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We have a fix prepared for the bug with the simple UI where the menu on the right isnt showing (advanced UI works).

We are backing up the DB and a some other post-update chores once those finish we will update the server again and the simple UI will work. We will update everyone here when that happens, until then please use the advanced UI as a work around.

Notice:

For the time being everyone will have to go into their preferences and turn on advanced UI. The navigation menu disappeared in simple mode. I'm going to try to fix that but until I do just use advanced mode please.

Now that the upgrade is complete a lot of you are probably curious about the new features we added. They were mostly pulled in from the Fedibird fork, but the code had to be considerable modified to get fully working. The following is the complete list of new features introduced in this upgrade.

Domain Subscriptions - Bring another instance's local timeline as a feed in QOTO, no need to have an account on another server again, just import their timeline here!

Keyword Subscriptions - Create custom timelines based off keywords not just hashtags, you can even use regex for advanced matching

Account Subscriptions - This allows you to follow a remote accounts public toots in your Home timeline without actually following them, great for following users with locked accounts.

Misskey compatible quoting of toots

Bookmarking of toots

Support for WebP and HEIC media uploads

An update to the getting-started menu to include center stage links to and the @QOTO announcements account (me!)

The update is now complete and fully functional. Local Timeline is back where it should be.

Enjoy all the new features!

The update had one minor problem... No local timeline. It will be fixed shortly, working on it now.

Restart moved back about 15 minutes ... brace yourselves. Doing a fresh backup first, small chance we could loose up to 15 minutes of posts, probably not though.

Attention: Another QOTO Update/Restart

This is a big one so everyone pay attention.

I recently just got done adding in several new features to the QOTO codebase, it will be going live on the server within the hour. It brings with it lots of new features you wont find in Mastodon, that also means a bit of risk, so lets hope this update goes smoothly.

Once the new version is up please feel free to share what you love or hate, we can always tweak this stuff. The following are some of the new features:

* Bookmarking toots and retrieving.

* Quoting toots

* Domain subscription (this one is my favorite) where you can follow a specific instance (not a user) and basically create a local timeline at QOTO reflecting the remote instances timeline.

* Account subscription. This is a bit like a follow but not a follow. It is where you follow a persons public toots only but dont actually follow them. This is handy if a user posts some public toots but also has their followers locked for approval. You can still follow them without their approval or them even knowing you follow.

* a more prominent link to our QOTO announcements and the / hashtags.

* Several additional theme alternatives to try

*And many others!

Did you know that qoto.org is already listed on keybase.io and you can verify your identity with keybase with just a few simple steps?

Just go to your keybase profile and click the link to prove a new identity. Qoto.org will already show up in the list of servers, you dont need to do anything special.

Once you identify your keybase profile will show that your mastodon account is verified and your local mastodon profile will even show a nice little check mark to prove your identity like in the attached screen shot!

Not an important announcement but we have one more fix we did on worth mentioning.

We now have both the https and http for the www.qoto.org subdomain redirecting to the proper URL (before you would just get a 404).

This wont effect our regular users who know our url already but it seems google was linking to the www sub-domain. So this should improve our visibility and increase the number of new users we get. Either way its a nice convince factor for people manually typing in the url.

We have just went through and upgraded all of the peripheral services to their latest versions. Many new features and some nice performance improvements in a few places. the Discourse forum is loading much quicker for example.

The following is the list of services that have been upgraded.

NextCloud - cloud.qoto.org

GitLab - git.qoto.org

GitLab pages (including user hosted pages) - https://*.qoto.io

FunkWhale - audio.qoto.org

PeerTube - video.qoto.org

Discourse - discourse.qoto.org

One small reminder over the most recent upgrade. Because of changes in 3.0.0 our search index had to be recreated. Because we have one of the largest historical collection of toots in the fediverse going back several years this means it will take quite a while to re-index. It may be a day or two until full text search is fully working again but it will slowly come back online. Thanks for the patience.

QOTO's varient of Mastodon is now deployed, version 3.0.1 is now active with all sorts of new features.

Aside from the new features mentioned here there are a few others I want to point out: qoto.org/@QOTO/103517518837050

Aside from a few new features in your profile settings one really nice new feature is that all moderator actions with regards to suspending or silencing an instance is automatically reported on our about/more page. This means you are always promised to see a live up to date report of any servers we decide to block or silence. Help keep us honest.

Enjoy v3.0.1!

While we wait for the system administrator to start flipping the bits and begin the upgrade I wanted to update everyone on what this new QOTO update will be bringing us.

* Fixes character limit when using mobile apps. On compliant mobile apps it should now be possible to make full size posts of 65,535 characters just as you always could in the web interface.

* Local-only / non-federated toots will now be possible. This lets you make toots that show up int he Local feed but not in the Federated feed.

* The link to the source code on our about page will now correctly post to the QOTO source code

* Plus all the great features QOTO is already known for like in-line math latext is still available.

* And of course we also pull in all the great features added in the core Mastodon 3.0.1 releases such as trending hashtags, better media support, better user migration capabilities, and better management over live-refreshing fast-moving feeds.

WARNING!

In about an hour the server will be going down to upgrade to v3.0.1 as well as some qoto specific features and fixes I will be announcing shortly.

Another moderator election has just begun. All users are encourage to follow along and cast your nominations here:

discourse.qoto.org/t/nominatio

We have an election for the next Moderator. Everyone is welcome to nominate exactly one person, including themselves.

Do so here: discourse.qoto.org/t/nominatio

:nes_fire: Server Update :nes_fire:

The instance experienced a some downtime lately, not sure for how long. It has recently been fixed and the service should be back up and running.

The instance can be found here: audio.qoto.org

:nes_fire: Important Announcement :nes_fire:

Today we are beginning a nomination for next moderator 🎉

Basically it works like this, any one of you can nominate someone from QOTO. The only restriction is the person you nominate must be active for at least the last month. You can even nominate yourself, but it usually looks better if you can get one or more people to nominate you, symbolically speaking.

The moderators will then select the finalists which if there is more than one person then the community can vote on them.

So for the next 2 weeks I will be taking nominations for the moderator position, and they can discuss their views as a potential moderator. Then we can pick who lines u with QOTO Ideals,

**Want to nominate simeone?**

Follow this link and pst your nomination: discourse.qoto.org/t/nominatio

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