Sunny Garden Hub

In Review, March 2023

This month’s post is rather late as I was busy with family visiting over the past few weeks! Many cherry blossoms were observed during this time.

Post Length Limit Increased

The default post length limit for the Mastodon software is 500 characters. Several people had inquired about whether I was open to increasing the limit on, usually because they had gotten used to the higher limits on another server.

I had no objection to increasing the limit, but this is not a configurable setting that Mastodon provides, so code patches are required to make it happen. I finally had the time to investigate what it would take, and found a post describing the changes required which were fortunately minimal and low risk.

The changes went live on March 8, increasing the post length limit to 1500 characters.

Server Shutdowns

Servers can shut down for all kinds of reasons, so it’s a good idea to take backups of your account, following lists, etc. From the web interface select Preferences / Import and export. There are two main things you can backup from here:

Sunny Garden has no intention to shut down any time soon, and there are daily backups taken of the entire server and all of it’s media, but you should always have your own backups of any data that’s important to you!

On Feb. 10 announced that it would be shutting down on May 9th.

While not technically offline yet, the server has been experiencing frequent downtime lasting hours or days.

Any remaining users are encouraged to migrate to another server as soon as possible.

An older (by fediverse standards) server with approximately 4K active users at the time, may have gone offline as a result of a failed server migration.

With around 1K active users at the time, “A community for web designers and developers” seems to have shut down without explanation.

Also with around 1K active users at the time, was apparently shut down due to a billing mishap which led to termination by the server’s hosting provider.

Pour one out (or light one up) for…


Active users on appear to be levelling off around 330, which is about 30% of the November peak, but still 4-5 times higher than before the major influx.

Interestingly, the number of “interactions” (likes, boosts, replies, etc.) has been increasing lately even as active users remain mostly level, which is nice to see.

There were a couple of waves of new spam accounts being created on remote servers with unmoderated registration, which made up most of the reports for this month.

12 new users, 330 active users, 37k interactions, 7 reports opened, 7 reports resolved

Hosting Costs

Cost spreadsheet, text version follows

Expand text version 2023-04-01
Main Server 4-8GB-80GB -$30
Server Backups 80 GB -$10
Media Storage 110GB/mo. -$6
Media Bandwidth* 1GB $0
Media Backups 24GB/mo. -$1
Domain Name $35/yr -$3
Email Server -$5
Donations One-Time $1
Donations Recurring $30
Monthly Totals
Previous Balance $62
Total Donations $31
Total Expenses -$55
Balance $38

Canadian Dollars

* Media files are served through a caching proxy with unmetered bandwidth, so external bandwidth charges are negligible.

Thank you, to everyone that has donated on ko-fi! There’s no obligation or expectation that you donate in order to use the server, and I’m able to cover the costs myself if needed.

– Brook