"We were unknowingly infected with a follow-bot who caused significant technical and financial problems on our instance. Other instances, while knowing, did not warn us about that, but just silently unfederated from us. And it was even more effort getting federation back than it was to fix the follow-bot problem.

This could happen to everyone! Any instance can be a victim!"

"Now think about how 4channers ... can ... cause [any] instance to be cut off from a significant chunk of fediverse, without its admin noticing? Do we want to help them dismantle the fediverse?

Warn other instances' admins about bad things going on, not just silently unfederate from them!"

(A thread about some problems my instance bumped into - thankfully mostly resolved now, but there are some lessons for all to learn from this: embracing.space/@admin/1046260)

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Conclusion on our federation problems, lessons for other instances (3/3) 

Now think about how 4channers or other bad actors can create a similar bot on any instance with open registrations (or just having an user with a weak password), and in that way cause such an instance to be cut off from a significant chunk of fediverse, without its admin noticing? Do we want to help them dismantle the fediverse?

Warn other instances' admins about bad things going on, not just silently unfederate from them!

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Conclusion on our federation problems, lessons for other instances (1/3) 

All the previous post-mortem boils down to this: we were unknowingly infected with a follow-bot who caused significant technical and financial problems on our instances. Other instances, while knowing, did not warn us about that, but just silently unfederated from us. And it was even more effort getting federation back than it was to fix the follow-bot problem.

This could happen to everyone! Any instance can be a victim!

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@admin @porsupah Hi! I'm sorry for tagging you personally but I'm not sure if somebody is reading messages sent to @self . Maybe you can check it?

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@admin @self
Hi! I've noticed that you have unfederated from my instance embracing.space. Unfortunately, I have no idea what went wrong (I never received any related moderation reports), and I think that our values align very much.

Could you please check if it is a mistake? Or if anything indeed went wrong with some users of my instance, I would greatly appreciate some feedback so that I can deal with that.

Thanks!

@zen @admin
Hi! I've noticed on the "about" page of your instance (social.net.ua) that you have unfederated from my instance (embracing.space).
I have no idea why that could be, and I never received any moderation reports from you. Could you please tell me what was the problem?

So toot.cat is nice and all, but I'm currently trying to build another community :)

Off to embracing.space/@penartur

And just in case anybody needs to set up their own Mastodon instance for cheap, I've published a detailed step-by-step instruction there: github.com/penartur/mastodon-v

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you can summarize every private gnu mailing list thread with this tweet.

RT @andrewheiss@twitter.com
Excited to use this "Individual-1" business as an example of how to not anonymize qualitative data in a future methods class

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The correct way to apologize for misgendering someone is to say "sorry," correct yourself, and continue with your sentence. The longer your apology, the worse it is. No exceptions.

RT @nicolestamp@twitter.com
My university roommate just reminded me that one time, in first year, I signed up to be a guinea pig in a psychology study and it was the best study ever...

I strongly advise everybody to create their @MastodonProject@twitter.com account (mine is toot.cat/@penartur) and to configure crossposting from Twitter on moa.party

You don't have to actively use Mastodon, but at least you'll improve on the problem with network effect.

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Life is so weird... like, what if I identify as a different Mast instance than the one I was assigned at birth?

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This day has come. I cannot find an app I need in Microsoft Store.

Or, specifically, I cannot find any usable Mastodon client for Windows 10 Mobile. Not that latest Twitter UWA was great (and they killed their UWP app some months ago), but still...

And what remains now is for @TweetItBot@twitter.com to add @MastodonProject@twitter.com support.

BTW, I am @penartur toot.cat/@penartur

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