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We've updated to the 2012 release candidate code

!iSurf Support

Hi all,

Right at the moment the system's under somewhat heavy load as things start to catch up after being in maintenance mode for the past couple of hours.

However, we're now on the current Release Candidate Friendica software, and hopefully we see the performance and stability improvements with it.

If you notice anything wacky going on, please let me know, and we'll get the investigations going!

Thanks, and enjoy!

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What nodes/instances are shown in the "global community"?

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Hello. is there a list of what nodes/instances are included in the "global community" when I access it here on iSurf? I notice that I see posts from the Diaspora server I have an account with, though I haven't seen posts from there reflected here.

I guess I'm just wondering how the interaction with outside Diaspora networks works within iSurf.

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iSurf Social Registrations open again!

Hi all!

Well, with some of the bugfixes and improvements that have gone in with system cleanup and performance, I've been able to re-enable some cleanup settings. That, in turn, has led me to re-open registrations for new accounts here.

If you know of anyone who's been looking to give a North American Friendica setup a go, do let them know!

Expect an outage this weekend

!iSurf Support

Hi all!

Going to move the site over to another server this weekend. When the outage/shift will occur, I'm not sure - maybe as soon as tonight. If it doesn't occur this evening (pacific time), then it should tomorrow evening.

We should get some performance gains from the move.

I'll post with another status update soon, and when relevant!

Upgraded our instance to 2020.07 this evening!

!iSurf Support
Howdy everyone!

Just a quick note that we're now running Friendica 2020.07, the current stable release, after an upgrade this evening.

Please let me know if you notice any strange behaviour!


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So I was under the impression that if you had to port your account, none of your old posts went with you because I ported my key over from an instance that I don't think provided that option a year ago. Just downloaded my backup and looked through the code and it looks like all my posts are saved. Is this the case because if so I've been telling people wrong things. It just doesn't download your saved files and videos yes? Also is this process still in experimental or has it moved beyond to just standard now?

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Hey Guys,
Is it possible to put the language filter in? I have to use mastodon to find new people to follow because going to global is just full of people posting in languages I can't read. Which is great but useless to me. Thanks!
Lol I mispelled your email "Been talking to Hypolite Petovan about nomadic identity something hubzilla has for in case a person's instance collapses(example personal tragedy), you will have a backup running in the background of everything you post through mirroring on another instance. He thinks there is a roundabout way of doing this that I'd like to try out and see if there is a way to ensure one's history is always safe someone.
The only way for friendica account to mirror another friendica account is " Your admin must have enabled remote_self in the site settings." Is it possible you can do that? I'm sure the site software has so many options its hard to know what half of them do. Thanks, and thanks again for the language filter, its got some bugs, but better than not having it!
Nm turns out they fixed the problem I was trying to find a solution to two upgrades ago. lol

Contributing to iSurf upkeep?

!iSurf Support iven registration is temporarily closed, and we now prune networked posts to reduce storage need -- is it perhaps time to start accepting financial contributions from users?

I'd be happy to chip in several dollars a month - OpenCollective seems like a good way to accept payment. Of course I just realized I don't know what the entity is behind iSurf, so I don't know how practical this is.

Thanks in advance for providing this service and being amazingly up-to-date and responsive!

Email delivery might be a hair better?

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Sounds convincing, doesn't it?

Over the past few days I found some evidence that suggested that I had more work to do in DNS in relation to mail being delivered more reliably, and more with DKIM as well. Basically it hadn't been very clear that subdomains were being treated as separate entities from the main domain (though in all documentation I trip across, there seems to be no distinction between hosts/subdomains and domains) on some of the checks that mail services do. While I've had reporting from other systems coming in for months, random sampling of the reports hadn't produced the information that I recently saw.

I am hoping the net result at the moment is that far fewer mails wind up in various services (Gmail / Outlook/Hotmail, etc.) "Junk" folder.

Time will tell, and I look forward to any reports anyone has on mails being delivered from

Updated to 2020.03 stable

!iSurf Support

After numerous bugfixes & improvements, and doing what we could through the release candidate cycle, I'm happy to report we're now running on the latest Friendica stable release, 2020.03!

Enjoy the improvements, and thanks to everyone who pipes up when they notice an issue.

Time for an update to the latest Release Candidate!

!iSurf Support

Hi all,

As I'm quite interested in many of the bugfixes involved in the latest set of Friendica updates, I'm about to switch us to the release candidate.

There may be new bugs introduced, so if you notice anything untoward, please let me know!

Routing issue affecting iSurf Social past 36 hours or so

!iSurf Support

Hi all,

I didn't notice this until this morning, but there's been a partial outage at our hosting provider (them and others) for about a day and a half. Apparently an IRR messed up and some subnets disappeared to some places, and we're sitting on one of those affected subnets.

If you've been unable to reach the site for a day or two, this would be why.

It's also affecting the mail delivery out from here, so if you have received some emails that are very late, this would likely be why as well.

This is one of those fun situations that unfortunately just takes time to resolve once someone has fixed it up, and apparently it was fixed earlier today.
I am still unable to reach the page... 🙁

New cleanup settings underway

Needing to move the iSurf Social node to another host

Cool. Running fine here. Nice and quick.

Updated our Friendica software to 2019.12-rc

!iSurf Support
Hi all,
We're updated to the 2019.12-rc release of the Friendica code. If you notice any issues, please let me know!