If you're planning on making a vocalsynth video and need some art for your character, did you know you can use art from Piapro for your videos, as long as you credit?
This has come up a few times, so a reminder: reposting artwork/videos, or linking to unauthorized reposts, is against our instance rules!
We understand that this is a habit for a lot of people, but let's do our best to respect the rights of creators so important to our community.
Instead, link the original source and support the creator directly!
Need help finding the original link?
VocaDB can help you find vocalsynth videos: https://vocadb.net/
And SauceNAO for art: https://saucenao.com/
Firstly, please welcome our new mod, @Vocazone!
Secondly...it seems like there are now so many users we had to upgrade our hosting plan, so there *may* (may) be some downtime as we upgrade! (Thanks, guys -- you're really great.)
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!)
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: #introductions
☕ Showing off your vocalsynth collection: #vocastock
☕ Art: #vocaart (optionally more specific #vocaloidart, #utauart, etc.)
☕ Music work: #vocaoriginal / #vocacover ( #vocaloidoriginal, #utauoriginal, etc.)
☕ Cosplay: #vocacosplay (etc.)
☕ Recommendations: #vocarecs (etc.)
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!)
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 you have (we recommend tagging it with #vocastock), 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:
And you can customize it to post or not post certain things (like, for instance, hashtagged stuff only)!
Instagram user? Try Moa: https://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! ✨
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