In other news, spambots are increasing turning their attention to Mastodon instances. This instance is actively moderated and we do try and stem the flow of spam accounts, but we need your help!

If you see a spam toot, do please report it so that we can keep our instance tidy 🙂

Hi everyone! I hope that everyone's coping in these difficult times.

Usually at the start of the month we'd run a fundraiser to cover the running costs of this instance, but we're going to skip this again this month due to the hardships many of our users might be facing.

Stay safe and stay well! ❤️

We've removed the block of recent spam registrations and have blocked the offending IP addresses to try and prevent future issues. Registration is now open again.

Hi everyone, due to a recent surge in spam registrations we've temporarily moved to approval-based registrations. We'll move back to the normal registration model once we've dealt with these.

Hey, Mastodon v3.1.3 raises the minimum required version of Redis from 3 to 4. I have now included a bold warning about this in the release notes -- I'm sorry I haven't done so from the start.

So, after carrying out some forensic investigation on what went wrong, it appears that our upgrade to a newer version of Redis didn't work. It looked like it had, but hadn't.

We've corrected the issue with Redis and everything appears to be _properly_ working now, but we'll monitor the situation.

Unfortunately because of the nature of the issue the @trumpet account didn't receive any of your messages saying there was a problem!

Apologies for any inconvenience caused folks 🙂

The issue affecting our timelines has been resolved. Thanks for your patience!

We've been made aware of an issue where the federated timeline is showing our local timeline, and are investigating.

As it's the start of the month we'd usually do a fundraiser to help cover the costs of running this instance.

This month, due to the global situation with Covid-19, we'll skip the fundraiser and simply ask our users to stay safe and stay well 🙂

Take care folks!

Hello everyone! We run mas.to as a free service because we love Mastodon and the fediverse, but it costs us money! Once a month we reach out with an appeal to our users for donations to help with our running costs. Even small donations are a great help, and all donations are very much appreciated!

PayPal: paypal.me/mysteryvortex
Bitcoin: 1mG9mvpTnx2gv281mELaQu3tjC2dUM8RR
Ethereum: 0x4cFf1Af8A322507E2ef8ac1b8Cb9a539aD8671fB

The migration process shouldn't have caused any problems but do let me know if anything is misbehaving. We did move to a new IP address but our DNS was changed before the move and so should have already taken effect for most people.

Hi everyone! Our migration went reasonably smoothly but not perfectly.

Our first attempt to backup and restore the (compressed) 33GB* of core Mastodon files and databases failed. We tried again with uncompressed data and the migration worked perfectly.

The whole process took just over an hour.

The instance should now be more responsive, and we have plenty of room for future growth.

* Our media is stored in external object storage totalling around 1TB, but didn't have to be moved.

Okay, we'll be going offline in 5 minutes. Back soon...

To answer the question that precisely zero people have asked so far, we don't _need_ to upgrade at the moment and have plenty of capacity to spare, but we have the opportunity to do it now.

It seems a better idea to upgrade when we want to rather than when we need to!

Hello everyone! A reminder that we'll be offline tomorrow (Wednesday) morning from 10am GMT. We're moving to a new server which will keep us running smoothly into the future 🙂

Hopefully this shouldn't take more than an hour, it just depends how long it takes to move the data.

If you have any issues connecting after the upgrade try clearing your DNS cache, as we'll be on a new IP address.

⚠️ #Mastodon v3.1.2 is out with an important security fix:

github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/

Likewise, v3.0.2 and v2.9.4 have been released to port this fix to older versions.

HEY THERE. We've updated to v3.1.2 of Mastodon and that can only be a good thing, right?

github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/

Hi everyone, we had a few minutes of downtime due to essential maintenance. Everything is back up and running now 🙂

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mas.to

Hello! This is mas.to, a general-purpose, predominantly English-speaking instance. We're enthusiastic about Mastodon, and want to make this instance special. We've settled on a nice, short domain name, keep up-to-date with the latest Mastodon updates and features and want to make an easygoing and fun place to interact with other Mastodon users.