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mutuals feel free to give constructive criticisms. If anyone wants a tts readable version, dm me and i'll link you the doc. if you like it feel free to repost wherever

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before anyone asks: Yes, i DO believe you should check a user's page before replying if you dont already know them. Yes, every time. This platform makes it possible to set personal boundaries before the community at large. It is the least you can do to make sure you're respecting them

I also think it's helpful to think of users online in terms that equate to rl. like, if you have a mutual friend, you're more likely to be able to get along. if you've never even heard of this person before, they probably don't know you either, they're not your friend, treat them like a stranger

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@umalkosh this seems v accurate

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@FirstProgenitor thank u mika i respect ur opinion on this very much

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@rosegeranium if we're already talking about etiquette on fedi, I'll take this chance to let you know that replying followers-only to someone you're not following is frowned upon as it's been used as a tactic to harass people

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@umalkosh what if i dont have the social skills to judge if my comment is a positive addition to a thread or not?

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@trashguts it can be hard to tell the vibe sometimes. consider whether you're mostly a stranger to this person or if they know who you are. replying to a non-mutual is always a risk imo, consider whether you want to risk it with this person. if you really want to say something but feel it might not be appreciated as a reply, you can always make your own post

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@trashguts also i think that if u follow the flowchart, you dont need to worry about the contents of your reply so much if you've had positive interactions with this person before

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@umalkosh boosting for people reading bios for any boundaries

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@umalkosh i like to think i'm a reply guy even in cases where the chart would disagree. like just in my heart

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@umalkosh some questions i would add:
β€” are you answering a question that wasn't posed?
β€” are you making a serious reply to a joke post?
β€” are you making a joke reply to a serious or personal post?

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@esvrld hm yeah these are probably clearer questions than the "positive addition" one i have in the middle there

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