Upgraded to 4.2.8

Free Radical is now on Mastodon v4.2.8.

Upgraded to 4.2.6

Free Radical is now on Mastodon v4.2.6.

Upgraded to 4.2.5

Free Radical is now on Mastodon v4.2.5.

Florida can go suck an egg, again

The Florida House of Representatives approved a bill to ban social media for kids under the age of 16. What is it with that hive of scum and villainy? There is zero chance, none, nil, that Free Radical will ask visitors to verify their age in a way that would require us to collect personal information. We’ll ignore goofy, unconstitutional laws from other states. If a jurisdiction I care about requires us to collect PII, I’ll move FRZ to somewhere more reasonable.

Upgraded to 4.2.4

Free Radical is now on Mastodon v4.2.4.

Upgraded to 4.2.3

Free Radical is now on Mastodon v4.2.3.

Upgraded to 4.2.2

Free Radical is now on Mastodon v4.2.2.

FRZ will ignore the Online Safety Bill

The UK just passed a stupid Online Safety Bill. As a point of fact, Free Radical is not subject to the UK’s laws. As a point of policy, I couldn’t care less about their goofy regulations. It might as well not exist as far as I’m concerned. In summary, Free Radical has no obligation to, and will not, enforce any bit of the Online Safety Bill (except where it coincidentally aligns with United States and California law).

Upgraded to 4.2.1

Free Radical is now on Mastodon v4.2.1.

Mastodon 4.2's content indexing gets it right

Mastodon 4.2.0 added per-user opt-in search indexing. I love this so much. People here have asked me to enable Elasticsearch on FRZ dozens of times. Of course users want to find toots easily without scrolling through hundreds of them! However, it presents significant privacy issues for people who don’t want their toots to be indexed. Who wants to make life easier for a stalker? The new feature handles this thoughtfully. I can enable the indexing feature at FRZ, but it doesn’t process a user’s toots unless they deliberately turn it on for their own account.