I’m currently exploring Mastodon with my own server instance, have spent some hours with it and got the federation basically running. I can also crosspost with an Hubzilla instance, so things seems to work.
Call it a stupid beginners question, but I could not find an answer to this. Of course I want to explore some hashtags in the Mastodon fediverse and see what’s around outside. But whatever hashtag I’m searching for, my server does not deliver any responses except for things I’ve posted as a test on the same server. It seems that the global search does not work at all.
I’ve tried to add a relay, but they all are stuck in “waiting for approval”.
So how do I need to configure my server that the search queries are processed globally? It’s quite hard to find anyone to follow or get started when I do not find anything.
The only thing which gives me search responses is the App “Tootdon” on my iPad. But neither the “Toot!” app nor the web interface of my server are returning any results.
Any help is highly appreciated.