FAQ About Graze for Mastodon
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Graze uses Canny to collect user feedback, you can submit feedback here
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.