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Hi everyone! We've updated to Mastodon v3.1.5:

github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/

As always thanks to Eugen and the rest of the Mastodon development team for all their hard work 馃檪

We've made some tweaks to the server to address the performance issues we've been experiencing.

Over the last 24 hours, does mas.to feel:

Regrettably we've had to deal with several instances of racist content over the last 24 hours.

We remind our users that we have a zero tolerance policy on racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia on this instance, in accordance with our instance rules.

Like many other Mastodon instances mas.to is paid for and run by private individuals. We do not owe any user a platform, and will actively remove any user who believes they can post racist, sexist, homophobic or transphobic content here.

HI THERE NEW USERS!

mas.to is one of thousands of Mastodon instances in the Fediverse.

For more information on how Mastodon works, look over here:

joinmastodon.org

Our instance rules and policies can be found here:

mas.to/about/more#Instance%20r

If you see automated spam or other content that violates our policies, help us by reporting it. You can do this from the '...' icon below the offending toot.

HI THERE NEW USERS!

mas.to is one of thousands of Mastodon instances in the Fediverse.

For more information on how Mastodon works, look over here:

joinmastodon.org

Our instance rules and policies can be found here:

mas.to/about/more#Instance%20r

If you see spam or other content that violates our policies, help us by reporting it. You can do this from the '...' icon below the offending toot.

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 馃檪

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! 鉂わ笍

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 馃檪

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 馃檪

Take care folks!

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!

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mas.to

Hello! mas.to is a general-topic instance. We're enthusiastic about Mastodon and aim to run a fast, up-to-date and fun Mastodon instance.