Supporting a few people have asked about how to support The short answer is you don't have to. But if you want to help us meet our costs (about $20/month) we now accept contributions at upgrades! The "A look inside..." preview on the non-logged-in home page will now show just (externally visible) posts from this instance, not the known fediverse, which should give potential joiners a better idea what's up here. upgrades! I've set a hero image so the initial sign in page and link preview when sharing the url will both look a little more custom and a little less default.

With G+ going away, I'm going to invest a little more time here to provide something a little similar (hopefully). To that end, expect to see a little more activity on a few fronts.

Folks should now reliable get notification emails, registration emails, all that. Which makes self-serve!

Okay, so I am proud to say I think I have finally solved our email problems once and for all.

Hey folks, sorry for the momentary downtime. As part of looking in to our issues sending email I upgraded Mastodon on a whim. We're not back and on the latest and greatest. now sitting at around 800 users, which is a thing I never expected.

FYI, did a quick update this morning for an urgent security patch. Everything should be good now.

Best guess on problem: something went wrong in the database, which led to Mastodon being stuck in its regular cleanup task using the entire CPU.

The best way to get the db out of this state was the migration that happens as part of upgrades.

These are all wild guesses, nothing concrete enough to track as a bug on the Mastodon codebase.

And we're back!

Last night around 1 AM PST something maxed the CPU on our tiny virtual server. It was pegged so hard the machine was unresponsive. I restarted it, and it didn't come back up cleanly. Unable to get it to settle down, I went back to our last snapshot, which happened just before the machine went wild. (Maybe related to why it went wild?)

I was unable to stand that up either, and ended up upgrading that snapshot to the latest Mastodon code, which somehow unstuck it.

@not_another_mike notification emails? Registration emails are sending, like always, though a mail service which can in many cases get filtered. But they are still sending.

@gamethyme no problem. Had to step away for a meeting in the middle and started late, it should have been much shorter.

Aaaaand we're back, with now running the latest and greatest Mastodon code.

More specifically: I am a noob at docker and didn't want to lose anyone's data. But the latest releases of Mastodon have some features I'd like, and the guide I used to set up this instance added a "how to update" section, and I set up automatic daily backups, so it seems like time to bite the bullet.

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