submitted 1 year ago* (last edited 1 year ago) by [email protected] to c/[email protected]

(I'm creating a starting guide post here. Have patience, it will take some time...)

Disclaimer: I am new to Lemmy like most of you. Still finding my way. If you see something that isn't right, let me know. Also additions, please comment!


Welcome to Lemmy (on whichever server you're reading this)

About Lemmy

Lemmy is a federated platform for news aggregagtion / discussion. It's being developed by the Lemmy devs: https://github.com/LemmyNet

About Federation

What does this federation mean?

It means Lemmy is using a protocol (Activitypub) which makes it possible for all Lemmy servers to interact.

  • You can search and view communities on remote servers from here
  • You can create posts in remote communities
  • You can respond to remote posts
  • You will be notified (if you wish) of comments on your remote posts
  • You can follow Lemmy users/communities on other platforms that also use Activitypub (like Mastodon, Calckey etc) (There's currently a known issue with that, see here

Please note that a server only starts indexing a server/community once it has been interacted with by a user of this server.

A great image describing this, made by @[email protected] : https://imgur.com/a/uyoYySY

About Lemmy.world

Lemmy.world is one of the many servers hosting the Lemmy software. It was started on June 1st, 2023 by @[email protected] , who is also running https://mastodon.world, https://calckey.world and others.

A list of Lemmy servers and their statistics can be found at FediDB

Quick start guide


You can use your account you created to log in to the server on which you created it. Not on other servers. Content is federated to other servers, users/accounts are not.


In the top menu, you'll see the search icon. There, you can search for posts, communities etc.

You can just enter a search-word and it will find the Post-titles, post-content, communities etc containing that word that the server knows of. So any content any user of this server ever interacted with.

You can also search for a community by it's link, e.g. [[email protected]](/c/[email protected]). Even if the server hasn't ever seen that community, it will look it up remotely. Sometimes it takes some time for it to fetch the info (and displays 'No results' meanwhile..) so just be patient and search a second time after a few seconds.

Creating communities

First, make sure the community doesn't already exist. Use search (see above). Also try https://browse.feddit.de/ to see if there are remote communities on other Lemmy instances that aren't known to Lemmy.world yet.

If you're sure it doesn't exist yet, go to the homepage and click 'Create a Community'.

It will open up the following page:

Here you can fill out:

  • Name: should be all lowercase letters. This will be the /c/
  • Display name: As to be expected, this will be the displayed name.
  • You can upload an icon and banner image. Looks pretty.
  • The sidebar should contain things like description, rules, links etc. You can use Markdown (yey!)
  • If the community will contain mainly NSFW content, check the NSFW mark. NSFW is allowed as long as it doesn't break the rules
  • If you only want moderators to be able to post, check that checkbox.
  • Select any language you want people to be able to post in. Apparently you shouldn't de-select 'Undetermined'. I was told some apps use 'Undetermined' as default language so don't work if you don't have it selected


I think the reading is obvious. Just click the post and you can read it. SOmetimes when there are many comments, they will partly be collapsed.


When viewing a community, you can create a new post in it. First of all make sure to check the community's rules, probably stated in the sidebar.

In the Create Post page these are the fields:

  • URL: Here you can paste a link which will be shown at the top of the post. Also the thumbnail of the post will link there. Alternatively you can upload an image using the image icon to the right of the field. That image will also be displayed as thumbnail for the post.
  • Title: The title of the post.
  • Body: Here you can type your post. You can use Markdown if you want.
  • Community: select the community where you want this post created, defaults to the community you were in when you clicked 'create post'
  • NSFW: Select this if you post any NSFW material, this blurs the thumbnail and displays 'NSFW' behind the post title.
  • Language: Specify in which language your post is.

Also see the Lemmy documentation on formatting etc.


Moderating / Reporting

Client apps

There are some apps available or in testing. See this post for a list!


When you find any issue, please report so here: https://lemmy.world/post/15786 if you think it's server related (or not sure).

Report any issues or improvement requests for the Lemmy software itself here: https://github.com/LemmyNet

Known issues

Known issues can be found in the beforementioned post, one of the most annoying ones is the fact that post/reply in a somewhat larger community can take up to 10 seconds. It seems like that's related to the number of subscribers of the community.

I'll be looking into that one, and hope the devs are too.

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[-] [email protected] 17 points 1 year ago

When I'm on the homepage, I click "All" then sort by Hot. I get a nice list of posts from all over which is really good. But after a few seconds new posts take the top slots of hot and makes just scrolling through unusable. Is there a setting I'm missing for how to keep it from refreshing until I actually hit the refresh button?

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[-] [email protected] 16 points 1 year ago* (last edited 1 year ago)

As someone who used voat for awhiel here are my tips:

  1. USE this platform, don't use reddit. USE this platform and give it content. Content is basically the same as oxygen you can't deprive it, POST often and comment OFTEN.
  2. Don't dwell on reddit too much. Voat's only active communities were about shit posting on reddit (they had a /v/MeanwhileOnReddit and a few banned communities and that was it, nobody used any other communities). Find your favorite community and build it. Build just 1 ideally, anymore is too thin. I am building up https://lemmy.world/c/frugal
[-] [email protected] 7 points 1 year ago

Voat died because they had the explicit policy of not moderating anything, it was a spamfest, even people crying the didn't want moderation couldn't stand it lol.

[-] [email protected] 4 points 1 year ago

One could moderate their own community on voat and ban people from it, but nobody cared to even make communities that were not about either reddit or very grotesque racist content. It eventually died because quite frankly your right, people don't even want to touch a website like that with a proxy because it was way too hot and probably monitored by intel agencies. I know I stopped posting there once it turned into that, wasn't worth the personal risk of my ip being associated with that. But I think it was two things combined. The out of control content, but also the fact nobody used it other than to post extreme content, so if you banned the extreme content you would be left with nothing at all anyway.

[-] [email protected] 7 points 1 year ago

Voat still around? That was a cesspool of nazis lmao

[-] [email protected] 5 points 1 year ago

Shut down awhile ago.

[-] [email protected] 10 points 1 year ago

RIF transplant. Happy to be here. Thank you for the tutorial looking forward to start playing catchup

[-] [email protected] 9 points 1 year ago

as a newcomer to all things federated (I skipped mastodon as I never used twitter), the best piece of advice I have is to not overthink the whole federation idea. Just sign up with an instance or two (I signed up to kbin.social and lemmy.world). See which instance format suits you best. You will (should) be able to interact with all other communities/magazines etc. I started off liking the interface of kbin more, but find myself using lemmy.world. Just start searching for communities, find ones with decent userbases and start interacting. Feel free to down this to oblivion if I have the wrong take on this!

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[-] [email protected] 9 points 1 year ago

Suggestion: I think it might be good to add the https://browse.feddit.de/ to the homepage sidebar.

I hope that somewhere in Lemmy's development a system is added for federating/syncing each instance's Known Community List with each other, so even if no one on lemmy.world is interacting with some.site "yet" lemmy.world knows *about *it and about its communities (just their basic name etc data, not the contents) because lemmy.ml, or whoever, has established a link with some.site and lemmy.world talks to lemmy.ml and gets the list info from them.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 1 year ago
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[-] [email protected] 9 points 1 year ago

Thanks this helps a lot. Coming over since they massacred by boy rif

[-] [email protected] 9 points 1 year ago

Is there a way to turn off auto-refresh on the homepage's posts? Sometimes its cool to drink from the firehose, but other times you're trying to read titles of posts and they refresh and scroll off faster than you can keep up with. Would be great to have a auto/manual toggle for refreshing.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 1 year ago

No, but they’re gonna remove the live updates altogether in the next release.

[-] [email protected] 6 points 1 year ago

that should be a good thing for bandwidth, particularly as the early servers struggle to keep up with influx of new users

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[-] [email protected] 8 points 1 year ago

I made a picture to try and explain a few basic concepts (hopefully) in a simple way, if you think it can help, feel free to link it in the guide, if not it's ok :)


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[-] [email protected] 8 points 1 year ago

The more people that Upvote and Downvote my comments here on Lemmy, I'm now curious to know if Upvoting and Downvoting on Lemmy hurts your overall experience much like how it does on Reddit?

For context: On Reddit, over the years I found myself deleting my posts and comments that got downvoted by any amount, but more so if it got double-triple number downvotes, not because I'm so incapable of having discussions and understanding and respecting people's opinions and points of view, but because other people could more or less control my Reddit experience, and that's just not fair or balanced. If you have low enough Karma you actually can be denied entry into subreddits. If you have low enough Karma you become limited on what you can even do on Reddit as a whole. Having low enough Karma can legitimately have negative effects on your general Reddit experience, and all it takes is for a handful of people who don't agree with what you're saying, who then choose to downvote your posts and comments.

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[-] [email protected] 7 points 1 year ago

Could you update this to point out one of the major differences that most Redditors won't expect?:
When using ActivityPub Upvotes and Downvotes are public to every service that reads into it (such as Kbin).

[-] [email protected] 7 points 1 year ago

How can i help donate and support lemmy.wold and the greater Lemmy ecosystem?

[-] [email protected] 7 points 1 year ago

What is the philosophy behind downvotes? Downvote non-productive/bad faith comments or downvote things you do not like?

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[-] [email protected] 7 points 1 year ago

Could you sticky a donation link on the top of this community? Or put it in the community-info section?

[-] [email protected] 6 points 1 year ago

So lemmy uses ActivityPub, right? But can it connect with mastodon or gnu social that also use it?

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[-] [email protected] 6 points 1 year ago

I'm a dev interested in getting involved. I've followed on GitHub and I'm about to start diving into the various repos. Where is development being coordinated?

[-] [email protected] 8 points 1 year ago

Github is the right place s most of the development is discussed in the issues and PRs there. There's also the Matrix space https://matrix.to/#/#lemmy-space:matrix.org which has various chat rooms regarding Lemmy/Jerboa development.

Also you're... me? :D At least our taste in usernames is very similar.

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[-] [email protected] 6 points 1 year ago

How does lemmy mark a post as read? I want to scroll past posts and have them automatically marked read, and then not show them to me again. Every time i open lemmy I'm seeing the same posts I've seen many times. Yes, even when I am not sorting on 'active'

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[-] [email protected] 5 points 1 year ago

I'm trying to upvote stuff and it keeps automagically unclicking it when I click. Do I need to do something different, like burn incense and melt an ancient AOL disk or something?

[-] [email protected] 4 points 1 year ago

Just press once and wait.

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[-] [email protected] 4 points 1 year ago

May I suggest to add a link to donate in order to contribute to the financial efforts behind Lemmy.world? @[email protected]

[-] [email protected] 8 points 1 year ago

It's on the frontpage.

[-] [email protected] 4 points 1 year ago

ty for this

[-] [email protected] 4 points 1 year ago

I see in this post it says that Lemmy communities can be followed from a Mastodon instance. Can the opposite be done too? Could I follow a Mastodon account via Lemmy.world?

Sorry if this is a really silly question, the Fediverse is still very new to me!

[-] [email protected] 4 points 1 year ago
[-] [email protected] 4 points 1 year ago

Great write up, I appreciate this as I get stuck into Lemmy.

Does the 'local' tab just refer to posts from your home instance, eg; .world?

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[-] [email protected] 4 points 1 year ago

I made a userscript (Lemmy post) which rewrites all links everywhere (not only on Lemmy) to always point to your home instance. It helps a lot with subscribing to communities and in general makes browsing the web and finding Lemmy links nicer.

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[-] [email protected] 3 points 1 year ago

Excellent post! Hello to all the reddit refuges... including myself lol

[-] [email protected] 3 points 1 year ago* (last edited 1 year ago)

Hi, thanks for the post. This bit confuses me: "Please note that a server only starts indexing a server/community once it has been interacted with by a user of this server."
How does a user interact with a server for the first time, for lemmy.world to start indexing it?

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[-] [email protected] 3 points 1 year ago

Thanks so much for this guide! i was not aware on how the accounts worked and I created the same account on multiple servers, is that a problem now?

[-] [email protected] 4 points 1 year ago* (last edited 1 year ago)

If I understand how lemmy works, then when you make an account named “bob” on lemmy.world, then your full username is something like “[email protected]”.

So if you made another “bob” on somewhere.else, then that account’s full username would be something like “[email protected]”.

If I’ve got the right idea, then no it’s not a problem. Although you might want to consider deleting extra accounts, b/c these servers are still pretty small and 1 more account on one means 1 more to support

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