hosted and managed by @mastohost, who does such a fantastic job keeping us updated and running smoothly!

But it also costs money every month, and we rely on the support of our users to keep going.

Mastodon.ART also has a Profile directory:

:mastoart: mastodon.art/explore

You can opt-in to add yourself to it in your Preferences page. Any hashtags in your profile will be used to help find you in the directory, too

Check it out, and consider adding yourself if you feel comfortable with it. It's a great way to find new folks to follow! :make_like_edmonia:

Oh also, feel free to check out the pinned posts on my profile if you want some beginner tips and other info about our instance.

Take care, everyone, and have fun! :mona_kiss:

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I just wanted to say a quick hello and welcome to our new :mastoart:.ART-ists! :bob_ross:

Let me or your mods know if you have any questions or need any help getting settled. We're here for you! :bowie_stardust:

Don't be afraid to post an post so we can get to know you better! (Also be sure you've read our ToS/CoC so you know what to expect from us: mastodon.art/about/more )

Thank you for being here with us! We're so excited to get to know you. :make_like_edmonia:

Happy New Year, my lovely -ists!!

Just sending out a quick note to say we've reopened Approval-based Registrations for the near future. Just visit mastodon.art/about/ and fill out the form to sign up! (Please read our CoC/TOS before doing so: mastodon.art/about/more/ )

Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year! Let's endeavour to be kinder to ourselves and each other, and strive to make our lives and communities a more supportive and enriching place.

Lots of love! :bob_ross:

Hey folks! It's time for Fro Watch 2020 Day 1, with .ART's patron saint.

🌲 ⛰️ Happy Holidays, my lovely -ists! :bob_ross: 💚

Welcome to all the artists who recently joined the Fediverse!
If you are an artist and a woman, you may tell me so I can follow you and boost your art. Also, you may want to tag your creations with the hashtag to make it easier for others to find them.

: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/MastoArt

:liberapay: liberapay.com/masto-art

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

Fairy Nord grew up in a forest and his Detect Life ability was always significant to him. It would be shocking if he found himself in a place where there was literally nothing to detect.

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Mastodon.ART — Your friendly creative home on the Fediverse! Interact with friends and discover new ones, all on a platform that is community-owned and ad-free. Admin: @Curator. Moderators: @EmergencyBattle, @ScribbleAddict, @TapiocaPearl, @Otherbuttons, @katwylder