This server runs Florence, a fork of the Mastodon project. Please be aware that while Florence Mastodon v0.0.1.1 is based on upstream v2.9.0 it is still considered "pre-release" software so you may find bugs. Also future versions might contain breaking changes, so you could have to wait until we have tested things on a "staging" server before we migrate across to the latest and greatest release.
Bobadon.co.uk relies on a daily, weekly and monthly snapshot of the VPS for backup, so if something bad happens you could lose data. Also if the admin (Bobby Moss, a jolly nice chap that lives in the UK timezone) is asleep when the server goes down then you might have to wait a few hours for it to come back up again!
If you are okay with these risks and are still willing to join bobadon.co.uk to try out Florence Mastodon, you may request an invite. The number available is restricted by capacity/cost and the admin's decision is final.
Please note: Each day at 06:30 UTC the server restarts. There is normally around 3 minutes downtime when that happens, but it can sometimes take longer. The enforced daily restart is intended to ensure that system security updates are always applied in a timely manner and no intermittent problems develop with the underlying database or any of the running services.
Like most British people you will find that Bobby Moss is quite a friendly, mild-mannered and easygoing chap. But if you waste his time, make a nuisance of yourself or annoy him then he will ask you to leave. You are a guest that asked for an invite to this server, and you are expected to conduct yourself accordingly.
Generally speaking, so long as you try to be the best version of yourself most of the time, follow community best-practise and don't say anything to people online that you wouldn't say to them in real life then you shouldn't have anything to worry about.
This is not an exhaustive list, and the admin's decision is always final, but here are some behaviours to avoid:
To minimise the amount of harassment the admin is likely to receive from nasty people we keep the full list of blocked and silenced domains confidential. A full list can be requested by people with accounts on this server and will be provided in CSV format at the admin's discretion.
Generally speaking we rely on a combination of dzuk's block chain, our own users' reports and chatter between instance admins. Domains are pre-emptively suspended or silenced regularly because it is completely impractical for us to always "assume good faith" and be purely reactive. The safety of marginalized communities on bobadon.co.uk is a higher priority for us than always granting random strangers from elsewhere a platform in the hope they won't violate our code of conduct.
We fully support the feature suggestion about enabling Florence admins to quarantine unknown servers and follow shared lists of known-good domains.
In addition to servers being silenced or suspended for condoning abusive or oppressive behaviour, regrettably we do have to silence some popular instances by default to assist our users.
We may do this because a well-known server has acquired so many users that we are no longer able to moderate the sheer amount of activity they generate effectively. We may also do this when we have concerns about the ability or willingness of an otherwise good server's staff users to enforce their stated code of conduct.
In either of these cases we periodically review our decisions to verify if the protective action we have already taken is still necessary and if any additional action is needed. For our own users' information, here are the domains that have been silenced at the instance level for one or more of these reasons and remain under review:
For now you can still follow accounts on those domains as normal and posts from users on those servers may still be boosted into your home timeline by other accounts you follow, but interactions from unknown users on servers in that list and their posts to the federated timeline are muted.
Addendum: librem.one was also on this list, but it has since been stepped up to an instance-level suspend. Providing client apps with "heuristic algorithms" for Purism's own users instead of paying moderators to act on user reports they receive does not help other instances they federate with combat abuse originating from their platform. This approach also reveals Purism's complacency about their role in facilitating bad behaviour and an unwillingness to engage with the wider fediverse about it.
This is a record of decisions the admin has made to improve the user experience on bobadon.co.uk. As with all such decisions they are subject to change based on the feedback of those with an account on this server.