Commit f479e0d5 authored by Thomas Karpiniec's avatar Thomas Karpiniec

Fix up exploring page to explain timelines and remote follow

parent 81d47958
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{HEADING:SECTION:exploring:Exploring the network}
<p>(Expand this to fully explain all the different timelines available and how to access them using stock vs Qvitter interfaces).</p>
<p>To get the most out of GNU social you need to find your way around the various servers.</p>
<p>Once you have an account you need to find some interesting people to follow. If somebody you know is already using GNU social, ask them for the URL of their profile. You can put it straight into your web browser to see their notices. If you would like to follow them, see the next section.</p>
{HEADING:SUBSECTION:exploring_timelines:The different timelines}
<p>If you don't know anyone there are several different ways to explore to explore the GNU social network. Look for these links:</p>
<p>If you've used Twitter before you're used to the <em>Home</em> timeline. This shows messages posted by people you follow. Because GNU social consists of separate servers you can browse three different timelines:</p>
<li><em>Public</em> / <em>Public Timeline</em>: This shows you all of the notices published on this server.</li>
<li><em>Network</em> / <em>The Whole Known Network</em> - This shows you all of the noticed published on this server, plus all of the notices of all the people followed by people on this server. This is a good way to see lots of activity if you are on a busy server.</li>
<dt>Home</dt> <dd>People you follow</dd>
<dt>Public / Public Timeline</dt> <dd>Everybody on this server</dd>
<dt>Network / The Whole Known Network</dt> <dd>Everybody that this server knows about</dd>
<p>You can look up GNU social servers in other ways, such as searching in search engines. If you find another server you can follow any user who has an account there, whether or not they are already part of the "known network" for your server.</p>
<p>This is how it would look if you followed two people on the same server as you, plus two people from different servers:</p>
<a href="{RES:home-vs-public.png}">
<img src="{RES:home-vs-public.png}" alt="Difference between home and public timelines" class="figure" />
{HEADING:SECTION:following:Following other people}
<p>Thanks to federation it is easy to follow both people on the same server as you and on different servers. However, following someone on a different server requires a couple of extra clicks.</p>
{HEADING:SUBSECTION:local_follow:Following people on the same server}
<p>(Something about the difference between following people on the same server vs a remote one.)</p>
<p>Click on their username to go to their user page. There you will find a button to follow them. It will look like one of these:</p>
<img src="{RES:subscribe-button.png}" alt="Stock GNU social subscribe button" class="figure" />
<img src="{RES:follow-button.png}" alt="Qvitter follow button" class="figure" />
{HEADING:SECTION:remote_follow:Following people on other servers}
<p>Click the button. Their notices will now appear in your Home timeline.</p>
<p>When you follow somebody it means their notices will appear in your timeline (or Home screen). The simplest way to follow somebody is to visit their profile. For example, if you are browsing "The Whole Known Network" you could click on an account you see there.</p>
{HEADING:SUBSECTION:remote_follow:Following people on other servers}
<p>First go to their user page. You can always get there by clicking on their username. This will take you to server where that person has their account.</p>
<p>Once the account page loads you will see some option to "Remote follow". Depending on the style of the website this could take multiple forms:</p>
<p>Suppose your account is on <em></em> and you clicked on a user who is on <em></em>. Your browser will now be at an address like <tt></tt>. You will not be logged in on the remote server&mdash;you're just a public visitor. Don't try to log in or create an account; it's not necessary.</p>
<p>[form 1] [form 2] [form 3]</p>
<p>The page might look completely different from what you're used to! Every server can have its own custom style. What you need to look for is the remote follow button. Here are three examples:</p>
<p>When you click on the button you will be asked for your account address. This is the full form that looks like an email address; something like:</p>
<img src="{RES:remote-follow-button.png}" alt="Qvitter remote follow button" class="figure" />
<img src="{RES:subscribe-button.png}" alt="Stock GNU social subscribe button (same as for local)" class="figure" />
<img src="{RES:subscribe-loadaverage.png}" alt="LoadAverage subscribe button" class="figure" />
<p>After you submit your account, you will be taken to a page where you confirm the nickname of the person you wish to follow, along with your account. Click "XXX".</p>
<p>Click on it. A box will pop up asking what your account is, in email address format. If your username is <tt>fido</tt> and your server is <tt></tt> you would type <tt></tt>. Then click <em>Subscribe</em> or <em>Remote follow</em> as appropriate.</p>
<p>You will then be redirected to the server where your accounted is hosted. It will also ask you to confirm that you wish to follow this person. Click "Confirm".</p>
<a href="{RES:remote-part-2.png}">
<img src="{RES:remote-part-2.png}" alt="Entering your address" class="figure" />
<p>Congratulations! You are now following that person.</p>
<p>You might (or might not) be taken to an intermediate screen like this one. Check the details are correct and click <em>Subscribe</em> again.</p>
<p>If you click on the "Home" / "Timeline" link on your server, you will see notices that they post from now on. (Not previous ones.)</p>
<a href="{RES:remote-part-3.png}">
<img src="{RES:remote-part-3.png}" alt="Remote follow, next step" class="figure" />
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<p>You will now be taken back your own server where you're logged in. You will be shown profile information about the user you are about to follow. To complete the process click the <em>Confirm</em> button. It will look something like this:</p>
<img src="{RES:confirm-stock.png}" alt="Stock confirm button" class="figure" />
<img src="{RES:confirm-qvitter.png}" alt=" confirm button (I guess qvitter hasn't styled it)" class="figure" />
<p>You are now following that person. Notices that they post from now on will now appear in your Home timeline. If someone else on your server was already following them you might get some older ones as well.</p>
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<p>There is a small advantage in choosing either a local server or a server where you already know people. Every server has a user directory that lists all the accounts registered there. This can make it easier for others to stumble across you.</p>
<p>Although there are many GNU social servers not all of them allow members of the public to create new accounts. The administrator of each server can turn this feature on or off.</p>
<p>Although there are many servers not all of them allow members of the public to create new accounts. The administrator of each server can turn this feature on or off.</p>
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