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The Sunny Gardener - December 2023

The bottom of a small plastic xmas tree standing on a black faux leather banker’s box. A row of ornaments are arrayed beneath the tree like presents: a Coca-Cola can, a Tim Hortons coffee cup, a Starbucks cup, a Timbits box, a marshmallow dressed like Santa sitting on a graham cracker, a Starbucks mug that says Vancouver.

Threads (Partially) Comes To The Fediverse

As they announced back in July, Facebook/Meta began with a limited test of federation in mid December, allowing Mastodon and other fediverse users to follow a small handful of accounts belonging to Threads team members.

My stance for is essentially unchanged since originally discussed back in July: we are preemptively blocking

As I see it, there are two main reasons to allow federation with Threads:

These are both things that I might be pleased with if they pan out for the better; however, the vast majority of the feedback I received from users has been opposed to federation with Threads.

Many fediverse users, myself included, moved to the fediverse to leave behind various negative aspects of centralized big tech platforms, the advertising, engagement algorithms, centralized control, commoditization of personal data, poor moderation of hate speech, and so on… and have no desire to re-engage with those big platforms again at any level.


There was another wave of spam messages in mid December, mostly from and Both are large well federated servers that allow signups without manual approval, which makes them attractive targets for spam operations.

I wrote about some of the difficulties in preventing fediverse spam back in May, particularly for servers that allow registrations without manual approval. The affected servers did manage to get things mostly under control within a few hours. switched to manual approvals for signups as part of their response, at least for now.


Overall activity was generally level for the month.

Typically there are less than 10 reports a month, but the spam wave resulted in burst of reports in December.

55 new users, 492 active users, 51k interactions, 31 reports opened, 31 reports resolved

Hosting Costs

Storage costs continue to creep up slowly as expected, as the database size increases and more higher resolution media is posted.

Cost spreadsheet, text version follows

Expand Hosting Costs 2024-01-01
Main Server 4-8GB-160GB -$36
Media Storage 284GB/mo. -$11
Media Bandwidth Free $0
Backups (Database) -$12
Backups (Media) 21GB/mo. -$1
Domain Name $35/yr -$3
Email Server -$5
Donations One-Time $36
Donations Recurring $37
Monthly Totals
Previous Balance $104
Total Expenses -$68
Total Donations $73
Balance $109

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