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.
I didn't want to screw over new users who had signed up and I didn't want to screw over everyone who had posted in the weeks since.
So the question is, where from here? Well, if you're not affected or don't particularly care then continue as normal! However, if you have noticed some followers are missing and you wish to ask them to refollow, I can dig those out from a database backup. Note this is a manual process and it may take a while but I'm happy to show I take this seriously.
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.
just like toilets in london, mastodon is now charging 20p every time you access
if you're reading this u owe me 20p
As with all communities people come and go, and unfortunately the same applies to Patreons, so if you can and want to support the instance even $4 makes a difference!
Multiple people donated towards the server costs (y'all are great <3) but the lack of a central place to donate was a problem, so I decided to create a Patreon.
Every contribution helps!
If you wish to donate a different way please send me a message
I am happy to reveal that a non-profit legal entity for Mastodon, Mastodon gGmbH, is in the process of being entered into the German company register.
For context, I have been operating as a sole proprietor so far.
It's been in the works for 8 months but I didn't want to announce anything until everything was finalized just in case it didn't work out. Yesterday, I paid in the starting capital.
It wouldn't be possible without the help and advice of @mellifluousbox. More to follow in blog form.
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A Mastodon server friendly towards anti-fascists, members of the LGBTQ+ community, hackers, and the like.