Why am I seeing posts of people I don't follow on my home timeline?
Look at this screenshot:
Now I don't follow Anubis or Katherine, and I've never followed them actually, then why are their posts showing up on my home timeline?! And as you can see from my screenshot none of my followers have reshared or replied to the posts either, so this shouldn't be here right?
I've seen their posts before too, I believe this has been happening for months now, I just didn't pay close attention before because this wasn't my main account. And I'm also using the default settings of Friendica, see this screenshot:
Any idea why this might be happening and how to fix this?
Tagging my instance admin @Tio here.
Short answer: Yes you can add Alt-Text to images on Friendica, here's how to do that - https://wiki.friendi.ca/docs/image_description
So in friendica they use a markup language called BBCode for their posts, everything including images, videos, etc are referenced using its syntax. You don't have to learn all the syntax yourself because there are buttons for simple things like adding images, underline, italic, bold, quote etc. Adding descriptions to images are also supported, here is info on how to do that - https://wiki.friendi.ca/docs/image_description
Unlike mastodon, Friendica also supports adding inline images to your posts, so it makes sense to write your image descriptions inside the BBCode tag for images.
I'm writing this post from my friendica account, and here's an example of image with description:
So I have set up my Friendica account to automatically boost/reshare all of the posts from my mastodon account, so when I post something new on mastodon it'll come up on my friendica account as well (as a reshared post). Everything works as expected, and this is a very nice feature to have 👍
But then today I just sent a private message from my Mastodon account to my Friendica account, and as a side effect that private message also got reshared/boosted by my Friendica account, LMAO 🤣 Its actually not possible to reshare Private messages (the option won't even appear on the UI), but this post still got reshared despite all that. And now I can't undo that reshare because there is no reshare button to click on, hahaha 😂
Here is a screenshot of that post appearing in my profile page as being reshared, it may look a bit confusing because both profiles has the name Rokosun, but the post was made in my mastodon account and somehow got reshared by my friendica account.
Luckily it was just a simple test message so there's nothing sensitive in it even if it got leaked somehow. I checked to see if the post appeared anywhere in public, so the interesting thing is that even though the post got reshared I'm still the only one who can view that post in my friendica profile as being reshared. When I open the same profile page from my mastodon account or just open the profile link in a different browser, then this reshared post doesn't even show there.
Update: OK, so it doesn't happen all the time, sometimes a mention appears like we expect - showing a username instead of the link. I think this bug only happens when 2 accounts are mentioned in a single line, will have to do more testing to confirm this though. I have attached a screenshot.
One other thing to note - it doesn't matter whether the mentions are shown correctly or not, clicking on them simply asks me to open it in a web browser instead of natively opening it inside the app itself.
One bug that I instantly noticed right now - The mentions in a post are not appearing correctly on fedilab, it just shows a link instead of the username after the @ symbol. I have attached a screenshot below.