I just set up an instance… Took me a little while to realize that I needed to go out and follow folks from other instances.
Once I did, it wasn’t clear what should happen. I was pretty convinced that I must have set something up wrong. But, finally one of the folks I followed posted something and it showed up on my instance.
So, I am asking here to clarify, since I haven’t been able to find documentation on this elsewhere:
How long after you follow someone should you expect their stuff to start showing up on your federated timeline?
If I’m understanding things correctly, only future posts by the people followed will be delivered into the instance. Is there a way to fill in older stuff? (For ease of browsing, search, etc)
As far as search, my impression is that only toots that have been federated to the instance are searched. Is that right?
There’s a resubscribe button on my admin dashboard in the ‘instances’ section. What does that do?
Are there recommendations for populating your instance with some content or making it easier for community members to explore?
Sorry if these are obvious questions - starting with a small instance it’s not totally clear how these things should work…