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There are some security updates necessary. This will require a restart of the server.
Hopefully this will take about 15 mins for reboot when initiated...

There was a small outage today (16:51 to approx 18:30 CEST). The server just hung and needed some extra love.
Luckily this doesn't happen that often, but very rarely. This was the first hanging server in the past 4 years or so...
So cross your fingers for the next 4 years... :-)

Nerdculture upgrade to new Mastodon release v3.4.1

See for release notes/what has changed...

Nerdculture now runs on newest Mastodon release v3.4.0. There is no change compared to the pre-release.

Please also note that federation is working not as usual, because there were a problem in the last 2 days caused by W3C. You can read more about this here:

Nerdculture now runs on Mastodon v3.4.0rc1. see for details and new features...

I've imported a set of custom emojis... somewhat nerdculture related emojis, like :debian: :firefox: or :xmpp: and many others. You can use those emojis in your profile display name as well.

You can get an overview of the emojis at


Sadly, several SSL certificates did expire this night. This is already fixed and service should be back to normal. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Technical note:
For test purpose I disabled all domains in letsencrypts domains.txt file except a few. You can guess what happened... ;-)

There will be a short downtime to reboot the server for a security update.

Frohes neues Jahr!
Happy New Year!
Buon Anno!

May the year 2021 be better than the last one. Especially a quick end to the pandemic and healthiness to everyone of you!


As a late Xmas gift, Mastodon v3.3.0 has been released today and Nerdculture has been already updated to that release.

Read the release notes for more information what's new & shiny...

Upgraded lately to v3.2.2 and also set up Elasticsearch, so you should hopefully get better search results.
Also tried to speed up things a little bit by adding more CPU/threads to Mastodon...

Reboot finished, service should be back to normal...

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There will be a maintenance downtime soon to restart the server, because a security update is pending.

Stay tuned and retry later if service is temporarily unavailable...

Dear Nerdculture users,

in this week I will work on the undelying network setup of this server. This means that Nerdculture will be unavailable during that maintenance work.
The downtime might happen multiple times in this week, but I'll try to keep it below 1 hour per period.

When done, I'll inform you again. Stay tuned!

Dear Nerdculture users,

I'll be reorganising the storage backend of this Mastodon instance. The background job of syncing the data is already running, but for the final sync I need to shutdown Mastodon for a while.
When done I hope that all the migration tasks are finally done and no service interruption will be needed again...

Dear Nerdculture users,

sorry for the downtime, but I felt like moving the Mastodon installation from the old virtual machine to a larger virtual machine would be a good idea.
Sadly that took a little longer than expected, but it seems to work now...

Ok, I think I've cleaned up the most issues from last night...

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There was a wave of mass registrations this night with tons of spanish speaking toots in the last past 6 hours.
Registrations are now closed and I'll investigate all accounts and eventually suspend/delete most of them.

Please report toots/accounts if they have posted content that is not fulfilling the Terms of Service on this instance or are in other ways problematic...


FYI: since as of a few hours (like 2 hrs or so) has been upgraded to Mastodon v.3.1.2 to fix an important security issue.

If you still see 3.1.1 on your screen, reload the page/restart your app.

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All friendly creatures are welcome. Be excellent to each other, live humanism, no nazis, no hate speech. Not only for nerds, but the domain is somewhat cool. ;) No bots in general! (only with prior permission). ---