Things took a bit longer than planned, and I was just happy to get a few hours sleep before morning - but every thing went relatively smoothly! There should be no issues for users, but if you notice anything please shoot me a message or reply here!
I know this isn't a big node, and likely no one was terribly inconvenienced - but if you were I'm very sorry! I take this seriously even though this node doesn't see much usage, and I really pride myself on achieving performance and up-time comparable to bigger services, while also being nothing like them by respecting privacy and being ad-free!
For those who care for details: a problematic database has used up so much space that I can no longer optimize any tables locally on this host to recover unused storage, so I need to backup and rebuild all databases that on this server. Hopefully this goes swiftly and without incident, allowing minimal damage to our near 100% up-time reputation! :)
I'll give this message a little while to propagate and then then proceed with this plan tonight. I apologize for the short notice and any inconvenience it might cause folks, but this problem came on fast and has me in to a tight spot (due to the limited storage space on this host) so I really can't afford to wait days or longer like I usually do between notices and maintenance action - I hope you all understand!
Just visit this account to join the forum: @The Linux Luser Group
When you want to post to the forum, or share something there, simply tag it just like you would a normal user, except replace the leading '@' with an '!' (only the leading one). That goes for any Friendica forum.
When you do this the post becomes a forum post* [b]and everyone in the forum can see & interact with it! It's a great way to get help to general questions you may have[b]**, start a riveting discussion, or just share an interesting post that your fellow forum users might appreciate!
I hope to see some of my fellow Lusers there! :P
* A couple of forum tips:
Click to open/close- If you want to ensure all of your normal followers also see your forum post, then you might want to share it aftwards, just as you would normally share a post from anyone - otherwise it will primarly be seen by the forum members, rather than your own followers. Usually this is fine as-is, but sometimes you might want to let your followers in on your forum posts!
- You can also share any existing post with a forum by simply adding the '!' forum tag to the post when you go to share it! This works with your own posts, or those from any other users - even users on other nodes / networks (basically, if you can share it normally, then you can also share it to the forum).
- Did you know that you can also create a forum of your very own (as well as several other non-standard account types) on social.linuxlusers.com? Feel free to make multiple accounts on here, so long as you have a purpose for them. A forum account is very similar to a regular account, but it has a few differences that allow it to behave like a forum. If you have questions just ask, or read up in the help section.
** a note about support related issues:
Click to open/closeAlthough it is fine to post general #fediverse / #friendica questions, @The Linux Luser Group is not strictly intended to be a support forum! While you may often see posts related to open-source software, it is not just for that either, and is In fact open for pretty much any topic! That said, if you have questions specific to your account, rather than general usage, you might be better off posting or private messaging me, rather than the forum.
The Friendica team does run their own support forum, @Friendica Support , however I encourage you to attempt solving the problem here first.There's a good chance that I, or someone in our forum, may have encountered your issue before. It would be great to save the offical Friendica forums for the less common issues that we cannot nail down on our own, such as things that might be actual software bugs.
By default social.linuxlusers.com does not list your account in the global Friendica directory, where other users might search and find you. Many users expect this by default, but it is done to respect privacy, and to comply laws in some countries (much like the cookie notice pop-up).
That said, it's very simple to have your account listed in the global directory, thus making it so other folks in the fediverse can find & befriend you! The option is found under "Security and Privacy" in your account settings!
Here's a trail of bread-crumbs to follow:
Settings > Account > Security and Privacy
Once you're there, look for the option titled "Publish default profile in global directory"
Just to be clear, doing this will publish your default profile information to the global Friendica directory and allow folks from other nodes to find you based on the information you've provided in your profile! Many users of a social networking site want this feature, but some others do not, and if it were enabled by default then they would be published before having the chance to disable this feature. So, I hope you understand. I also hope that this post is simple and easy to understand! If it's not let me know and I'll try to do a better job at explaining it! :)
Once the RC phase is over and the development branch goes back to being active we'll probably switch back to that - as it's been an overall good experience getting the bleeding-edge features and latest bug fixes, with no particular major problems. That said, there's always some risk with the dev branch, but in my experience any issues that do arise are fixed quite quickly, and the Friendica devs are quite good about making sure something is working well before merging changes.
However, I'm most interested in what you, the users of social.linuxlusers.com, have to say! My top priority is to give you the best experience possible! If you're on our node and not already following this account (maybe you're seeing it in the stream) then please follow! I'd love to see more of you here giving feedback and opinions! And if you have questions or concerns please feel free to message or comment here!