Last time I used Mastodon's migration tool, I lost all my followers. All it did is lock me out of my account.
If someone could help me with that, that'd be nice.
People are telling me they kept their followers when they migrated but I have serious doubts.
@verretor i am having difficulty getting bitcoinhackers.org to see the alias that I set up at thecitadel.social. When you set up the alias at himk.am, can you let me know if you experience similar difficulties?
@eatoutfrom5lbs I did it. Most of my followers followed me automatically. Those on Pleroma instances didn't.
@pete I switched from mastodon.social to bitconhackers.org in 2018. There's a migration tool in the account options. It only linked to my new account on my old account.
I've just gone through this process. First you need to add the old account as an account alias from the new account. Then from the old account follow the option under "Move to a different account"
On both accounts this is all in Preferences > Account, at the bottom of the page
All my followers have been transferred to the new account 👍
@verretor I think you have to do it on both your old and new accounts. Basically, old forwards to new, and new verifies that the old->new link is correct.
@beef I'm getting a different message here. https://bitcoinhackers.org/@stephanlivera/105558670299518919
Don't know what to think.
@verretor I lost my followers AND my liked, bookmarked and messages. I have everything backed up in the exported CSV files but I simply can't import them on my new "home".
@verretor That's sad. The ability to migrate is one of the key strenght in the fediverse, IMHO.
I probably just have to learn how to do it the right way.
@verretor I wonder if there's a server setting to enable or disable the function? Or maybe I migrated between two different versions of Mastodon that implements two incompatible versions of the protocol?
@racchio I just migrated. Most followers were transfered but I lost 62. It depends on the software that their instance is running.
Last time I migrated (2018), that feature didn't exist at all. It is quite new.
@verretor Oh, I see!! Thanks for keeping me updated on that! I'm not thinking about migrating right now but It would be nice to know that migrating doesn't destroy one's data (meaning follows, followers, posts, comments...)
@verretor I follow quite a few accounts that migrated without me re-following. If you have doubts, then verifying it with a dummy account is easy as pie. No need to speculate.
@raucao I lost all my followers when I migrated from mastodon.social to bitcoinhackers.org. The only thing the migrating tool did was lock my account and tell people to go to my new account.
@verretor And still, you can just try it out now if you have doubts. Clearly, multiple different people are telling you that it works.
@verretor How is that relevant to trying it out with a dummy account if you don't believe the people saying it works?
@verretor BTW, the most important thing is to set up the new account first, and have it reference the current one as being moved from.
Can confirm it worked for me. Moved from mastodon.social to bitcoinhackers two days ago. On the new instance create the alias to your old account. On the old instance use the migrate not the redirect option. This only migrates followers. To migrate anything else you can use the import export function.
@btcdragonlord It still doesn't work 100%. The blog post above is from 2019.
When I migrated in 2018, I lost all my followers.
Now, it seems instances running older software or Pleroma don't follow you at your new account.
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