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Closing new registrations on iSurf Social for now


!iSurf Support

Hi all,

I've been noticing some interesting performance issues here on iSurf Social, so I'm shutting down new registrations for the time being until I can figure things out a bit.

If you know of someone who you'd like to recommend or allow in as a user here, don't hesitate to let me know, as I'm open to that. Closing the registrations is just to control the accessibility to the general masses for the time being.

Thanks!



!iSurf Support I'm getting a lot of friend request spam and there is nudity that should be blocked in community section.

@Adam Clark Actually that spam was from "pawoo.net", however I haven't though that you could be interested in those kind of feedback, next time I'll keep you posted!

(@Daniel)

Thanks very much, will be appreciated in the future, and I am getting more tempted to block pawoo. We'll see how things go.



We're on the RC code!


!iSurf Support

Hi all,

If you had issues logging on at all tonight, it was due to a further attempt to get on to the new Friendica Release Candidate. Fortunately, due to the abilities of one of the developers, Mr. @Hypolite Petovan , the issue causing us all the problems was found and there will be suggestions & improvements filed.

Thanks very much, @Hypolite Petovan, and to everyone else on the system, enjoy the improvements! If nothing else, a variety of bugs have been fixed and the back-end database structure has had further improvements.

Thank you so much for all the efforts you all do for this :)

Looks like the issue is already resolved and we're now running on the updated code.

Yep, you could restore your web server configuration and it would now work.

I don't know if I'll go back - I think as we saw from the documentation, going with the default value is fine and shouldn't pose any problems.

I say that and something else is going to crop up, isn't it... heh.

I don't think you should either, but you *could*.
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Likely more up date attempting on Sunday


!iSurf Support

Hi all,

I'm not sure if you've noticed along the way or not, but the attempts at getting the node up to the latest release candidate (and on track for the next stable release) haven't gone according to plan.

I am looking to take another stab at it on Sunday sometime, so there may be some short outages happening then. I've updated the date on the home/login page to reflect that I'm still planning on causing interruptions.

Here's hoping things move ahead this weekend! I will post again once I have more useful details.

Thanks.

New here, and not sure how this works, but I've noticed the last few days that I can't add any new photos to my albums or create new ones. The process seems to be working but no error messages are raised after the submit button is clicked. The newly selected photo is not showing up anywhere.

Could this be related to your upgrade attempts?

Shouldn't be... just tested after your comment here and they're working for me. Make sure you choose an album when uploading.



Random maintenance/outage(s) starting today


!iSurf Support

Hi all,

As I've posted about on the login screen, I'll be trying to get iSurf Social upgraded to the latest Friendica Release Candidate code. Yesterday had a failed attempt and some downtime while the site was restored, and there will be more outage time as I go through the updating process, and rolling back if necessary.

No need to worry if you can't connect to the site at any point over the next couple of days, just me working away on it.

The notice on the login page looks like this:

NOTICE: Aug 28, 2019 - We will be doing intermittent work on the site over the next few days in order to attempt an update to the latest release candidate code. The site may be offline entirely while some of these processes are ocurring. I will remove this notice once the work has completed successfully. Thanks for your patience!

So I've just gone through my 2nd attempt on this update, and it's got an issue. Will be investigating further before attempting again.



Some unexpected downtime this evening


!iSurf Support

Hi all!

It's been awhile. I went to do the update to the latest Friendica -rc version and had some issues. Unfortunately this -rc update has some significant database changes, so to roll back I had to restore from a snapshot I took just before attempting the upgrade.

Apologies if this affected you. I believe the next attempt at the -rc (after getting some clarifications around the issues I saw) will require some downtime in order to help it succeed, so I'll try and post an announcement about it.

All appears to be running fine again now.

Enjoy.

I see your post over on forum.friendi.ca, but on social.isurf.ca I don't have anything in the support forum in the past 6 days. I wonder what might be going on.

i have a noticed something similar, comparing the number of posts on forum.friendi.ca and the ones actually coming in on my node.

I guess it's not an issue with the forum node itself. Probably related the memory issue where posts get dropped, I suspect.

I'll post over a the forum to discussed this in more detail. I will mention you and ask others to check forum posts coming on their nodes.

Just saw you already posted over there. Followed up now.



!iSurf Support

I just made a comment on the wrong thread and found I can not delete it. What gives?



super useful, but events could use invites


isurf / friendrica is looking really spiffy---but events are only useful without the ability to quickly add people who we are friends with to them.

Totally agree. Events should be expanded to include invite capability as well as embedding images, audio clips, and videos from the event with permissions set by the event host.



iSurf Social Updated to latest Friendica Release Candidate


!iSurf Support

Hi all! It's been a quiet little while around here but things appear to have been just ticking along nicely. Hopefully the current release candidate code doesn't disrupt that much, if at all.

If anyone sees any issues, please reach out!

Thanks!

The version is 2019.04, and it happened on 2019.03 also. I even thought it was a feature not a bug -_- So how can I investigate into it? Maybe check the log?

With a behaviour like that I would suspect there would likely not be very good logging around it. If I were you I would post to @Friendica Support as that's where developers are, and they might have an idea.



Friendica 'POST' URL for Sharing Extension


!iSurf Support Hello all!

I need to make a custom url link for this extension, as the extension developer hasn't added Friendica to his list. [[url]https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/addtoany-share-anywhere/ffpgijchhhkhnokafdeklpllijgnbche][/url]

I used the following placeholders, but it doesn't work. https://social.isurf.ca/link=${link}&title=${title}
Any suggestions?
I don't want to keep hitting the server using trial/error. Thanks!



Posts are not published in public community


!iSurf Support
Dear all,
I just realized that my posts are only published to my contacts and my pinboard, but do not go out to local or public community. I am sure that I have changed a switch while "playing" around. When I try to send a post, I select to "public"
Does anyone has a clue where I can change that?
Thanks a lot.
Tom
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in preferences, and the dropdown that says public if you dont change the preferences (then you have to remember each time)



Domain blocking


!iSurf Support

I have another tech support question. I wonder when they're going to add the ability to block domains. I've stumbled across whole servers that are devoted to unsavory and illegal content, apparently out of Asia, but see no way to block it.

I considered superblocking with wildcards but have read that this doesn't work, so I haven't tried it.



Minor bug in web interface...I think


!iSurf Support

I think I've found a little bug in the Friendica web interface. I'm not sure where to report it.

Running Firefox on Linux here. It appears that the thumbs up/down indicators are not updating properly. Here's what happens.

If I click thumbs up, the display goes gray for a moment, then the thumbs up turns blue, as it should. If I click the thumbs up again, which should toggle it off, the display grays for a moment but the icon remains blue. You can click again and again and it remains blue. You can click thumbs down and the same thing happens. You can have both thumbs up and down showing blue.

A bit of experimentation manually refreshing the display shows that the click detection and server behavior is correct. The second click actually does toggle it off at the server. It's just the browser display code that's not updating the color.

I'm back. I flushed the cache and cookies. Now I have a slightly different behavior. I still can't unthumb a thumbs up but I can now hit thumbs down and it clears the thumbs up and switches to thumbs down, and vice-versa.

@Phil Landmeier (ᚠ) Hey Phil... got any add-ons enabled in FF?

If it's consistently weird, probably best to post findings on @Friendica Support

I'll have a look myself, but don't have much time this week to dig in to working up good support posts, unfortunately.

Basically, no. The only extension I'm running is Stylus and it only activates when the domain is mewe.com

Also, the problem is deeper than just the browser. The bug involves the server too.

There are two discussion threads about this. In the other thread, one of the commenters also got his browser to display both thumbs up and down at the same time, which should be impossible. The thing is that once he did that, I had the same indication on my browser. It showed him as both liking and disliking the comment. For that to happen, the server must be in an invalid state.

I first posted in my stream. Then Shelenn suggest I post here in the community, so two threads resulted. The other is here:

https://social.isurf.ca/display/c443a55c-215c-bfb2-529a-430799099599



!iSurf Support

Today I noticed I cannot type in the reply box. I have to click comment on someone else's comment to post to an existing thread. Did something change on the server?

No the issue still persists with the version of Chrome noted above. I am a Win10 Pro user - not sure about the others.

Without doing anything in Chrome, it suddenly works (been out sick).



!iSurf Support

Question: I've been experimenting with features. On the protocols box in the left panel, When I choose DFRN I see user posts showing from Friendica. When I choose Activity Pub I see user posts showing from Friendica (AP). I've seen these in mixed form (both) from this node. What does it mean?

Prior to the 2019.01 stable release of Friendica, DFRN was the only way Friendica talked to other Friendica nodes. I'm not sure if it was used beyond Friendica - perhaps Hubzilla as well.

With the introduction of AP, Friendica is migrating away from DFRN and the system tries to figure out which protocol it can use, preferring AP. I suspect Friendica will have to support DFRN for some time, so that nodes running older versions will still be able to federate, but the new releases I believe will continue to have more and more AP support and prefer to use it when possible.

So, right now it's a mix with Friendica nodes, and I couldn't tell you all the ins and outs of what magic it's doing to figure out which protocol it should use.

Also, please forgive me where I've stated things as absolute fact - I believe I know the details only to a degree, I could be off about some of it. The gist of it is there, and there's talk of it on the prior Friendica release announcement.

HTH!



Google+ connections may stop working as of today


!iSurf Support

Hi all,

As you probably have already seen, some parts of Google+ are beginning to shut down.

I have received a couple of email notifications from Google about their API being shut down as of today, which means that posts to/from Google+ from here will stop functioning.

Some people are apparently still seeing some functionality so I suppose it's possible that it could take some time for this feature to stop operating completely, but it's probably good to know that it will be stopping very soon.

Apparently the shutdown is not orderly and all users are not affected by different things stopping at the same time. LOL

What I find most amusing with Google's emails on the subject is they state: "This has
been a progressive shutdown where calls to affected APIs began
intermittently failing on January 28, 2019."

That may be true, but aside from problems with our own settings locally, the API seems to have been working pretty consistently well.



We're updated to the current -RC code.


!iSurf Support

Hey everyone,

We're now running the current -rc code. I immediately filed a couple of bugs about admin settings that were acting strange.

If you see any odd behaviour, please report it here or to the Friendica support forum.

Thanks!

@Adam Clark

Thanks, today isurf is working properly for me!

Hi Daniel,
Very glad to hear it! I'm not sure what would have changed, but I did update with the latest -RC fixes last night (not expecting that there was anything that would affect you).

I wanted to ask, though - I noticed your account is set as a soapbox account (advanced account/profile type) - is that something you wanted set for sure?

Hi Adam,

Again thank you very much. It was like a week that I had issue with the connection but I can't tell why, then I found your post. Anyway luckily everything has been solved.

I changed my setup maybe I selected it just to try and completely forgot about then.

Sounds good, was just curious about it. Again, glad to hear it's resolved, but do let me know if you have issues again, or have any other questions!



Chat / XMPP support and testing


@iSurf Support

Hi all,

I'm not sure if you know or not, but Friendica has a built-in chat option that we pretty much have to leave disabled, as it has some bugs that conflict with the two most common & usable themes. It also relies on a javascript chat app that is no longer developed.

That said, we do have an integrated chat system on the iSurf Social platform, which you can use with either a standard XMPP client (such as Pidgin, gajim, or Conversations for Android or Xabber for Android - there's IOS apps too), or if you'd like to test/try out a web-based chat client here, which I'm going to have some discussion with the developers on replacing the old unsupported client with, please give chat.social.isurf.ca a try. It's a rediculously simple setup, nothing fancy. You use your social.isurf.ca username & password to login in to it.

If you would like any further information on how to use any of the other clients I mentioned, please let me know!

#XMPP #friendica #chat #webchat #jsxc

I should follow up quickly on this... I did mis-speak in my original post as I was confusing one chat addon with another. Friendica's 'XMPP' addon uses an old version of converse, while there is another XMPP chat addon that uses jappix mini.

I have been toying with updating the converse code, and it looks like recent versions of converse have some pretty ugly UI bugs in them - at least with the browsers I'm testing with. I'm going to go back a few releases for testing today, see if I can't get a usable solution in place for the addon.

Pluspora also operates an XMPP server.