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

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.

Reminder: we're about a half hour away from the maintenance window. It might be extended this time, there's been a new release of Mastodon (2.7.1) since I upgraded the Docker images and they're rebuilding now.

This maintenance window got rescheduled, we’ll be upgrading the servers tomorrow at 15:00 ETC (20:00 UTC). Sorry for the shuffle!

Tomorrow at 14:00 EST (19:00 UTC) will enter a 1-hour maintenance window to upgrade the Mastodon software our instance uses. There will be some database migrations, so expect intermittent downtime and slow server responses. now has a plan in the event that @ashfurrow is suddenly, permanently rendered unable to administer the instance. As with our other docs, the plan is open:

It's a work-in-progress but this is a good starting point.

Upgrade completed! We’re running Mastodon 2.6.5, upgraded from 2.6.2. Releases notes are always at

Tomorrow at 4pm EST (21:00 UTC) will enter a maintenance window to update to Mastodon 2.6.5. This is a small update and we don't anticipate more than a few minutes of downtime during server reboots. Reach out to @ashfurrow with questions.

We just went down for a quick reboot to temporarily resolve a Sidekick problem, described here:

The solution is to update to 2.6.3, which @ashfurrow will try to do this weekend.

With a growing mod team, we've taken the time to better describe our moderation practices here: Please reach out to @ashfurrow with any questions. Have a great day!

Good morning and Happy New Year! We're happy to bring on our third mod to help us handle the increasing moderation workload: please welcome @bclindner to the team 🎉 I know you'll all make them feel welcome.

Going down for a quick reboot to try addressing some connection problems. Be back shortly.

Tonight at 18:00 EST (23:00 UTC) there will be a quick server reboot to apply security patches.

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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 and Brian! as moderators.

Hosting costs are largely covered by our generous supporters on Patreon – thanks for all the help!