You can add alt-text for any image you upload -- very good for the visually impaired, or simply those who have slow Internet connection!

On Mastodon, it's considered good etiquette to do this for any image you upload.

Need help with getting into the habit? @alt_text can help!

Remember that we *are* capable of performing moderation actions on accounts from different instances! If you see something against our rules, you can send us a report regardless of what instance it was from.

We can't necessarily wipe it off their own server, but we can at least curate and moderate what appears on VocaLounge. (And even send a report to the admin of the offending person's own instance, if we believe they should know about it.)

If you put a link to your website on your profile, and have your website link back to your profile, and put a "rel=me" attribute on your website's link...

...the link on your profile will get a check mark and turn a shiny green!

It's a great way to verify your identity (and you don't even need to be rich and famous to do it)!

(Fun tip: If you set your Mastodon profile as your profile link on Twitter, Twitter will add a "rel=me" attribute by default.)

Planning on posting a long thread but worried about putting a lot on the public timeline?

You can mark the first thread post to appear as public but have all the threaded replies as unlisted! That way people can click in to read the rest if they like.

(But be sure to say a thread is incoming on your first post, or else people might not check!)

We at VocaLounge encourage non-vocalsynth/"off-topic" content, but if you or a friend would rather try something with a more general focus, Mastodon•ART has a list of instances for creatives! (We recommend •ART, too!)
mastodon.art/@Curator/10258317

Like gaming (video or tabletop)? Try elekk.xyz ✨

Mastodon 3.0 and later (you can check the version at the bottom) let you migrate your account and followers, if you change your mind later! (And don't forget we have an @ambassador!)

The federated feed is a great way to find new people from outside VocaLounge, but it can go pretty fast and be a bit overwhelming sometimes!

If it's a little too much for you, you can set it to "Media Only" to increase your chances of seeing artwork, music, and videos.

But you may miss out on a lot of people as a result, so whether you want to use it is up to you!

Not sure what to tag? Here are some recommendations!

☕ Introducing yourself:
☕ Showing off your vocalsynth collection:
☕ Art: (optionally more specific , , etc.)
☕ Music work: / ( , , etc.)
☕ Cosplay: (etc.)
☕ Recommendations: (etc.)

Also, tags like , , , and help get your work outside VocaLounge!

See something against the rules, or at least something you're concerned about being on the server? Send a report and the mod team will review it!

We're a bunch of humans, not an algorithm, so we'll take every report under careful consideration.

You can report posts from other instances, too.

You can also mute and block accounts you simply personally don't want to see. (Although we hope you don't block us, please 😅)

Have an account on another Mastodon instance? Thinking of coming to VocaLounge, but don't want to lose your followers? If your instance runs Mastodon 3.0 or above, you can migrate them to an account here and pick up where you left off!

Or, if you're a VocaLounge member and you feel a different instance suits you better, you can move there the same way!
(We'll miss you, but our @ambassador can help you stay in touch!)

Want to use Mastodon on mobile? We personally recommend Tusky for Android and Toot! for iOS, but there are many more!

joinmastodon.org/apps

Our "federated" network consists of both VocaLounge users, and users followed by everyone in VocaLounge!
On top of that, searching hashtags will let you see results from everyone in the federated network, even if they're from a different instance!

That means if you follow someone, people will be able to find their work even if they're not a VocaLounge member!

And hashtagging your own stuff makes you accessible from outside, too!

It's tempting to not feel the need to follow people when you see them in the local feed, but if there's someone you want to follow, do it!

The local feed only gives you a small slice of the conversation -- you'll get to see much more from them if you follow.

Plus, it's showing them your support!

You can have multiple pinned posts in your profile! They'll show up in reverse chronological order of pinning.

So you can list off your contact websites, or maybe show off the list of :vocalo_v5: :utau: :cevio: :deepvocal: :synthv: you have (we recommend tagging it with ), the newest thing you just posted, or even something random like a picture of your cat or your favorite video games ✨

It's a lot of work to remember to maintain another social network, we understand!

The Mastodon-Twitter Crossposter helps automate crossposting, so you can keep contact with people on both networks:
crossposter.masto.donte.com.br

And you can customize it to post or not post certain things (like, for instance, hashtagged stuff only)!

Instagram user? Try Moa: moa.party/

The CW (content warning) function lets you post things under a "Show More" button.

You can put a little context as to what someone might expect under the warning.

That means you can use it for potentially sensitive topics -- or perhaps your new favorite game that just came out that you HAVE to talk about, but don't want to spoil people for ✨

You can set the privacy of your post on an individual level -- want to post something exclusively for your followers instead of to the public timelines? You can do that here!

If you're more of a private person, you can configure the default setting for this in your account preferences.

This means that conversely, you can have a locked, private account that puts out a public PSA when you need to ✨

Mastodon does not let you run searches for random text in posts, but it *does* let you search for hashtags -- and because it searches only for those tags, it can find any tagged post with pinpoint accuracy!

Hashtags let your work be found easily, especially from outside VocaLounge!

Plus, you can "feature" hashtags on your page, which are great for organizing your artwork, or topics you like to talk about.

Use those hashtags as often as you can! ✨

Uploaded a photo and don't like where the thumbnail cropped? You can change it by hitting the "Edit" button on the picture before you post -- and you can also add some alt-text to help visually impaired users (or simply those for whom the image isn't loading)!

Made an embarrassing typo in a post? You can "delete and re-draft" a post to immediately delete it and autofill the text box with what you wrote -- so you can edit it so quickly, nobody will have even noticed ✨

You can enable the "advanced user interface" in your settings if you want something similar to TweetDeck in layout!

It'll help you look at the local and federated timelines much easier -- maybe you'll find something new ✨

VocaLounge

A Mastodon instance specializing in Vocaloid, UTAU, and anything relevant to vocalsynth culture.