We are currently undergoing a spambot onslaught -- new accounts will be silenced until I arbitrarily and capriciously judge them, in my opinion, to be real users.
There was a server config issue causing some folks to get full-page 403 errors on visiting toot.cat.
The problem seems to be limited to visitors accessing the site via http without having recently accessed it via https, e.g. if you just typed "toot.cat" in the URL bar.
That's been fixed now.
I've also been seeing sporadic 50x errors pop up inside the Mastodon UI; that seems probably unrelated.
As always, please let me know if you know of any issues using #tootcat.
After some hunting around, I finally figured out that I needed to bump a couple of parameters *way* up -- like, from 25 to 100.
Latency is now back in reasonable territory and outgoing toots should be going through in a matter of seconds or single-digit minutes, not hours.
Let me know if this is not the case.
Technical stuff here: https://htyp.org/User:Woozle/toot.cat/2018/06/22
I think I asked before, didn't get any responses, and then didn't do anything.
A bit more time has passed, this account is a bit more connected to the actual #tootcat usership, so I think this time I might actually do it..
Does anyone have any objections to one of these becoming the site's favicon? (It would replace the standard Mastodon m-fist.)
Any prefs of one over the other? Comments?
I think I kind of like the wider one, but it might not work as well at icon size.
GitLab open sourced push mirroring and added it core. This is a great win for #decentralization!!! You can now run your own canonical GitLab instance & easily mirror to GitHub for findability.
Another reason why GitLab is #1
Welcome back to the team, Briar Rose! 🌹
Spammers may now witness the firepower of this fully-armed and operational instance.
In with all the spambots I see a new account called @townler, apparently intended as social media presence for an Australian dating site.
At minimum, they should agree to link to their toot.cat account on their home page and toot something about what drew them to this site -- just so I know they're not apamming every instance they can manage...
...but I'm more than halfway inclined to suspend without further review, even though commercial content is not against our current CoC.
Any new accounts that posted spam have now been suspended, and new accounts that haven't introduced themselves (<waves hi to zac>) have been silenced.
If you have been silenced but are in fact not a bot, please ask @woozle to un-silence you.
We'll continue silencing new accounts that follow the patterns I've noticed.
Everyone else: please do report any spam you're still seeing.
Thanks, everyone, and sorry for the nuisance!
NOTICE TO RECENT SIGNUPS: I'm going to give new accounts a minimum of 24 hours to show some signs of not being bots, and then suspend any that seem unlikely to be anything else.
So, as I said earlier: at least say hi or something. Give me something checkable in your profile. Do something non-botlike. If you're not sure, ask me and I'll personally give you a short Turing test.
I'm noticing a suspiciously large number of new signups with names that look like they were generated by an algorithm.
Can the new folks within the past 48 hours or so please introduce themselves? Thanks!
We're back, I think... need to see how federation is doing.
Site news. Toots will be infrequent and only when there's something relevant. Really.
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