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The Sunny Gardener - September 2023

Mastodon v4.2.0 Upgrade

The big news this month was the release of Mastodon v4.2, which brings opt-in full text search, a reworked privacy settings screen, “exclusive lists” which allow you to follow somebody in a list without their posts showing up on your home feed, a new onboarding flow to guide new users, and a variety of other fixes and UI tweaks.

For more details check out the official announcement, or the full changelog on github. was upgraded to v4.2 on September 22, and upgrade itself went relatively smoothly, with only some minor bumps.

Reception to the new version appears to have been generally positive, although there are enough changes that some things are bound to not suit everyone. Personally I’m disappointed by the removal of the ability to choose 16:9 cropped images on the web UI.

These are a sampling of the more interesting changes from the rather lengthy change log:

Media upload size limits have increased:

And some of the UI tweaks for users of the web UI:

Last but not least, a fix I’m sure that American users will be relieved to see:


Things are still cooling off after the last spike in new users, and overall activity has remained fairly level this month.

60 new users, 495 active users, 49k interactions, 5 reports opened, 5 reports resolved

Hosting Costs

No unusual expenses this month, yay!

Cost spreadsheet, text version follows

Expand Hosting Costs 2023-10-01
Main Server 4-8GB-160GB -$36
Database Backups -$9
Media Storage 163GB/mo. -$7
Media Bandwidth Free $0
Media Backups 17GB/mo. -$1
Domain Name $35/yr -$3
Email Server -$5
Donations One-Time $10
Donations Recurring $38
Monthly Totals
Previous Balance $156
Total Expenses -$60
Total Donations $48
Balance $144

Canadian Dollars

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