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Someone I know wants to try out Mastodon, but he doesn't know English. Is there:

A) A way to look for users speaking a particular language?

B) A Polish instance that's well moderated (no bigotry allowed on there)?

Please boost, even if you don't know 😓

Okay, I have received a lot of help, so *big* thank you.

I'm still going to keep this thread open, in case another creative solution pops up, which, several already did.

I'm going to systematize the info I have received, for myself and for others following this thread.

Polish instances (as of now):

▫101010.pl (strongly biased against coz of its TOS)
▫a.nom.pl (pleroma, seems pretty nice, my most likely choice)
▫polska.masto.host (unavailable, not sure when it comes back)
▫0x3c.pl (strictly regional, idk if they want people from outside the region)

@glitchyhare You can filter by language in your /settings/preferences page, but that's only useful to find an initial few people, given how inconsistent the non-English language tagging is.

@glitchyhare
Per instances.social/list#lang=pl&= there are two polish instances known.

polska.masto.host
101010.pl

I can't verify on the moderation as I'm not polish myself.

@supercritical

First one's a free speech instance, second one's temporarily unavailable (I'll check back later.)

@glitchyhare @Satsuma @supercritical polska.masto.host is unavailable for a long time now, and I don't think it will come back…
101010.pl isn't strictly a free-speech instance, and @xaphanpl is a friendly admin.
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@glitchyhare >You can enable a language filter in the settings, but it does rely on people setting their language in app @MxCraven Poles on fedi are really spread around, English-speaking and and I think most of them didn't bother to change that setting. BluRaf@a.nom.pl manages an account that follows most of Polish-speaking creatures on fedi: fiskus@a.nom.pl I think it's great place to start.
Btw. If Pleroma isn't a problem a.nom.pl is also a nice little place.
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@glitchyhare @GrassrootsReview Can confirm that there are some nice creatures on 0x3c.pl.

>IMO Polish LGBTQ organizations should really get a properly moderated bigotry-free server going
@hamefang Yeah, that would be awesome…

Mae@is.badat.dev I've seen you engage in that thread - so you may be interested in the replies. Btw. You're now bad at dev, not names?
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@Satsuma

I checked it before and it is an option, but it's a free speech instance and I would prefer to give the person a better impression of the Mastodon community 😉

@glitchyhare You can enable a language filter in the settings, but it does rely on people setting their language in app (which if they only speak one they likely will)

@MxCraven

Ya that's probably what I'm going to propose instead of him joining a specifically Polish instance.

@glitchyhare When I last used it, joinmastodon.org/communities had the ability to filter by language. That's how I get to know instances listing Esperanto among their spoken languages! 😀

@glitchyhare This seems to be the largest Polish server. 0x3c.pl

There are a few more hosted in Poland mentioned on the-federation.info/mastodon

You can sort the list by country and then search for .pl or 0x3c.

Another good way to find regional servers is joinmastodon.org/communities/r

But this site has quite strict rules on the quality of the servers and none of the servers in Poland seem to have applied to be listed.

@glitchyhare you can search and filter instances by language and other characteristics on instances.social/

@glitchyhare I'm Polish myself and I have yet to find a Polish instance that would be decent. I'm gonna be following this thread to see if maybe indeed there is one out there. I'm not holding out much hope though.

@glitchyhare (IMO Polish LGBTQ organizations should really get a properly moderated bigotry-free server going)

@hamefang

Yes, they definitely should invest some time in that! Most left-leaning orgs in Poland are so dependent on Facebook...

@glitchyhare I know a.nom.pl is a polish instance, no idea about the rules but I follow a few people from there

@glitchyhare there is this list on "Trunk" communitywiki.org/trunk/grab/P - i can't speak for Trunk at all, i just know it existed and has some kind of curated list/ proto early-Yahoo-for-Mastodon thing going on

@glitchyhare you can ask him/her to check on the website: instances.social. It lets you set a bunch of criteria (languages, prohibited content, min max number of users) and searches for instances fit in the criteria.

@glitchyhare
Well, somebody's gotta make a start.

Ideally, people would use #hashtags more so it'd be easier to find toots and people with similar interests. Encourage your friend to use hashtags. Pretty sure he's not the only #Polish-speaking person around. If the others don't use hashtags and he can't find them, there's still a chance that they'll find him.

Also, there's #GoogleTranslate and #BingTranslator. He can sorta communicate in English. 😉

#Polish #Polskie #languages

@evelynyap

I agree that people should use hashtags more. I definitely do. It would make searching for specific topics and languages sooo much easier. Also an option to follow hashtags would be nice... (I mean, I came here from Instagram, where basically every topic ever has a hashtag assigned to it...)

Google translate is a possibility.

@glitchyhare You can follow hashtags if you're using a web #browser. Don't know about Mastodon #apps though.

@evelynyap @glitchyhare Tusky allows you to follow 3 hashtags. Other clients are better in this regard AFAIK.

@jacek
Woh... How do I follow hashtags on Tusky? Is that under Filter? I thought that filter is meant to exclude* something. Can't find anything on #Tusky for #hashtags. 😶

I've tried other Mastodon #apps. Didn't like them, even with their extra features. Tusky is the cleanest and easiest to use for me.

@glitchyhare did you try to search instances.social? There is a filter for languages.

@maikek

Yes, I have. Nothing new, unfortunately. I'm mostly keeping this thread alive because I am aware that some instances may be still very unpopular and because some people here have had very good ideas for solutions.

@glitchyhare Hi! You can find polish language instances on joinmastodon.org/communities

Select a category like General and then select the language (Polski). I'm not sure the quality of any instance though, sorry 😕

@edwardloveall

I went there and could not find Polish instances. Only a couple of languages. Am I missing something?

@glitchyhare This the one I found in the "General" category. I haven't checked the others. Do you see something different?

@edwardloveall

I know this one. It is an option, but as I said in some replies to others, I am strongly biased against "free speech" instances and 101010 is one.

@glitchyhare Ah gotcha. I didn't see your other replies, apologies. If that's the only option then I'm not sure, sorry 😞

@lightone @glitchyhare though there’s only one active user on this instance (me), i’m not sure they would like to join a right-libertarian instance :kaczor:

@rogatywieszcz

I have no immediate experience with it, I know of a couple of cool people there. The only thing that bothers me is the TOS. It says that it is a free speech instance and I prefer instances with more explicit rules (both when deciding for myself and in recommending to other people). Not saying it's a bad instance, just that I like moderation.

@rogatywieszcz

I don't come here to get news. I have rss feeds for that. I follow artists and programmers, sometimes political people with clever takes, and all I care about is not suddenly stumbling upon something that could ruin my day.

In real life, I debate almost constantly, sometimes because it's fun, sometimes out of necessity. This is supposed to be a place where I don't have to do that.

@rogatywieszcz

I mean debating and news serve as exposure to different opinions and some balance to the info bubble.

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