Sorry, people, the server is a bit slow at the moment, the btrfs_cleaner has lots of work to do.

I have a request.

Bad actors will soon figure out - if they haven't already - that setting up impersonations of important organizations now will allow them to set off an explosion of chaos and confusion at a time of their choosing.

So if you run an account for an organization (especially #LGBTQ), please set up link verification between your Mastodon account profile and your organization's website.

If not, please boost.

Instructions are here under "Link Verification":

To all mastodon admins:

Hi! I’m Evan Phoenix, the primary author of puma, the ruby webserver that powers mastodon!

Please reply or DM me if you need tuning help! I’ve got no officiation with the mastodon, just want to see you succeed!

(Quick Tip: set WEB_CONCURRENCY to core count * 1.5 and then tune MAX_THREADS. High thread values will see diminishing returns!)

Starting this instance on a server with "some space and an IPv4 address available" was a naive thing. I'll figure out how to move to the bigger machine next week. So far everything worked with zero downtime, but moving to a bigger server might mean ~15 minutes unavailable when I either have to move a subnet or change IP address – or both.

Better.Boston service announcement/postmortem 

Our server has seen record numbers today. At 1:30pm EST, our server became backlogged and couldn't keep up with the number of posts that needed to be pulled from other servers.

This was noticed at 1:53pm, and we quickly used an idling server that was on standby to catch up on the backlog of posts (as soon as I got back from lunch)

The system fully caught up by 2:09pm EST, and seems to be back to full health.

#BetterBoston #BetterBostonAdmin

Worked without downtime: xl block-attach on the Xen side and btrfs add on the toot side did the job. But expect to be a bit laggier the next few hours since filesystem balancing is on the way.

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Five minutes downtime incoming around 18:00. I am going to add another virtual disk.

BTW: The 4.0.2 update will be either done monday or friday next week. So, be prepared for another 15 minutes of downtime.

Friday evening will mean 5 minutes downtime for adding space to the root filesystem. It will also mean 30 minutes of lag (as today) when the filesystem is balancing. BTRFS fun as always (no BTRFS vs ZFS flamewar, please).

The say rules currently say "no transphobic", but it's not fear (Phobia, Angst), it's just hate. So please provide me with a better word.

Reading through the pages I have not seen anything that can be punished under german law. But still so much hate. I am so happy with the decentralized Fediverse: Large platforms can be forced to contract (nice Kontrahierungszwang), here we first can say: 1. Go, build your own Fediverse instance, protocols are open! 2. Blocking your instance does not stiffle free speech, every potential recipient can look at your local timeline!

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For transparency: I just soft blocked a TERF ("trans excluding radical feminists") shithole instance. You still can add these TERFs to lists and stuff or follow them (why should you) but boosts won't propagate and some discussions might have holes.

updated to indicate only glitch-soc is affected. There are other security updates in mastodon 4.0.x so not wasted effort to update if not running glitch-soc

This message for everyone on the fediverse:

First, please ensure you go into your account settings and enable two/multi factor authentication. No, I mean do it right now. I’ll wait till you’re done.

Ok, thank you.

Now, if you are the admin of a mastodon instance running glitch-soc, please go upgrade to 4.0.2 ASAP.


Should we show the local timeline or the federated timeline for non-members clicking ?

Have a look at the public timeline as viewed from outside our topical community: You are awesome! Now let's continue our fight for safe roads for everyone. No more killed cyclists, no more killed pedestrians. It's worth fighting.

Am Montag, 14.11., ist ein 27jähriger Radfahrer in Gelsenkirchen durch einen Unfall ums Leben gekommen.
Es wird kurzf. ein Ghostbike am Mittwoch, 16.11. um 18 Uhr durch den ADFC aufgestellt.
Ein Zubringer ab Bochumer Rathausglocke wird ~16:45 stattfinden.

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@ricard Dear users of *this* instance. Please have patience. I'll probably do the upgrade from Mastodon 3.5 to 4.0 in two weeks. I did not do much rails stuff the last years, so I need some time getting accustomed to the procedures involved again.

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And one more. The official cargo bike symbol from the Ministry of Transport as blue tick. :cargo:

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