if you're a small instance and need some way to send confirmation email, and you can't just use your ISPs obscure email service - I can set you up with an SMTP account on my server that I use for all domains

Remember that you implicitly trust whoever runs that service though, so while it could easily handle 2000 outgoing emails a day, you probably don't want to trust me with that

#mastoadmin

Question #mastoadmin folk: whats the best way to get broader federation on a new instance these days? New server has a decent start but I hesitate to install a follow bot and relays seem messy.

Hello new faces and old! I know we’ve had some new and returning folks lately, don’t forget to give yourself a quick refresh on our rules here: meemu.org/about/more and definitely ask any of the staff ( @catgoat @Salem @piggy and @Sig or just DM this account) if you have any questions! 💜💜💜:meemu:

hey meemu users and meemu adjacent friends, April is meemu’s 5th birthday (and real life meemu’s almost-11th!). We’d like to celebrate, would y’all be interested in a meemu anniversary Jackbox game?

CSS Style For Identifying Undescribed Media 

Recently, several users expressed a desire for a way to quickly check if the images in the toot they were about to boost were described. It would be nice if Mastodon itself offered warnings for that, as well as for forgetting to describe media in your own posts, but until then, this is actually one problem admins can fix on our own!
All you need to do is go into the site settings and add a bit of CSS code that will display a red border around any undescribed media. There are two examples available, depending on how subtle or noticeable you want the border to be; experiment and see what you like!
gist.github.com/FiXato/3de505b
Thanks to @IngaLovinde for thinking of the starting code and @FiXato for improving on it! They did all the work here; I am just sharing this along.
Open this post in a new tab and look at the image to see how this can look like. The example image is my avatar, described in another pinned post.
#MastoAdmin #MastoDev

Howdy :meemu:​ folks! We're temporarily pausing open registrations for a bit! However, you can still invite your friends by generating an invite here: meemu.org/invites or by asking one of the mod squad to generate one for you :meemu:

Hello new faces and old! I know we’ve had some new and returning folks lately, don’t forget to give yourself a quick refresh on our rules here: meemu.org/about/more and definitely ask any of the staff ( @catgoat @Salem @piggy and @Sig or just DM this account) if you have any questions! 💜💜💜:meemu:

Announcement: The #Fedivision Song Contest is open for original submissions of music from now until Friday, 28th of May, 23:59 UTC! Please send your artist name, song name, your chosen ficitional country and a link to your song to this account here, I'll collect everything!

Voting will take place from Saturday, 29th 12:00 (noon) UTC to Sunday, 30th, 12:00!

fediverse crawler 

Requesting a whole bunch of posts (user-agent is already in my bad bots list, so it's just getting HTTP 503 responses):

IP address: 176.9.5.87 (RDNS ninja-crawler14.webmeup.com)
user-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; BLEXBot/1.0; +http://webmeup-crawler.com/)

#mastoadmin

hmmm that bug with the database backup script is still there apparently oof, back up now

#mastoadmin
good morning to everyone except the increasingly desperate owner of the fediverse scraper now hiding under the useragent "Tusky" (just that one word), seen at 135.148.33.117

fuck you
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Google is a "cornerstone sponsor" of FOSDEM this year, which is being run entirely on Matrix, accessible on Android via Element, which has just been pulled from Google's Play Store. FOSDEM is in a week. This all makes perfect sense.

something went amiss with the cert renewal but its back now F

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