Free Radical is now on Mastodon v3.1.0.
As of now, I've enabled Matomo web analytics on this blog (and others I control). I chose this for two main reasons: the software respects users' privacy and all data is stored locally (and never shared with third parties). I wanted to see aggregated
Today I set out to migrate Free Radical's database from a small, disk-limited server running on the same host as the FR application server to a vastly beefier system. This should make larger database operations a lot faster, and backup processes won't bog down
mastools v0.2.0 is now available. It adds a new mastools show-unconfirmed-users command, along with a model for the users table. More info is at https://pypi.org/project/mastools/ .
Free Radical is now on Mastodon v3.0.1.
Free Radical is now on Mastodon v3.0.0.
freefedifollowers.ga was spamming dozens of users with thousands of follows. As it seems that there’s nothing of value on that instance, I suspended it.
Free Radical is now on Mastodon v2.9.3.
I’m suspending the kiwifarms.cc instance. Their public timeline is full of literal Nazi content, pedophilia advocacy, and aggressive trolling. I’d put this off because I hoped it wouldn’t be needed, but there you go.
The GitHub content that used to be hosted under https://github.com/kstrauser/freeradical is now at https://github.com/freeradical-dot-zone, in separate repos for Ansible, scripts, and content.
The weedis.life domain seems to be a ghost ship that is intent on DoSing users by sending them a million follow notices. I’ve suspended them.
Due to overwhelming feedback from our users, Free Radical is suspending connections to Gab.com and its affiliates. If there is content there that you wish to see, please consider creating an account directly on their instance.
At their admin’s suggestion, I’m silencing (not suspending) the anime.website instance due to uncensored NSFW content. Same as always: I won’t stop you from following users there. This just keeps that out of the federated timeline.
Free Radical is now on Mastodon v2.9.2.
I’m silencing the baraag.net instance, whose about page says: This instance welcomes loli, shota, fan works, graphic violence, and any sexual depiction expressed as a piece of fiction in subject or setting. Follow them if you want to, but that’
Free Radical is now on Mastodon v2.9.0.
Our new Pixelfed instance is available at https://pix.freeradical.zone/ . The Pixelfed project is still pretty young (and so is our installation!) and we’re still ironing out the kinks, but it’s mostly ready for testing now. Sign up and
Free Radical is now on Mastodon v2.8.4.
Free Radical is now on Mastodon v2.8.3.
Free Radical is now on Mastodon v2.8.2.
Keybase recently announced native support for Mastodon verification. Free Radical is now supported by that system, so you can log into Keybase and prove that you own your Mastodon account to get a spiffy green checkmark on your profile.
Free Radical is now on Mastodon v2.8.0.
Free Radical turns two years old today! Since joining: The fediverse has grown from 250 instances to nearly 2,000 active ones. The network went from 100,000 users to nearly 2.2 million. Free Radical has grown from 1 user (me) to 1,
I’m silencing (not blocking) two instances dedicated to NSFW content. If you still want to follow users on them, please do! I mainly don’t want them filling our federated timeline, but I have zero desire to prevent anyone from seeing it who
Free Radical’s 1000th user joined today. Thanks to everyone who’s helped make this project fun, interesting, and fulfilling. Much love to all!