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Thank you to @SuperFloppies for building this and to @sporiff for helping test it ❤️

Almost forgot! Mastodon 2.8 release notes are here:

Keybase integration requires some more setup that we're working on now.

On Saturday, April 13, at 10:00 EDT (14:00 UTC), will enter a maintenance window to upgrade to Mastodon 2.8.0. Expect periods of downtime while we reboot servers, apply database migrations, etc.

Okay, got the ElasticSearch problem sorted out – turns out ES goes into a read-only mode once the disk gets full, and needs to be manually unstuck. This blog post was helpful:

Sidekiq jobs have stopped failing; I'll keep the re-index job going (to fill in the gap while ES index was read-only). Thanks again!

Alright, not sure what's up with the search indexes. The volume it was on was pretty full, too, so I've also moved it over to a larger hard disk and have begun re-indexing. Hopefully Sidekiq indexing jobs stop complaining after that. Expect some degraded performance as those search indexes are sync'd.

Thanks everyone for your patience!

Reboot complete, the new database location seems good. I'm noticing some (possibly unrelated) problems with search indexes, which I'm investigating now.

Half-hour warning: expect at least a few minutes of downtime.

The server volume used to store our Mastodon database is running low on memory; today at 15:00 EDT (19:00 UTC) we will be going down for maintenance to migrate to a new volume. Expect a few minutes of downtime while files are copied.

Thank you for the reports of the spammer; the account has been suspended. While the account claimed it has finished its campaign, we will continue to investigate ways to mitigate future attacks. Have a good day, everyone.

The m.t moderation team is aware of the current spam problem. If you see questionable posts, please report them. We’re investigating options and will share any solutions we figure out with the Mastodon admin community. Thanks!

The servers need a quick reboot in ten minutes; expect a minute of downtime.

Tonight at 8:00 EST (01:00 UTC) there will be a small period of downtime while software updates are installed and the servers are rebooted.

Good morning! After demonstrating constructive participation in and good judgement in reporting incidents, I am pleased to welcome @danielhglus as a new moderator. Please make them feel welcome 🤗

Okay, that fix has been deployed!

m.t is now running the latest release of Mastodon: 2.7.1. Release notes are here:

If you see any problems with the instance, please let @ashfurrow know. Thanks again for your patience, and have just a swell evening 🤗

The problem looks like a small merge conflict problem, which has been fixed here:

Once the Docker image builds, I'll restart the server and we'll leave the maintenance window. Thanks for your patience, everyone!

Upgrade is completed, but an icon indicating the number of replies is missing. I'm looking into it.

Okay, the new image looks good on staging, going to begin the production upgrade. Expect slowness and intermittent downtime.

The images are taking longer to build than I'd hoped, so I'm going to extend the maintenance window. 2.7.1 includes a few security patches, so it's worth taking the time to leapfrog 2.7.0 entirely. I'll keep everyone posted.

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Mastodon for Tech Folks

This Mastodon instance is for people interested in technology. Discussions aren't limited to technology, because tech folks shouldn't be limited to technology either!

We adhere to an adapted version of the TootCat Code of Conduct and follow the Toot Café list of blocked instances. Ash is the admin and is supported by Fuzzface, Brian!, and Daniel Glus as moderators.

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