On donations

I’m neither set up, nor willing, to receive donations. There are many fine instances that depend on financial contributions, but this is not one. If you’d like to support Free Radical, please: Donate to another instance Use something in a way its creators never intended Help a friend install something cool Tell us what you’re listening to (mark it with the #nowplaying tag) Buy coffee for a stranger Slip $5 to a hungry person These make the world nicer and more fun.

Upgraded to v2.6.5

Free Radical is now on Mastodon v2.6.5.

Upgraded to v2.6.2

Free Radical is now on Mastodon v2.6.2.

Upgraded to v2.6.1

Free Radical is now on Mastodon v2.6.1. I’ve also tweaked the behind-the-scenes config a little bit. If you run into anything unexpected, please let me know what you’re seeing, what platform you’re on, and what browser/client you’re using. Thanks!

Upgraded to v2.5.1

Free Radical is now on Mastodon v2.5.1.

Upgraded to v2.5.0

Free Radical is now on Mastodon v2.5.0.

Upgraded to v2.4.5

Free Radical is now on Mastodon v2.4.5.

Upgraded to v2.4.4

Free Radical is now on Mastodon v2.4.4.

Yes, Russia.

I previously said that the Russians are coming. Yes, I meant it. In the last two weeks, I’ve had registrations from 25 accounts that flagged themselves as bots. Of those, about half went on to post exactly one spammy toot. Of these, 24 of them had email addresses that were hosted by mxsrv.mailasrvs.pw. That one server itself is hosted by DigitalOcean, an American hosting company. The other email address is from a domain without a designated mailserver (that is, it lacks an MX record).

The Russians are coming

This updates my last blog post where I said that we’re getting a flood of spambots. Summary: if you’re an admin affected by this, you must act now. I’ll cut to the chase. It seems that this week’s collection of spammer registrations come from Russia. I think that the spam they’re sending today is a probe to see who will respond to it. My prediction is that instances who don’t act quickly will see those accounts stop posting and drawing attention to themselves.