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Just a little update on what is going on at .

Our Administrator @freemo has been working hard for about a week to completely recode our server architecture and eventually move over existing services to the new format.

As some of you know we use enterprise level infrastructure. currently that means we use Docker containers in a cluster formation with redundant endpoints.

However, the current way this is done is as individually managed docker containers using some nifty container layer automation to automatically renew and obtain certificates as well as scale. However by doing it as individual containers makes administering the system more difficult and can lead to bugs in the infrastructure (though thankfully we haven't run into those). As such we are moving over to using docker-swarm to maintain the cluster which will automatically handle replication and restarting containers should they fail.

This will mean quicker turnaround when updating services, little to no down time due to redundancy, and faster response time due to multiple load balancers across different regions.

While there may be some short downtime once we finally move the services over long term this should be better for everyone. We will keep everyone updated as this progresses.

In the meantime @freemo will be open-sourcing the scripts he wrote to bring everything online and manage the system. If any developers are interested in getting a copy for their own purposes please feel free to reach out to him.

Thanks to this post QOTO is currently being linked from HackerNews in the #1 spot. Our instance is getting a lot of exposure as is this very important issue.

🎓 Dr. Freemo :jpf: 🇳🇱  
Wow, so a post I made here is at the #1 spot on hackernews! I am impressed. Over 500 comments too. h...

I am proud to announce that @Sphinx is now officially the latest new member of the moderation team.

Everyone please extend a warm welcome to sphinx, we are very happy to have him on the team!

As of today the delete account feature has been re-enabled on . You no longer need to email a moderator to have your account deleted.

As some of you know we had previously removed this account because many users complained when they could not recover their account later. Since this feature provides ample warning we feel that mistake is on the user and ultimately this is overall a good decision.

Please be careful when using this feature and be aware of the consequences.

We would like to announce Moderator nominations for June 2020!

We will be selecting a new moderator to join our team this month and we encourage all QOTO users to voice their nominations and votes.

The moderator team has collectively chosen to nominate @Sphinx for the position but as always the moderation process is an open one and any user can nominate themselves or another for the position.

We welcome users to visit the discourse forum and either lend their support to a nominated user, nominate your own, or offer criticism to an existing nomination. These are decisions that effect all of us so now is the time for your voice to be heard.

Important QOTO announcement!

We are currently debating language rule changes in our Discourse forum. The current direction is that we may eforce in the next day a english-only rule for the server (though likely we will make an exception for accounts that are already established on the server that dont speak english). We havent made the decision final yet but we will be in the next day.

Please, if this topic is important to you please contribute to the conversation on our Discourse forum. So far no one has objected but if anyone does we would like to hear from you..

QOTO has now moved to closed-registrations. Users are free to invite friends to the server whom will be given priority. All future users will be screened for acceptance.

In one month our GitLab instance will have been running for a whole year.

We just upgraded our license and activated it. We have Ultimate (usually costs 100$ per user per month) for another year, free to all our users. Enjoy!

the ToS has been officially been updated after an in depth conversation with the community.

No policy changes occur, we have simply changed the wording to more accurately reflect the moderation policies we have always upheld.

Be kind, be respectful, and you will always have a place here!

You can see our new ToS here:

All of 's services have recently been upgraded to their latest versions. Let us know if you see any problems. Below is the full list of effected services.

NextCloud -

GitLab -

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

FunkWhale -

PeerTube -

Discourse -

Did you know has one of the highest user retention rate of any server in the fediverse?

We do not and have never deleted inactive accounts. Despite this ~25% of our registered users are still active after over 2 years of operation. Compare this to most other servers and we see typically a retention of ~10% or less.

To me this is the most important statistic to measure the health and success of a server, ultimately it tells me the people who come to QOTO ultimately enjoy it here and want to stay!

Whats the most important feature you'd like to see added to QOTO?

Small update

The lab image we added earlier in the lower left hand corner didnt quite look right on darker themes for most of the day. It has since been resolved and looks great on all themes again.

If you had switched themes for this reason you can now switch back if you wish.

As pointed out by our moderator @design_RG There are two different ways to view Remote Timelines in QOTO and they behave very differently so its important to understand the difference.

The first way is Domain Subscription, you access this through your preferences under the follower section. Using these settings you can create special lists that pull in an instances local timeline. When you use this setting the list starts empty and it populates it as QOTO sees posts from users from that server in our federated feed. This option may not show the entire timeline.

The other way is what Rob explains in the quoted post, is to go to a user's toots and click the properties button, from there you can pull up the remote timeline as a column in your local QOTO UI. This feed uses the remote instances API to directly to pull up their local timeline. You can even pint he column if you want to keep it. This has the advantage of being a more complete timeline but if the remote server has this feature turned off you may not be able to view it all. Obviously the remote server needs to support it, most servers do however.


*banned 4 MarkDown love* new January 2020 Features Added - 6 - Quick View Remote Timeline. This is something I have just discovered, as I prepared screenshots for ...

We updated the mascot in the lower-left corner of the web interface. Instead of using the Mastodon elephant it is now a drawing of some lab equipment.

I hope this helps remind people that everyone who comes to this instance is a STEM professional or enthusiast. We will update this from time to time with different STEM themes.

One of our moderators @design_RG wrote this excellent article on the QOTO discourse server that explains all the new features in QOTO along with screen shots and a detailed explanation of how to use it. Its worth a read if your feeling a bit confused:

For anyone not on the QOTO instance or doesnt use the web interface here is a screenshot of what the instance ticker looks like in the feed. Its optional and can be turned off by why would you want to!

The colors are based on what instance a user uses, red and yellow for QOTO, white and blue for mastodon, gold and grey for Pleorma. The icon is the favicon used for the server and updated every few days.

The QOTO instance ticker accidentally introduced into the other themes have been removed/fixed. Should be back to normal. Refresh your browser if needed, if your on the default theme or a ticker theme you will see the new QOTO colors otherwise things should look like the classic theme again if your not on a theme with tickers.


So appears the recent ticker update effected all themes and not just the default theme as intended. I will have this fixed soon, sorry for the inconvenience.

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QOTO: Question Others to Teach Ourselves. A STEM-oriented instance.

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