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" for PR).

instance block: 

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,

cc: @news @dthompson

Happy 4th Birthday ! πŸŽ‚ 🎈

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 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.

can now accept donations via LiberaPay πŸŽ‰ -- so now there's an alternative to Patreon for those who are able and willing to contribute to expenses.

I also need to set something up on OpenCollective, when I have the headspoons.

OMG, almost forgot!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TOOT.CAT! πŸŽ‚ 😹 :kestraglow:​

She be 3 years old today, and still totally adorable... even if she gets into everything now.

cc: @news

Please welcome @xenon to the admin team! :scipio:​:kitty_trans:​

We're hoping that her experience running* will enable us to be more proactive against spam and more responsive to abuse reports in general.

Thanks also to those who responded to the poll about advertising accounts; we will be generally taking a more active stance against them. ⛔​ πŸ’° πŸš«β€‹

Happy Boxing Day Boxing Day Boxing Day Boxing Day, and we hope this season finds you with pleasant company that sees you.


Fedichive has been blocked.

(on my wish-list for a long time: automatic blocklist-sharing among friends, be they instances or users)

cc: @kity @dredmorbius @eryn @alexis @zoe

Welcome to our humble instance, @malweene and @EugeneGBruno! Also a belated welcome to @cinnamon!

Please let me know if you have any questions. ^.^ :scipio:​

Also -- @meghanmarkle448, are you an actual person, or a name generated by a spambot? Thanks.

I really, really want a mod interface that allows for more dialogue between mods and involved users (both the reporter and the reportee, but mainly the former).

I just had an idea for keeping track of users who have been reported but we want to just keep an eye on them rather than blocking or silencing:

Have an account specifically for following problem-users, and give all mods access to it. Name it something that lets people know we're keeping an eye on them. If they take action against it, we can reciprocate.


cc: @kity

Would this make a good t-shirt? Is it funny, or is the cueing not right?


After intensive negotiations (via advanced technology specially engineered to allow communication both into *and out of* the Google Dome) we are pleased to announce that has acquired all assets and IP associated with the "Google+" social network service.

The exact details are secret and subject to NDA and press embargo, but it was in fact sold for $12.95 and some leftover potato chips.

...ha ha, just kidding!
No really.
<hides the G+ assets>

I just thought I'd draw attention to the latest upgrade, which now lets you edit the names of your Lists(!) -- as implemented by our very own @kity (ash) in less than a day and now part of the GlitchSoc distro.

I mean, like, wow -- how long has it been since Lists were introduced, and they couldn't be renamed until now? dafuq.

Anyway, I sent ash a tip for adding that leetle oversight; please feel free to contribute to ash's future work on this and other projects (see for links). is now a thing, though I'm still madly configuring it.

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.

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