Happy Monday!

vulpine.club will be down for a few minutes while I perform server software updates. Thank you for your patience, and -- as always -- thank you for flying the foxy skies. 🦊

If you get a random DM from someone with a bunch of numbers in their name, please don't click the link. Instead, please report it (under the "..." menu) for spam/phishing, and forward the report to the originating server.

Thanks :)

I haven't done one of these in awhile, so here's the heads-up:

vulpine.club will be updated to the latest code base in a few minutes! you might notice an interruption in your feeds, but reloading after a minute or two should bring things back to normal.

today is the 4th birthday of the ! the first post was at 22:33 GMT on April 7, 2017 :)

there is a

SNOW
EMERGENCY

everyone please park on the even-numbered side of the street

awright everybody, we now have hugs with flags attached:

:hugs:​ is just hugs
:hugs_syn:​ hugs_syn = hugs + ❓
:hugs_ack:​ hugs_ack = hugs + βœ”οΈ
:hugs_rst: hugs_rst = hugs + ❌
:hugs_urg:​ hugs_urg = hugs + ❗
:hugs_inf:​ hugs_inf = hugs + ∞
:hugs_idk:​ hugs_idk = hugs + ⁉️
:hugs_meh:​ hugs_meh = hugs + shruggie Β―\_(ツ)_/Β―

Welcome to the freshly-updated vulpine.club!

Apologies for the downtime -- a database update was taking a long time because I forgot to stop the hourly backup.

official announcement:

sariya has officially resigned as an administrative team member. read their statement here: vulpine.club/@tastymochafox/10

- s

Hey if you're looking to support The Vulpine Club, we've got a couple ways to do it:

Our expenses are about $85/mo as of last check, and we roughly break even.

Remember, there is NO OBLIGATION to donate! We're a completely free service, supported entirely by a few generous individuals :)

Dear :

This is an important message about a critical information disclosure bug in Mastodon.

tl;dr: Followers-only posts may be disclosed to unintended parties, and there is no fix yet.

Long version:
The "Relationships" page (vulpine.club/relationships) allows members to remove followers, and it does this by sending a Reject Follow message to the remote instance. The remote instance is supposed to remove the follower when it receives this message.

Since October 2019, Mastodon instances have not properly handled this Reject Follow message. The upshot of this is that if you used /relationships to remove a follower on a Mastodon instance, the unfollow didn't actually happen. This means that followers-only posts may be disclosed to unintended parties.

Furthermore, this fix has to be applied to every Mastodon instance on the Fediverse before this problem stops getting worse. Also, there is currently no known way to fix this problem, because no record is kept of Reject Follow messages.

The investigation into this is still in its early stages. We will be keeping an eye on the issue (github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/) to determine the best way to clean this up.

vulpine.club was down for about a half hour, as part of the Great CloudFlare Outage. Sorry for the interruption. <3

Sorry for the server instability over the past hour.

Turns out that a recent change to Mastodon broke search functionality, and apparently
we're the second instance to notice it, and the first one to actually open a bug report about it.

Everything should be fixed now!

For reference:

vulpine.club official statement on today's Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

OwO Group LLC issues the following Statement regarding today's Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship

Rochester NY & Boston MA -- May 28, 2020 -- Today, OwO Group LLC, parent company of The Vulpine Club, issued the following statement with regards the President of the United States' Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship:

πŸ–•

About OwO Group LLC:
OwO Group LLC is a leading provider of social media services to foxes and other creatures.

Contact:
Rey Tucker
rey@owogroupllc.com

ENDS

suspended gleasonator.dev for being yet another alex gleason(read TERF) instance.

Would recommend doing the same

going to deploy a quick update to the vulpine.club server

please stand by!

just a quick reminder ... please CW your covid-19 / social distancing / political / isolation etc posts

this will let folks take breaks by filtering out keywords

thanks <3

Going to do a software upgrade in a few moments. vulpine.club will be down for a minute or two.

v.c is still kinda sick after this morning's troubles

I'll give it another as soon as I get home.

thanks for your patience <3

sorry for the downtime... the filesystem filled up which took the site down

we're back for right now, although we still need to brew some coffee and fix the root cause

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