Hello everybody and welcome to Mastodon!
I know it can be a little confusing at first. But don't worry, it's great and not that complicated to use once you learned the basics.
So here are some tips for helping you to get started.

For posting a message, you just have to type your text in the compose box (it should be at the left of your screen on a desktop) and then click on TOOT.

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You can adjust the audience of your message by clicking on the third icon below the compose box.

There is four privacy levels on Mastodon:
1. Public: everyone can see your message.
2. Unlisted: everyone can see your message but it won't appear in the public timelines.
3. Followers-only: only your logged-in followers and the mentioned users will be able to see your message.
4. Direct: only the mentioned users will see it.

Privacy levels are one of the most powerful feature of Mastodon.

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@Sylvhem So public timelines would be the Federated timeline, right? Or also the Local timeline? I'm a bit confused there...

@shubhamboseroy @Sylvhem Local timeline is all public (not unlisted) messages from users of the instance (in your case you will only see messages from users from Eldritch Café).

Federated timeline is all public (not unlisted) messages from users of all knows instances.

@shubhamboseroy public timelines on your instance (mastodon.social, eldritch.cafe, mastodon.mit.edu, etc) will show up in the local timeline, users your instance federates with's public timelines will show up in the federated timeline

@amsomniac @milia
Okay, I got that. Thanks! Ummm. Maybe I'm asking a stupid question. So how would Unlisted be different from Followers-Only? As in who else gets to see the "unlisted" message apart from my followers?

@shubhamboseroy unlisted will show up when people (even non-followers) go to your profile page, but they won't show up if people click the local/federated timeline

@shubhamboseroy The two public timelines are the local timeline and the federated timeline :).

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Eldritch Café

Une instance se voulant accueillante pour les personnes queers, féministes et anarchistes ainsi que pour leurs sympathisant·e·s. Nous sommes principalement francophones, mais vous êtes les bienvenu·e·s quelle que soit votre langue.

A welcoming instance for queer, feminist and anarchist people as well as their sympathizers. We are mainly French-speaking people, but you are welcome whatever your language might be.