Brace yourselves, folks -- we're having another onslaught of spambots here at #tootcat.
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 #tootcat'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 toot.cat subdomain, what vaguely-cat-themed name should I give it?
...or just stick to the obvious "cloud.toot.cat"?
cold rage: police violence against toot.cat user & personal friend
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.
#Mastodon 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).
#tootcat EMAIL PROBLEM FIXED i think!
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 #tootcat'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 #Mastodon 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 #tootcat 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 #tootcat SideKiq queue is down to zero items, so I'm doing another test to make sure toots are federating in a timely way now.
#tootcat 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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