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Further updates here: I found that running queue-specific processes is helping a lot! Found that in this scaling doc and found a few settings to adjust when I posted in the Mastodon discord. I also enabled pgbouncer and scaled up a few of the values specified here: docs.joinmastodon.org/admin/sc

Thanks a ton to @Gargron for the help! We're not at 100% just yet, but I'll let you folks know when everything is processed.

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Hey folks, just letting you know I'm aware of all the lag happening on Merveilles with timelines, image uploading, and both receiving and sending toots between instances.

I believe I know the source of the problem, and I'm working on it today. I'll let you know when there are any updates!

At Day of the Devs in SF today if any of y'all are there! :D

Wondered about this because I was curious, but the DigitalOcean region our instance is hosted in (FRA1) is powered by 100% renewable energy, according to this article! madebymutual.com/blog/is-digit

That feels pretty nice :3

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In addition, if anyone has any suggestions for how to better mitigate RAM usage, definitely let me know that as well. I've had issues with our limited RAM ever since I enabled full-text search, and there _should_ be a way to handle this without increasing our droplet size on DigitalOcean.

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Since we've had a RAM usage problem for years now, I added two commands to our server's cronjobs to restart Sidekiq (that handles most of the things Mastodon does to federate with servers, follows, toots, etc) and to restart Elasticsearch (that enables our full-text search).

If anyone sees any strange behavior, definitely let me know!

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Please add alt-text to your images.
It’s usually quite easy to do in most apps.

It’s extremely helpful for individuals who have a hard time comprehending or seeing an image.

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We made a project page for the Merveilles burgee. Included dimensions for those who'd like to make one :>

100r.co/site/burgee.html

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I need to step away from this place for a bit, for help with onboarding, get in touch with @somnius

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Merveilles.town Financials, August 2022 

Income
Patreon: $103.43
OpenCollective: $2.54
Ko-Fi: $32.62

Total: $138.59

Costs
DigitalOcean: $62.60
Mailgun: $1.11

Total: $63.71

Income to Date
$5,343.68

Costs to Date
$3,259.32

Money left over
$2,084.36

docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d

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Jen, came in to see what incredible things the engineers and artists had come up with. Everyone was staring at a television set hooked up to a development box for the Sony Playstation. There, on the screen, against a single-color background, was a black triangle.

web.archive.org/web/2012022900

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Merveilles.town Financials, July 2022 

Income
Patreon: $105.43
OpenCollective: $21.53
Ko-Fi: $8.96
Liberapay: $12.39

Total: $148.31

Costs
DigitalOcean: $62.60
Mailgun: $1.31

Total: $63.91

Income to Date
$5205.09

Costs to Date
$3195.61

Money left over
$2009.48

docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d

For that last boost: we have those instances already blocked, thankfully. Ever since some rando from freeze peach extremist harassed us with racist, homophobic rants when we first put up the instance in 2018, I've made it a policy to defederate immediately when an instance goes against our guidelines.

Also somehow a post from our instance is in that screenshot at the top of that shitty website >:( we're looking into getting that removed.

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Statement on “Join The Fedi” jointhefedi.com is a website owned by known “gender critical” activist Alex Gleason. The domain name and SEO is clearly designed to appeal to individuals curious about the fediverse, and potentially take traffic from joinmastodon.org. Unfortunately, Gleason does not have the best intentions when it comes to helping the fediverse grow. Gleason formerly contributed to other fediverse projects, before being removed from doing so due both his behavior and poor code quality. This is a problematic individual, recommending problematic services.

Join The Fedi has an explicitly right-wing agenda and seems to only promote instances which either a) run the “Soapbox” front-end software created by Gleason himself or b) advertise themselves as “free speech” instances. As of right now, the site actively recommends the following instances:

In other words, Gleason is using the site to promote his own agenda rather than simply gain more users into the fediverse. This is not a site that should be recommended to new users. I would recommend using https://joinfediverse.wiki/ instead!

Thank you!

Open question for the fediverse: is there a Tweetbot-like app that exists for Mastodon?

I really like how Tweetbot lets me keep track of my timeline read position and syncs it between all my devices, but I'm not aware of any options like that for Mastodon.

I've been using Toot! and that works quite well, but doesn't sync my timeline positions between devices.

Just added the style updates from @drisc to the Town! Thanks for adding those, cheers :3

See the PR here: github.com/merveilles/merveill

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Revel in the marvels of the universe. We are a collective of forward-thinking individuals who strive to better ourselves and our surroundings through constant creation. We express ourselves through music, art, games, and writing. We also put great value in play. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.