Some of you may have noticed from around the start of June that some of your followers have disappeared.
Long story short, I fucked up and that's on me. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. There's a technical reason behind it to do with users from other instances eating up disk space with their avatars/headers and Mastodon caches them forever.
By the time I realized it didn't make sense to restore the database from a backup because weeks had past.
Again, this is my fuck up. I didn't do enough testing and some relations were deleted unintentionally. The whole reason I did this in the first place was to reduce the amount of disk space Mastodon was using as to keep it less expensive to run. We were very close to needing to upgrade to a more expensive monthly server plan and it just didn't make sense to do so.
I try my best but sometimes things go wrong. I blame myself a lot but hopefully nobody is affected by this too badly.
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