@janLute No, you don't have to if you don't want to! You can follow anyone from anywhere. So I on cybre.space can follow you on witches.town, no problem. Some people like to have multiple accounts and post different things to different accounts but that's just a thing that some people do. A lot of people just have one, and do all their Mastodoning from that account.
If you did decide to make an account on each instance to see what it's like and then delete all but one when you've chosen that'd be fine too!
@cassolotl So... how do I view these instances with a mastodon instanced account? or can I not do that?
@keters You can follow and interact with anyone anywhere on the network (more or less) from the account you're on now. Like, if you type @witches.town into the search bar you'll find a few people from that instance. But if you want to see the universe from that instance's point of view you have to go to witches.town and sign up with the little registration form.
@bustytig You are indeed already on an instance!
So my original post there was cross-posted from Twitter, which may explain a lot. :) But also, a lot of people try out other instances before they settle on one they like. For example, witches.town is very customised (different buttons, different terms for things. Each instance has its own admin and it's own rules, atmosphere, style of moderation...
So to move, you just visit the URL and create a new account. A bit like making a new email address.
@cassolotl that makes sense indeed! :D I thought it might have been a cross post but I still went "wait a minute..."
@cassolotl Thanks for the advice! Are there any instances with a focus on economics, politics, social science etc?
@Seeker1732 Ooo I don't know! I'll boost you and hopefully someone can help out. :) (Sorry for the delay - I just woke up!)
@Seeker1732 @cassolotl Yes, several! There are a good three or four different instances for various flavors of left politics - anticapitalist.party, soc.ialis.me, anarchism.space, and more. Theres social.coop, which for people who personally work at starting coops and the like. I'm pretty sure there are more, but it's late and they're not coming to mind. XD
@Whoopadoop "mastodon in general" can't ban anything b/c its a piece of open source software, its up to each individual instance to ban nazis and also ban whole other instances that are nazi-friendly
basically imagine me as a big nerdy smokey the bear wearing a linux t-shirt and saying "only you can ban all nazis"
@cassolotl Is it necessary to create an account for each one? Or can one use the mastodon.social login?
@derk3621 You can follow anyone on any instance from where you are - so I at cybre.space could follow you at mastodon.social without having to move or make any new accounts.
But if you would like to move to a new instance (for a different set of rules or a different atmosphere in the local timeline or whatever) you have to create a new account and refollow everyone.
Does that make sense?
@derk3621 (Refollowing everyone is not as hard as it sounds because you can export your follows and then import them at your new instance, which saves a lot of time!)