馃挏 Thank you 馃挏 to all the Patrons for their help funding the hosting costs of mastodon.technology! Extra thanks to the following users:

@wakingrufus
@brion
@jacek
@sentience
@yakkoj
@fuzzface
@fool
@universal_traveler
@huntra
@kazooboy
@fitz
@stefan
@zalasur
@knd775
@jhulten
@ozoned
@fimion
@brunoph
@dathagerty
@CodingItWrong

And our awesome moderator team, too:

@fuzzface
@bclindner

I really appreciate the help & support, especially this month :blobcatfingerguns: Have a great day everyone!!

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Please note that, as of yesterday鈥檚 upgrade, mastodon.technology no longer supports Keybase verification. See here for further details: github.com/mastodon/mastodon/p

We have completed the upgrade of Mastodon from v3.4.6 to v3.5.2 鈥搚ou can read the release notes here: github.com/mastodon/mastodon/r

We'll be monitoring the server but the upgrade went smoothly and we're not expecting any further complications. Reach out to @ashfurrow with concerns/questions.

The server is handling load a lot better today, since our config changes. We have re-opened signups. Thank you for your patience 馃檹

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Sidekiq queues are cleared. Image uploads are working again and the instance is operating normally. We'll evaluate re-opening registrations tomorrow.

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Additionally, image uploads are currently not working. The issue will resolve once our Sidekiq queues clear up.

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We have also temporarily paused account deletions because they place a heavy load on us.

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We have temporarily closed new account registrations while we sort out some scaling issues. Existing users may still invite their friends at mastodon.technology/invites

Thank you for your patience while we work through this 馃檹

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Server performance is currently degraded due to the influx of new users to the fediverse. Expect delays with federated posts, link previews, and even local interactions.

Mastodon works through a kind of 鈥渆ventual consistency鈥 and this is how it handles increased load. Thanks everyone!

Here are the DigitalOcean graphs for mastodon.technology over the past 7 days, and the past 24 hours. Yesterday required us to rebalance our resource utilization (before this week, we were over-provisioned and were preparing to decrease server resources to save costs 馃槄).

I think we're in an okay spot. We don't have a lot of headroom left. Fingers crossed today. We may need to close new registrations, but we'll be upfront if we make that decision.

Hello everyone 馃憢 We have a lot of new users, so, welcome! :mastodon:

Just a head up that this instance is moderated by a team who are fairly progressive, and who enforce our rules. If you see something breaking the Code of Conduct, please use the report feature. You can find the rules here: mastodon.technology/about/more

Thank you and take care!

The upgrade is complete and we're monitoring the system.

The admins reserve the right to do further reboots for a little while, but, otherwise the maintenance window is over 馃帀

We upgraded from Mastodon 3.4.1 to 3.4.5 and you can read the release notes here: github.com/mastodon/mastodon/r

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Less than a half hour to go before the maintenance window.

This is the first (!) upgrade to Mastodon that we've done since moving off Docker last summer, so, send @ashfurrow positive vibes only please.

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Tomorrow afternoon, at 4pm EST (21:00 UTC) this instance will enter a maintenance window to apply software updates. Expect intermittent downtime. We will post once the maintenance window closes.

To the latest influx of new users: welcome! Everyone is welcome here as long as they follow our rules, which are here: mastodon.technology/about/more

And unlike some other social networks, we actually enforce our rules 馃槈

The best advice I can give is to follow lots of people 鈥 you can always unfollow someone later if you want. Check out the local timeline and use hashtags to find people with cool interests. Good luck, and have fun! :blobcatfingerguns:

In five minutes, the instance server will be rebooted. Expect a minute or so of downtime.

We have completed the maintenance! Please let @ashfurrow know if you see anything not working correctly. We might have intermittent reboots throughout today as we adjust things.

Please note that we鈥檝e had to temporarily disable our ElasticSearch capabilities, so search on m.t will be reduced to basic functions for a few days.

Thanks for your patience and take care!

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Reminder: Friday morning EST will have extended downtime while server upgrades are done.

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