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Jacob Helwig @jhelwig@mastodon.technosorcery.net

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I need a couple more people to help me keep tabs on changes on pdxactivist.org/ and make sure nothing gross is happening. Is anyone interested?

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If you're running a #mastodon instance and it has more than just your personal toots housed on it -- you are responsible for the safety and longevity of that data. People are investing time and effort into communication on your platform. You owe it to them to keep regular off-site backups, and learning how to run this bloody thing so it doesn't explode on you one day and leave you saying: "why did docker delete my database", or " my vps provider shut me down, and I've lost all my user data".

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The Expanse; potential spoilers? Show more

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Please help @recompilermag@twitter.com, a zine you don't yet realize you absolutely need to exist. recompilermag.com/2017/04/17/c

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Let me clarify further:
This is a search engine that does not look at or respect robots.txt like all other major search engines. So if your instance is blocking search engines via robots.txt, this one doesn't care.

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PSA for all Mastodon admins:

There is apparently now a toot search engine that searches all public instances posted on instances.mastodon.xyz

Source IP - 199.233.246.49
Useragent - Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; en-US; tootbot/1.0) +tootsearch.com/bot.html
Search interface at: tootsearch.com

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I guess one up side of forgetting my phone in the car at the shop is that I know when they turn the car on to start checking it out. "iTunes would like to inform you that you started playing on another device".

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Get you someone who looks at you the way anime girls look at food.

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PSA animated gifs cause issues for some folks, please use static images for avatars and put gifs under a CW

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if you're engaging with people, federation comes naturally. that's more than enough.

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Rewrite:
I am sorry follow bots, I will block you.

Admins of servers: If you want more federation to your servers I recommend the following: Go out into the world and look for people yourself, hard the first time? Then create an account on another server and ask for help, then use the links to read on your home-server and follow people.
Look through who they follow etc.

Actually: Admins of servers: You can follow me. Not your bot!

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In summary:
- information on the server (including the DMs you send) are unencrypted.

- the person who runs your mastodon instance has access to the server and CAN access this unencrypted info. They may do this intentionally or by accident during maintenance.

- this is common across ALL messaging services, but since Mastodon servers can be small, it's easier to do than it would be on other services.

Be aware and toot safely, thanks for everyone who contributed! :sunglasses:

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I *would* like DMs to be encrypted. And I would also like Keybase identity proofs.

These are more reasonable to wish for than a pony!

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Level 1 fediverse posting: toots, tired memes, anime girls
Level 2 fediverse posting: meta-discussion of fediverse
Level 3 fediverse posting: old usenet memes, infosec stuff, supporting instances
Level 4 fediverse posting: lain
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🎺.β˜•οΈ And BTW: the reason I'm boosting toots about how admins have access to your DMs is because you deserve to be aware. That's why it's nice to be on an instance where you can trust the admin.

In case it's not clear: I will never sell your data or give this instance to someone who will. You all are my *family*, and I protect my family.

If for whatever reason you *didn't* trust me, I'd rather give the SSH keys to someone you did and give up the instance than keep being admin.