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Hello Wandering Shoppers! This will probably be a bit of a thread, so buckle in! In April 2017, @Annalee and I started this mastodon instance, because twitter had done something stupid (honestly, who can even remember what), and there was a lot of excitement around this new software called Mastodon written by this person called @Gargron.

Annalee suggested using the domain, so that we could bring in SFF writers and those who wanted a home on the internet with a theme

In today's Brewing Community post, Rivqa Rafael shares how online cons don't always work even for Extremely Online People.

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The other place felt noisy, like the kind of conversation where I know my voice adds nothing even if it could rise above the din.

I write. Sometimes. I used to a lot more than I have now. Flavors of fiction like yogurt, from plain to whatever flavor would make fantasy/sci-fi/spec

I put up a short story series a few years back on Medium, might migrate them over to my own blog? Idk. Anyway. Hello!

@shopbot @phildini
I've set aside the book I've been trying to write for the past eight months and I'm now stewing over a different concept for the third book in my Starship Teapot series. This one sees Lem and the crew dealing with an injustice involving Bexley's quarter-sibling.

@daviddlevine @phildini

I’ve personally been happy with “Mast” for quite a while now. It might be worth a look.

@shopbot @phildini I’m writing a sequel to my dark mm paranormal romance, Carillon’s Curse. I’m a little beyond the midpoint, and paralyzing anxiety has set in. I’m on a week off from actual writing and am doing some light editing and research and cutting in chapters. This happens around the second act almost every time for me. It’s like a bad case of flop sweat.


1. Don't be a downer in replies for no good reason.

2. No unsolicited advice.

3. If someone says something nice to you, boost a post of theirs that you like.

4. If someone is rude/unhelpful/a downer in your replies, block-unblock them to get them off your follower list (or just block them if they don't follow you).

5. Use hashtags sometimes, and when you do, click on them and boost the good stuff to federate it about.

#meta #tootorial

Attention Wandering Shoppers.

I have made accounts approval-based (instead of closed reg) for today and possibly longer. If you have friends looking for a place, feel free to direct them here.

Tip for people seeing friends join -- it is not a good fediverse neighbor! Myself and a bunch of other admins blocked it a couple years ago because the people who were running it were unfriendly to the point of abusive!

They admit to some of this in their own FAQ:

Get your friends on good servers. 💚

(Like here, for example! I'll send an invite code to anyone, and any Shop member can make invites)

also i recommend Not using the “official” app because

you cant access the federated timeline, cant post unlisted, and its missing lots of other things that make the fediverse unique / usable

and honestly its very misleading for new users to not have an entire timeline, that their posts get shared to, visible to them

Hello hello hello. So great to see you all here. Maybe do some s for the new folk?

I wrote up what it takes to add simple support to a site so it can have a light theme on light-colored screens and a dark theme on dark screens (and not blast your eyes out).

Just CSS media queries for the alternate styles!

@media (prefers-color-scheme: dark) {...}

And <picture><source><img></picture> to swap out images to fit different schemes.

On that note, anyone know how to test this in Chrome or Safari without changing the system theme?

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Hey, for all my / peeps: How did you learn about video encoding? I am science-dog on all the options in Premiere Pro, and I wish I wasn't.

How does one get better here?

Hi folks. I would like to be a better maintainer of this space!

I'm going to try and move forward by starting with... some polls! First one is going to go for a week.

Has anyone noticed that everyone, including me, seems to be getting into making the bleeps and bloops right now?

Is there something in the vaccine that makes you really want to produce EDM?

The main character in The Gambler is objectively a sucker, right?

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Phildini @ The Shop's choices:

Wandering Shop

The Wandering Shop is a Mastodon instance initially geared for the science fiction and fantasy community but open to anyone. We want our 'local' timeline to have the feel of a coffee shop at a good convention: tables full of friendly conversation on a wide variety of topics. We welcome everyone who wants to participate, so long as you're willing to abide by our code of conduct.