we're mostly recovered, still a few small issues here and there but we can expect normal operation from here on out. still working on it, lmk if you run into any issues.
update: seems that masto is unhappy with migrating storage providers w/o copying over all files, so, doing so now. expect this to take hours, but in the meantime, images are gradually beginning to load again. apologies for the inconvenience, please bear with these growing pains as I mature our operations.
quick update, still investigating, there's something weird going on with the nginx media proxy. switched from a Wasabi backend to S3 to simplify the setup and eliminate some variables. will keep y'all posted on developments.
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we're back up, but experiencing an issue loading media; as a result, no avatars or images will show for now. I am actively investigating!
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schelling.pt will be going down for maintenance in 15 mins at 12:45 PM EST for at most 15minutes, until no later than 1:00 PM EST
during this time, I will be upgrading to a larger server, doubling RAM from 4gb to 8gb, as we've been cutting it close for a while.
apologies for the inconvenience, working to make the best experience for all y'all
feel free to contanct @pee_zombie on Twitter during the downtime if you need anything
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welcome new schelling point convergers! glad to see so many new "faces", hope you enjoy your stay.
i'm your local admin, when speaking in "admin voice" I use @locus, but feel free to direct any questions you have at either handle.
i'll be putting up some official rules and more guidelines soon, please feel free to provide input or feedback towards this end. i want this instance to be a collaborative project!
more coming soon, stay tuned! and make sure you're following @locus
i've identified the issue as being caused by an overwhelmed DB and have upsized it slightly, should hold us off for a while until i get better monitoring in place. apologies for the downtime!
If you are new to Mastodon and coming from the Twitter tide, here’s a few amazing Mastodon features that are NOT ON TWITTER. Enjoy! 🐘
1. Content Warnings CW ⚠️
It allows you to display a warning but hides the content of your post. Here’s a short guide I wrote about it: https://infosec.exchange/@Em0nM4stodon/109282181601490676
2. Slow Mode 😌
In Preferences > Appearance, you can select the option “Slow mode” to hide automatic feed updates. You will then have to click at the top of the timelines to see new posts (ex: “10 new items”).
3. Custom Emojis
When you write a post (called a toot here), you can select emojis that are custom to your server (called an instance here). In the toot field, click on the 😂 button in the upper right corner to see what’s available there. Some are really neat!
4. Mastodon is different
There is no suggestion algorithms here, no promotion, no ads. This is a community. You can be more of your true complex and unique self. Engage with others genuinely. Follow others you like no matter their followers count. Describe yourself and what interests you in your bio, you are not as limited by characters count here.
Be yourself. Leave the toxicity out, it is not valued here. Respect others. Be a kind human. Share what you love. Make friends
I'm still thinking about longer term sustainability, and how that might mean that to justify the time allocation might make sense to make this a paid instance (nothing crazy, with tiers ofc) but I recognize it's pretty hard to convince people to pay for a previously free service
anyway so I've fixed all these and have upgraded to latest masto (v3.5.3), which took about as much effort as I expected (had to upgrade one step at a time to account for migrations)
the server is still very much a pet, in the sense that it's manually groomed and cared for, nothing is version controlled nor managed thru IaC. this pains me greatly
hopefully this time around I'll make it more of a priority to manage it better
- the server was self-DDoSing bc the streaming API component was bootlooping as the node binary somehow became owned by root and hence inaccessible to the service user, so requests would fallback to the much less efficient REST api
- the version of masto i was on has a known issue where it is currently impossible to install with ANY version of node, bc some very specific dep with a binary module depends on a specific version of something which is no longer available online
if anyone is curious as to what was wrong, i've found and fixed the following issues:
- main nginx route had misconfigured TLS to use the wrong cert path, so even tho certbot was renewing, the new cert wasnt getting used
- media nginx route's TLS cert was configured properly, but was expired bc the cronjob broke
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seems like we haven't had images load for a bit over a week; apologies for taking so long to address this. the cause was that the SSL cert for the object storage domain (files schelling.pt) had expired, as I had forgotten to renew it at the same time as the primary cert for the root domain. I've resolved the issue & will try to find time to automate the cert renewal so that we don't face this issue again
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