Taking offline for a database repair operation. Not sure how long this will take, but I'd guess on the order of 30-60 minutes.

Will post on MeW if there are any issues which prevent the site from operating after that.

I'll be taking down a bit later today for a db repair -- apparently it got corrupted somehow.

[blames the Supreme Court]

This has a good chance of resolving the "422" issues @dredmorbius and @FiXato have been having.

Oh nice! I now get notifications when people join . This has been a much-needed feature.

Is it just me, or does not have any non-blocking I/O functions?

(Fortunately, we've come up with a work-around for the IMAP issues, for now, so I can get back to upgrading .)

I've taken care of a side-issue that was holding back distro-upgrades on the server. 🎉

Now I just need to do a bit of scripting to make sure I can easily/quickly do a database backup right before I start each possibly-destructive step of the upgrade process.

I need to figure out what to do about people signing up for and trying to use email addresses (usually outlook.com, but there's also HotMail and a few others) which reject email from our servers sight unseen. It seems to be a growing problem.

Friends don't let friends use Microsoft, but it'd still be nice if there was some way to at least warn people when they're signing up.

Thank you to the person (I don't know if they want to be named) who sent a smol birfday prezint!

I will make sure TC doesn't blow it all on sugar cookies. ^.^

turns 5 tomorrow. Should I do a t-shirt or mug or something? (Yes, I have artwork.)

...or maybe I should just do the #$%& software update, long overdue...

It recently came to my attention that one of our users, @ktsukik, has been harassing other users (including at least one of our own).

This problem first came to my attention about 20 minutes ago.

After a very brief conversation with the offender in which they confirmed their alignment with the forces of bullyment, I have suspended them.

I apologize to anyone who was negatively impacted by this user. (I do see one report of them from a couple of hours earlier this morning. Had I known how severe the problem was, I would have acted immediately.)

is a frickin' safe space and will remain that way.

Thank you.

I took a break from coding today, and instead did some coding.

(The latter coding was for the purpose of adding some additional tests and diagnostics to my vhost-testing utility.)

Result: (hub.toot.cat) is back online and upgraded, though it still has issues. I don't know when I'll have time to really dig into those and figure out what's going on. :-/

Also, I'm working out how to properly* back up for the first time ever so I can (cough) try to upgrade GlitchSoc finally without being in total terror of something going Tragically Wrong.

(*I run nightly file-backups, but that's not super-reliable at capturing database stuff. I also need to know how to snag all the media files, which are currently hosted on Jortage, but that can probably wait. I have also taken snapshots, but those are similarly unreliable unless the server is shut down.)

I just spent, uh, at least 20-30 minutes reporting spam accounts here on ; I kind of got behind when Firefox kept losing my tab setup. I'm on my laptop now, where the tabs are somehow still set up properly and thought I should check up on that...

Aiee. So many spam accounts.

Masto/Glitch really needs a better account review UI. The way I'm doing it is entirely a kluge made possible by the auto-follow feature.

Does anyone happen to know where in the Masto or GlitchSoc code the instructions shown at the top of this screenshot are kept, so that they can be modified? I need to put in a link to our new warning about Microsoft's email servers being chronically rude to me.

There's also a "re-send confirmation" page, to which it would be nice to be able to add a brief note and link as well.

Instance silenced: social.hendrixgames.com/users/ -- Trömpism (user is the instance admin)

Maybe I should have done a hard block so they can't follow people here? Advice welcome.

Given all the commercial signups we get (probably mostly by bots operated by social media promotion agencies), I kind of feel like it'd be worth trying this plan:

  1. Instead of just suspending accounts automatically, send them a bill for hosting -- say, a year for $5.
  2. If they don't pay the bill within X days, then suspend them.
  3. In the meantime, they'd get moved over to a separate instance, so other instances that want to block all commercial traffic could do so without blocking us.

We could call it purr.toot.cat ("purr" for PR).

instance block: pleroma.gnusocial.club 

This twerp @louis made a veiled death-threat towards one of my users.

We don't tolerate that kind of nonsense around here.

This post will stand as a record of the incident, and will be blocking louis's instance, gnusocial.club.

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Happy 4th Birthday ! 🎂 🎈

Our first toot was on this day in 2017.

It was confusing as fork, but I think I finally managed to get ownership (rather than just having some admin control) of the toot.cat domain -- just in time for the 2nd anniversary of my adminship. Woot!

What would be cool is if every time someone (or some bot) sets up an advertising site on , we shunt their account over to an instance specifically for commercial stuff and send them an invoice for, say, one year's service.

All the frozen-fruit instances would have to federate with it, because freeze peach and capitalism.

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