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And his guess was spot on! Based on that idea, a little bit more focused searching found an article confirming "卖安利" (selling Amway) is a colloquialism for making a pitch on social media.

Hashtag approved.

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A fun little success with multi-cultural/lingual moderation:

I was reviewing a trending hashtag: "长毛象安利大会". My instance lists trending hashtags only after mod review.

Google Translate said "Mammoth Amway Conference." Clearly "mammoth" is "Mastodon," but is this actually Amway? I wouldn't allow MLM to trend.

The posts didn't look like literal Amway. I have ~zero Chinese cultural/language competence. Time to ask friends.

@pstewart guessed it might be shorthand for "pitch something to us..."

One of the unexpected joys of the fediverse over other places is the addition of weird domains appended on to everyone's usernames.

It makes the web feel like more than just four websites again.

It's both a signal of a smaller more intimate internet and also a larger and far more diverse internet at the same time!

Oh wow, the European Union 🇪🇺 now has its own official Mastodon instance!

You can follow lots of important EU officials on here including the @EU_Commission

#EU #EuropeanUnion

if you were wondering what happens when (doesn't allow the letter E) meets (only allows the letter E):

terrible people, comic violence 

For example, we don't federate with k*w*f*rms any more, as of about 4.5 seconds after I found out they have a fediverse instance.

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Welcome, new folks! The federated timeline is getting a lot busier and more fun today, since you've been finding interesting people to follow.

If you see objectionable content on the timeline, please take the time to report it. You get to choose whether to forward your report to the instance the content came from. If an instance seems sketchy (or you don't care to look at it), just keep the report local and I'll decide whether to yeet the offending instance into the sea.

I'm planning to move Sandwich's status/outage updates away from the birdsite, ideally to something with an API and that people can subscribe to. But the SaaS options seem weirdly expensive or half-baked, and none of the open source options are actively maintained. Recs?

listen, i'm glad everyone is here/back but platform metacommentary alone won't be enough to make this stick. you need to start posting inane nonsense

what did you eat today. did you see any cool bugs

will be offline from 13:00 UTC - ~16:30 UTC today. Sorry about the trouble! A Mastodon security patch will be coming out during the very early morning in my time zone.

A couple of changes to today:

Self-service registrations are closed because of a huge influx of spambots - but we'll happily give invitations to anyone, and any registered user can invite others.

We're spinning up the full-text search feature! It'll be available shortly.

Hi, folks! I've updated the terms of service. They now incorporate Sandwich's master terms of service.

I've made some major updates to the infrastructure. You'll hopefully see better performance. Enjoy!

I've been banning the "watch blah free online" spammers' local accounts, but they're still all over the federated timeline. Working on some strategies to screen signups, but spam filtering the fediverse is going to be tougher.

We're joining many other companies to urge @AjitPaiFCC to reconsider his attack on net neutrality. The @FCC must stop ignoring public and expert input in favor of cable/telco lobbyists, and it must stop ignoring attacks on its rulemaking process.

Apologies to everyone I had to leave out! (your instances are great too)

From Witches to Dolphins, These Are the Communities That Make Mastodon Great #eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

"What we need is to come up with a centralised brand strategy for the OStatus network, in order to attract the sort of people who respond to branding, because network growth is important."

Woah. Back that train of thought right back in to the station and decommission the locomotive.

Welcome, local folks - thanks for choosing for your tooting needs!

Since we're a small server and Mastodon is decentralized, our "Local timeline" isn't as busy as big servers like

Our "Federated timeline" shows toots from each user across the fediverse (i.e. all Mastodon servers) who is followed by someone here on this server.

Please make interesting toots, and follow interesting people across the fediverse, to make both our timelines awesome!

Mastodon Sandwich

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