Edit: YOOOOOOOO YOU CAN EDIT TITLES HERE

Anyway, you have to first search for the community in the format !whatever@where.ever. It doesn’t show up the first time but if you mash Enter for a while it will…

Also, this FAQ linked by @Wistful@discuss.technics.de is pretty helpful and covers some of the pitfalls of being the first (or only!) person in an instance to subscribe to a community: https://lemm.ee/post/37715

Edit 2: Found https://github.com/LemmyNet/lemmy/issues/3055 requesting better support for discovering federated communities. Please consider upvoting that issue if you have a github account and think it would be helpful!


I made myself a lemmy: https://tortoisewrath.com

You may notice I am not writing to you from said lemmy… because https://tortoisewrath.com/c/selfhosted@lemmy.world is a 404. In fact, though it appears to have federated itself with a bunch of other servers, it only appears to be able to see two communities. These were among the first few communities I tried to access (technology@beehaw.org didn’t work but those two did) - since adding those two, I haven’t been able to see any others, even on lemmy.ml where the first two were.

Is this normal? Do I just need to be more patient and it’ll figure it out on its own, or is there some switch I need to flip to make it do the thing?

(Apologies if this is obvious to those who understand the fediverse but I have no idea what I’m doing)

  • dudeami0
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    49 months ago

    At the moment it’s a bit convoluted, but you’ll need to go to the search page (https://tortoisewrath.com/search) and then search for the name of the community, in this case !selfhosted@lemmy.world. This will at first say no results but should eventually show the community (5-10 seconds in my case).

    • TortoiseWrath
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      49 months ago

      WOOOO I had to mash “search” for a while but I think I’m here now

    • @danA
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      39 months ago

      I’ve found that searching for the name like that never works for me, but searching for the URL does eventually work.

      Other times, the search doesn’t appear to work, but the community does start appearing in the communities list under the “all” filter.

      Sometimes, neither of those work. In those cases, I try searching for a post or comment URL. If that works, I can click on it and then click on the community from there.

      Seems like there’s a lot of rough edges at the moment.

    • Midas
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      19 months ago

      For me it never shows a result but I am able to browse to the community on my instance and subscribe from there