Also, if you'd like to direct y/our artsy & creative friends to enjoy the power of the :fediverse: #Fediverse of artsy folks, you have many options:

comics.town

comicscamp.club :squishygecko:

photog.social

tootplanet.space :tootplanet:

wandering.shop

writing.exchange

artalley.porn for your :tumblsink: NSFW friends

or search joinMastodon.org :mastodon:

Thanks for supporting the fediverse & inspiring others!

Did you know you can send non-Socel members an invitation to join?

Just go to settings and under the 'Invite People' tab, you can generate links that you can email or share with anyone you think would enjoy it here.

If you're having a positive experience, let others know about it!

And we're back!

That was a tad longer than expected but Socel now runs the latest Mastodon 2.6.5

Upgrade occurring in a few minutes.

There may be some brief downtime as it happens.

@StaceyFable Hi and welcome!

You need to visit other instances' home page if you want sign up on them.

The only way to not broadcast a toot is to send it directly to other users. That said, toots marked as 'unlisted' or to 'followers-only' are not posted to public timelines and will only appear to followers or on your public profile page.

Welcome new members!

Please take a minute to:

1. fill out your profile details ✏️
2. Read the rules of the instance :blobthumbsup:
3. Check out the local and federated timelines :blobcool:
4. Post an introductions toot 👋

Lastly, feel free to ask questions; the community here and in the wider fediverse is very welcoming and helpful :blobcheer:

Upgrade complete!

Welcome to Mastodon 2.6.2!

Mostly minor fixes this time around, but you can see what changed here: github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/

Please report any spam accounts or toots. There is an option to report an account in the menu for each individual toot. As a reminder, spam of any kind is not permitted on Socel.

New users!

Check out some helpful tips and info about Socel and Mastodon here: docs.joinmastodon.org/usage/ba

All this is hopefully a once-off event due to unforeseen circumstances.

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The old instance is still accessible but will not federate due to URLs pointing to different places now.

There is the option to download an archive of your toots in your profile as well as lists of followers and blocked accounts. Lists are transferable here, archives are unfortunately not.

Socel users are most welcome to set up a new account, or to request access to their old one by emailing the address in this user's profile.

To explain what's happened:

The original instance was hosted in a Docker container but was incorrectly installed in that container. This meant that while it ran OK, it eventually got to the point where it would no longer update properly.

Since running the latest software version is important for security reasons, the decision was made to create a new instance from scratch on a different server. [1/2]

We're mostly restarting from scratch I'm afraid. The old Socel is still accessible so data can be downloaded. Email the address in the bio for info.

Otherwise please set up a new account.

Socel

Socel is a place for animation professionals, freelancers, independents, students, and fans to connect and grow together. Everyone in related fields such as comics, illustration, and video games is also very welcome. As an implementation of Mastodon, Socel connects you to almost two million users around the globe as part of the Federation; a network of independent social spaces communicating with each other.