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It's the 1st of May, but we still work to make sure meow runs, and y'all can have a good time here!

If you feel like tossing a coin our way, we have a few places available!

Paypal
paypal.me/meowsocial

Liberapay
liberapay.com/meow.social/

Patreon
patreon.com/Nomaxice

As always, any donation is highly appreciated, big or small, but of course, is not necessary, we appreciate y'all being here on this adventure on the fediverse, since… April 2017, 3 years already since last month… Thank you!

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After close to 2 years of meowing on the fediverse, we decided to open donations for meow!
Currently they will be used to pay @Nomaxice for his full time moderation work on meow.
Depending on how things evolve from there, we may dedicate some of the funds to pay for the hosting fees (currently handled by @Tiwy57 )

You can do a one time donation at paypal.me/meowsocial

Or chose to do a recurring donation on liberapay.com/meow.social/

Any donation, no matter how small, is appreciated!

Hey folks!
We understand there's quite a bit to take in, for being new here, however, this does not mean you shouldn't check out the rules at meow.social/about/more !
Mainly, the content warning policy which is the bulk of issues that are coming up so far!

Anything lewd or otherwise that falls under CW policy requires you to explain what's sensitive about your post/media(s) by using the little "CW" button!

Are you using the "official" app on mobile and struggling with certain things?

We recommend trying a third party app, or using the mobile web interface.

Let's be honest, the so called official app is kinda junk as of now and it's missing core features third party apps do support (like local timeline), let alone the web interface which works surprisingly well on mobile!

PS:

If you are unsure whether something needs a CW, you can review the /about/more of your instance for the rules which generally outline this.

In our case, it's under meow.social/about/more !

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FINALLY!

We're all here to have a good time, mind other folks and be kind, if you see something that should be marked as sensitive and CWed, or that is straight up hostile and against the rules of your instance, use the report function! It'll be read by actual creatures, not an automated system!

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2: CONTENT WARNINGS

On the fediverse, there's this great feature, people can add a content warning to their posts, for exemple, political rants, lewd pictures, blood, or even what you might not think as important to CW at first such as eye contact or food!

On fedi, proper content warnings actually make your posts more susceptible to be shared as most folks care for the comfort of others!

You can add a content warning with the little "CW" button under the text box!

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This can be set per post with what's by default the little globe icon under the text box.

Default post privacy can be set from your account settings, here
meow.social/settings/preferenc

Note, you can also "lock" your account, so you can approve follow requests instead of having people follow you independently from post privacy!
To require approval of follow requests, see under
meow.social/settings/profile

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With all the new folks here & other servers, here's a quick cheat sheet for posting!

1: POST PRIVACY

You can set your post to be:
-Public (showing on the public timelines on top of to your followers)
-Unlisted (still publicly viewable and sent to followers, but not the public timelines, this is what you'd get on twitter with an open account)
-Followers only (Only your followers can see it, like how it is with a private account on twitter)
-Direct: (Does not show to anyone but mentioned people)

Wanna find folks to follow but overwhelmed by the federated timeline's pace?

You can check out the local profile directory for people that are right here on meow!

meow.social/explore

This isn't a rule, but something that is greatly appreciated across the fediverse: Image captions!
Simply click the bottom of the image where it says "no description added" and type in a little bit about what you're posting. This helps out all users, not just ones who are visually impaired!

for twitter critters: Locking your account so you can decide who you want following you is /completely separate/ from your posts only being visible to your followers - and you can do that on a per-post basis, regardless of whether your account is locked or not!

Are you used to tweetdeck?
You can enable a tweetdeck like interface from your account settings labeled as "advanced interface" just bellow the language and theme selectors!

Another tip for new comers, you can use the # introduction to present yourself and be found by folks!
It's kinda an age old tradition here to see new folks make a post with the tag, or at least an introduction post without tags!

Because of the "public" post thing, you can be seen in the local and federated timelines, even by people not following you, this allows easily finding new people and not screaming to the void!

For folks joining meow, you can see our ruleset and official accounts over at meow.social/about/more

You can also just have your instance address and add /about/more and it'll generally also show the rules of the server you registered on!

For some time, we have been receiving illegitimate messages from legitimate addresses. Bots send contact forms via forms that are spoofed, and obviously this sends a mail to us, since they send a reply to us.

We ask you:
- To stop writing to meow@meow.social (the email address will not be viewed anymore)
- To use the contact page specially created for this purpose: tiwy57.me/page/meow.html

We are always reachable on our accounts:
@Tiwy57
@Nomaxice
@DekiSystem

Thanks!

The old server apparently had both of its SSDs broken, one was dead, and the other was about to fail. This was not detected with the monitoring by Netdata.

Since we are no longer on this server, the incident is over. The old server will be terminated right after the repairs.

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✅ Migration process completed.

Full Text Search is not fully operational during the time of rebuilding indexes.

Some people may not be able to reach us yet, but the DNS has been changed and the propagation time may be long (about 24 hours).

New server configured and we're on NVMe drives, which should be a bit faster, as well as having a slightly newer CPU.

Hopefully it will run smoothly for a couple of years.

Migration planned, we will go offline at 1PM CET/UTC+1, aka in about 2 hours.

Between today, dec 29, and tomorrow, dec 30, meow will be migrated to a server with NVMe SSDs to hopefully get around the SATA plague that has been causing so many issues with our host provider. Precise time will be given when we know more.

We will have a downtime and a complete shutdown of the server shortly when OVH announces a time slot to replace the server.

During this time, the server will be down, a full non-incremental backup will be performed, and a 500 page will be displayed on meow, and will reboot once the new disk is in place.

We don't have a date to tell you, except to say that it will happen soon.

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⚠️ RAID Degraded. One disk failed.

We're again suffer of OVH's hardware problems. A disk is defective and is no longer recognised by the server.

We contact OVH to replace the defective disk.

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meow.social - the mastodon instances for creatures

This instance is focused around the furry community, and is open to anyone interested in it. It's open to all fluffies and scalies !
To contact meow.social, please use our contact form : https://tiwy57.me/page/meow.html. E-mails are not viewed on this address.


⚠️ We do not accept any form of sponsored content on our site. If you like meow, consider donating something via paypal or Liberapay