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Brief Outage


So, we had a brief unexpected outage today. I put off an upgrade on the VPS for too long and it came back to haunt me. Services may be a little lagged today as everything resynchronizes with the rest of the network.


Blank Page Issue Workaround


Hey all,

With the increased traffic on the network lately, we've been having some intermittent issues with people's feeds coming up as just a blank page. If you've been having problems with this, you can alleviate the issue by reducing the number of posts that show up per page on your feed.

You can find these settings by going to: Settings ➡️ Display ➡️ Content Settings

...and then changing "Number of items to display per page" and "Number of items to display per page when viewed from mobile device". I currently have mine set to 10.
So this appears to be a known memory issue in the Friendica code. A fix is already being worked on, and if nothing else, a new release is slated for some time in December.

For more details, see:
https://github.com/friendica/friendica/pull/12190


Noticed that there had been a new stable release of the Friendica software that I hadn't noticed. Upgrading the software while the network is under such strain was a little harrowing. The database migration failed, but I was able to recover.

Everything should be good now. Please contact @Jonathan Lamothe (he/him) ❌ if you encounter any issue. I can also be emailed at jonathan@jlamothe.net.


We've been having some congestion issues on this node (perhaps due to the increase in traffic on the Fediverse in general). Sometimes feeds are just showing up as blank screens, but it seems to happen infrequently and only lasts for a couple minutes.

If you're having persistent issues, you can DM me, or let me know by email at fedi-issues@jlamothe.net, and I'll look into it.


Friendica 2022.06


And we are now running the latest version of Friedica. I had some apprehension about the upgrade since everything broke when I tried the release candidate a while back, but everything seems to be running smoothly.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions/issues.


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This node will be going down for an OS upgrade in the next couple of hours and will probably be down for the better part of the day.

See you on the other side.
@fuomag9🥝 I actually went from Ubuntu to Debian. I'm still cleaning up some of the fallout from the changeover. It was a little less clean than I expected.
the thing I hate the most about debian is that not all tools are in the path by default, and I'm like WHYYYY


New Users Forum


!New User Forum
Hey all,

In an attempt to help new users to find each other, I've created a New Users Forum. This message has been posted to that forum. Please feel free to drop in and introduce yourselves.

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If you'd like to introduce yourself to others, simply reply to this post.

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TOS Update


I've amended the Terms of Service to include trolling as a bannable offence. This still falls within the overarching theme of "don't be a dick".


Email Outage


Due to a misconfiguration, our outbound SMTP credentials were compromised. After an investigation, I was able to determine how this was done and correct the issue.

There is no evidence that the attacker was able to compromise user accounts, so you do not need to do anything. What this does mean is that outbound emails will not be working today, but should resume working by tomorrow. This means no email notifications and no password resets.

I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Looks like we had a spambot. I blocked them but couldn't figure out why my mail provider kept blocking SMTP access. It's because I forgot to clear postfix's outbound mail queue, so as soon as I'd re-enable it, it'd just resume sending the old spam again.

In short, I'm an idiot.
Temporarily sending outbound email through Gmail's SMTP instead. It works, but ugh...


Invitation Link Not Working


Hey all,

I've managed to get the email system working (almost) perfectly now. The one thing that's still not working is the link to invite someone to the node. It will say that an invitation email has been sent when it actually hasn't. This seems to have to do with a bug in the Friendica code itself that I have reported upstream.

In the meantime, you can work around this by copying the text of the invitation and emailing it yourself, or you can just direct them to https://social.jlamothe.net to register their account.

I apologize for any inconvenience.

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