FAQ About Graze for Mastodon
What does Graze do exactly?
Mastodon works on remote instances (e.g. instances where your account is not registered and that you aren’t logged into) to make follow, boost, favorite, bookmark, and reply one click like it is on your home instance. Normally when browsing remote instances these actions will take 4-5 clicks!
How do I install & set up Graze?
Paul O'Malley made a great explainer video, check it out here.
Can I log into multiple accounts from the same instance? How?
Yes! You can log into the first account through the extension, then in Mastodon log out of your account, and add a new account via Graze and log into the second account. The other, easier way is to let Graze run in incognito mode then add each account from a new incognito browser window.
However Graze will always take actions from the account you are logged in from when on your home instance.
Why does the Graze extension need access to all sites?
Since there is not central Mastodon server at a specific URL, and no central repository of all server instances, graze needs to determine if a site is a Mastodon instance after it loads. Graze does not access the content of pages it determines aren’t Mastodon instances.
Is Graze compatible with Safari (or any other browser that isn't Firefox or Chrome)
Making Graze compatible with other browsers is top priority, watch the roadmap for updates or follow Jared Zimmerman on Mastodon for announcements.
Currently Graze works with most all browsers that are built on Chromium including Google Chrome as well as browsers based on Firefox codebase. This includes Opera, Microsoft Edge, Vivaldi, Arc and an array of other popular and unpopular browsers.
Before asking about compatibility navigate to:
https://jmz.fyi/GrazeForChrome (Chrome based browsers)
https://jmz.fyi/GrazeForFirefox (Firefox based browsers)
to see if your browser is compatible with one or the other.
What does it look like when Graze is working correctly?
When Graze is working properly the “remote action” popup that shows when you follow, favorite, boost, post or follow users won’t show. So when you don’t see this popup on remote instances, Graze is working as expected!
Is my account information and passwords safe when using Graze?
Yes, Graze uses OAuth to privately and securely log you into your Mastodon instances, your password is never stored or sent to Graze. Graze uses the same method to log you into your account as the apps you'd have on your phone to access Mastodon.
How do I report a bug, issues, or feature request to improve Graze?
Graze uses Canny to collect user feedback, you can submit feedback here
Is Graze open source software?
Nope. I'm very familiar with open source software, the communities around it, and the cultures within those communities. I led Product Design & Research at Wikimedia Foundation (the company behind Wikipedia, Commons, and Wikidata) for 2 years. Graze is a personal passion project of mine that I've chosen to share with the world.
Please don't try to change my mind, sell me on Open Source, or question my decision. If you don't like that Graze isn't open source, don't use it.
Does Graze Support other Fediverse software (Pleroma, Misskey, PeerTube, Pixelfed, etc)
Not at this time, Mastodon is approaching 10 Million users, most fediverse platforms have less than 500k users. I'll reevaluate this as needed in the future.
It's right here https://graze.jaredzimmerman.com/.well-known/privacypolicy.html and its very short.
Do you currently or plan to make money off Graze?
You can donate to help fund the development of Graze.
I have a full time job, that has nothing to do with Graze.
There will never be ads in Graze.
There is no tracking or data collection in Graze, no 3rd party analytics (like crashlytics, or google analytics) in Graze.
There is no planned paid version of Graze.
I have no intention of selling Graze to another company or organization.
How do I Mention or Direct Message remote users with Graze?
From a timeline click on the ⋯ (overflow menu) at the bottom right of any post and choose Mention or Direct Message, from a user's profile click on the ⋮ (overflow menu) to the right of the Follow button and choose Mention or Direct Message.
How do I switch between two different accounts?
To switch you active account in graze, open the extension window from your browser toolbar and click on the avatar of the account you want to make active. Just remember when you’re on any of your home instances (logged into that instance) Graze cannot switch accounts on that instance. To quickly switch between multiple accounts on the same instance let Graze run in incognito and access the instance In an incognito or private browser window without logging in.
Is there a way to use Graze on a mobile / PWA?
No, it's not possible to accomplish what Graze does as a freestanding PWA (progressive web application), and Mobile apps already handle link redirects, so Graze is not needed on mobile.