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For those who signed up at, porting all your stuff from one instance to another is REALLY EASY AND WORKS AMAZINGLY WELL, from what I can tell so far.

Thanks to @SSLCheckBot , I was able to fix 's SSL certificate renewal *before* it expired this time.

This is a valuable service.

Notes (very loose):

I finally put together a brief history of , inspired by the need to find a place for a quasi-historical link I came across:

Brace yourselves, folks -- we're having another onslaught of spambots here at .

They're a bit smarter this time -- they often give the account a "real name" and even an avatar.

I wish I'd known about Prime Day sooner -- I definitely would have made a push to get 's media off Amazon before it started.

Looks like it's on through Wednesday -- but I expect tomorrow's going to be pretty busy, at least in the morning. I have no idea what Wednesday will be like.


If I offered a NextCloud instance as a subdomain, what vaguely-cat-themed name should I give it?

...or just stick to the obvious ""?


It's kind of weird, having the @news account's notifs queue full of actual new users and mentions, rather than spambots all the way down.

The last spambot joined on June 2, 2018, at 1:20 PM.

I wonder if the operator got raided, got bored, or what.

cold rage: police violence against user & personal friend 

Information is still scarce at this point, but user @eryn has been beaten up and arrested for no apparent reason.

If nothing else, the video makes it clear how completely unnecessary this was.

I should probably start a wiki page for tracking information as I find out more.

For those who like their narratives full of technical chewyness, here's what happened last night on with the SSL certificate:

A belated greeting to @lazypantsadventures -- hello and welcome to !

Please feel free to ask me, if you have any questions; I only devour people *very rarely* these days. (burps delicately)

bug report I don't have time to file:

On the "about" page, "Home to $X users" shouldn't count users who have been suspended (especially since there's apparently no official way to actually *delete* them).

We now have 959 users, according to that count, but at least ~100 of those are spambots that I've suspended.

I'm tempted to say it shouldn't count silenced users either. I've silenced about that many likely spambots as well.

I'm tempted to file a trouble-ticket for Mastodon: in the moderation panel, when you're looking at a user report, there should be some way to (a) see if the user has posted anything, (b) access the user's public profile

...because right now, you have to go through a lot of gyrations to get that information (unless I'm missing something).


Installed Postfix on local server, reconfigured Mastodon to use that... and, oh yeah, you have to restart the SideKiq service, not just the web service.

I suppose this should have been obvious, but also nobody mentioned it ever.

And contrary to widespread belief, setting up Postfix is easy. <click>

Please let me know if you continue to experience any issues with email notifications.

-- your friendly TootCat Admin Team with a headache (no extra charge)

Still working on 's lack of outgoing email.

The problem is that I don't know what the problem is. There are no diagnostics. The email server works fine.

Yes, I gather emails are handled by SideKiq -- but I can't find any information about them there.

The other problem is that I don't know what the configuration options are; can't find documentation for .env.production.

Like, why does even need a SMTP relay account to send stuff? PHP doesn't. What's Rubyish for PHP's mail()?

Just in case anyone is worrying:

We here at are in this for the long haul. I've personally kept several public-interest web sites running continuously since 2005, despite all kinds of life chaos, and those hardly ever had any users at all.

TootCat, by contrast, is an active instance with over 800 users (and growing), and my plans are both to expand the services we offer and, eventually, to have it governed and operated cooperatively.

(We now return to our regularly-scheduled stream.)

The SideKiq queue is down to zero items, so I'm doing another test to make sure toots are federating in a timely way now.

update: there's a problem with IPv6 access. This will mostly affect mobile users. We know how to fix it but I'm afk at the moment.

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