One of my users complained that they received spam from @email@example.com, whose timeline currently looks like:
It turns out this whole instance is screaming with spam red flags:
- It doesn’t verify email addresses,
- The site that the spambot is advertising, MastodonUserMatching.tk, is a redirect to vinayaka.distsn.org (which is on the same domain as the Mastodon instance), and
- The bot’s source has the same name (“vinayaka”) as the subdomain it’s spamming ads for.
I conclude that this instance is specifically deployed to allow and assist spamming, and as such, I’m suspending the 2.distsn.org domain effective immediately.
Free Radical is now on Mastodon v2.1.0.
The Free Radical policy on harassment is pretty simple: I will not allow anyone – local or federated – to let a guest feel unsafe. This is my living room and no one can come here and harass my friends.
My general guideline is to take the minimum action necessary to address a problem. If a guest can themselves silence an annoying person and that fixes it, awesome. If the problem escalates and requires dropping the banhammer on a whole instance, then so be it.
I wholeheartedly support other instances that do what it takes to protect their users.
https://freeradical.zone/ is way #under1000.
Free Radical is now on Mastodon v2.0.0.
Free Radical celebrates its 200th verified user.
The victory parade was well attended.
Free Radical is now on Mastodon v1.6.1.
The server was down from about July 5, 2017 11:30AM PDT to about July 6 8:15AM PDT. I rushed off an apt-get update and didn’t check its results before rushing off to something else. Sorry for any inconvenience!
I’ve set up monitoring with Uptime Robot to notify me about any future outages so you won’t be sitting in the dark.
On June 18, 2017 – a little over two months after launch – Free Radical got its 100th verified user. Onward and upward!
I made a celebratory baked potato, but since no one showed up to share it, I ate it myself.
Our user base has grown by 24% since yesterday, and at this rate we should have 100,000 users a month from now. I’m in talks with venture capitalists.