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Overnight surge in signups

Posted on:February 11, 2023 at 12:00 AM

Last night we had an influx of new users, the most serious one so far. So much so, that between roughly 10 pm and 12 pm PST on Friday, our tiny was responsible for between 25 and 50 percent of all new Mastodon accounts in the world. A few things happen as a result.

I have no idea what to do now.

I’m trying to think of any options I have that would not include imposing blanket limits or suspensions to all accounts created within mentioned time-frame.

I can’t do anything about the timezone situation. I do not have another moderator who’s available while it’s night here.

I can’t do anything about the language barrier. I don’t have another moderator who speaks Swahili.

I can do something about rules/expectations: I can reach out to the new folks and explain roughly what’s expected on this server.

I’m in pickle here. On one hand, we are welcoming an friendly here, on the other hand, I can’t support this server, maintain and enforce our rules with these new accounts, given all the risks mention above.

I really need your input here. I think these are the steps I’ll take, but I’m open to any and all suggestions:

I honestly don’t like this whole situation. I couldn’t sleep last night trying to figure out how to deal with it, and none of the solutions I came up with felt right. The list above, while not great, make the most sense to me. What do you think?