#WeirderAdmin update: I never heard back from the mstdn.jp admin, but do see evidence that they've taken effective action against the spambots:
1. Accounts that we blocked have now been removed from the instance.
2. No new spam reports since my previous message about them.
3. They've installed some kind of DOS protection from Cloudflare, which I think will also mitigate automated account creation.
Do any of you know enough Japanese to translate a few sentences for me? is getting a lot of spam from mstdn.jp so I've reached out to that instance's admin asking them to close registrations while this continues: https://weirder.earth/@eldang/102599641681088128 - but I don't speak Japanese and don't know if they speak English. If anyone can reply-all in that thread with a better translation to Japanese than Google's, I would be very grateful. #WeirderAdmin
@dsno Hello! I'm sorry that I don't speak Japanese so I will write to you in English and hope you can read it or have it translated.
I am one of the moderators of https://weirder.earth and we are getting a lot of spam accounts from your instance following users on our instance. They all seem to be automated because they follow a very consistent pattern. Would you consider closing registrations until the spam attack stops?
Thank you. #WeirderAdmin team.
w.e. domain blocks, useful service for admins
Someone has made a @gabwatch bot which reports all new instances that use Gab's fork of the Mastodon software.
I'm now following it and blocking every instance it lists (after verifying them myself) from federating with . This should in theory be redundant with our server config level block of the Gabsocial user agent, but I believe in defence in depth.
weirder.earth admin notice
All done. All requests from Gab's user agent are now blocked as per https://social.mootech.eu/@maxine/102412789235076104 and kiwifarms' IP address range as reported in https://glitch.social/@kyzh/102435853605463552 is also blocked.
I don't want to oversell either measure--anyone can get round them by starting an account on an instance we trust and not drawing attention to theirself--but these at least put a higher barrier between and the most instances than mere blocks would. #WeirderAdmin
weirder.earth admin notice
I'm making some security changes that will require at least one reboot of the web server. Hopefully only very short service interruptions, fingers crossed.... #WeirderAdmin
weirder.earth instance block; suggested for other instance mods
We have just suspended develop.gab.com which seems to be the first actual instance Gab is using. We had already suspended the domains we'd guessed they'd use preemptively.
w.e. instance block
One more: pieville.net . I was hoping for something much more charming with that name, but it is in fact the most directly white-supremacist I've yet seen, including literal Apartheid-nostalgic Boer supremacism.
When Apartheid ended I lived in London and knew a lot of South African immigrants. I am just picturing the looks on their faces if I showed them this shit.
One of weirder.earth's admin team.
#NoBot follows please, only humans.
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