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Mastotip: If you tag person x in a DM with person y, both x and y will be able to see what you said. A common workaround is to put spaces between the @ sign and the username (I.e. @ sandrockcstm @ orbitalstation.one).

This is really key if you are discussing a moderation related issue with an admin, say if person x is harassing you. If you tag that person you can inadvertently get them to see the conversation. This is not clear from the UI and a common trap for new users.

@Sandrockcstm DMs are clearly the lowlight of Mastodon (and not really DMs in the first place), to the point they are a harmful feature. The APIs to fix it are there (e.g. github.com/mastodon/mastodon/p) but AFAIK no one is working on doing DMs right.

@privateger Yes it is! And unfortunately it doesn't seem like it's a priority to fix it, as people have been complaining about it for 3-4 years.

@Sandrockcstm i feel like at a UI level this could just be a big red warning?

cc @Tusky

@Sandrockcstm another way to point to someone without it technically being a mention is to use a link, like orbitalstation.one/@sandrockcs

And this also applies to follower-only posts as well, they are visible to non-following mentioned users too (which is useful when replying in a thread)

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