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A number of people over past few months have assumed I'm a bot or some kind of automated account.

I can assure you I am not, there is a human being behind this keyboard! I write and post everything manually, there's no scheduling or scripts or stuff like that.

If you have any questions about the Fediverse, or requests or suggestions or comments or feedback just @ or DM me, I will try to help if I can.

The aim of this account is to help and encourage people use the #Fediverse, even with the most basic things. There's no such thing as a stupid question! 👍

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@feditips

hey fedi-bot! ;-)

I tried to follow someone from Pixelfed via Mastodon and am only seeing two of the many pictures in their profile. I noticed the same for following people of other servers within Mastodon. What can I write them? What should they check If they want to share their posts fedi-wide?

@feditips @fabyk You can only see what your server has received, so unless someone else on your instance has already followed them only the most recent posts will usually arrive. You can force older ones to be fetched by copying the URL into the search bar.

@mark @fabyk

Yup, Mark said it all!

The Fediverse works like this because updating all posts from all the millions of users everywhere would overwhelm small instances, so instead it only updates accounts that people on that instance follow.

@feditips ohh that's an interesting topic that I was also thinking about today. I just created my own friendica instance and now I'm thinking about how it works with that federation. Is it, the more I follow people on other instances the more content from there I will get?
Would be interesting to understand this "federation" method better :)

@aaron

Yes, that's exactly it, the more accounts you follow, the more content will appear on your instance.

@feditips

Thanks for the answers! Do you know a good source for these more technical details of federation? It's hard to find something about it with a search engine.

@mark

@fabyk @mark

If you want very technical stuff there's the official Mastodon documentation:

docs.joinmastodon.org

There's also an interesting guide here:

github.com/joyeusenoelle/Guide

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