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Benevolent dictator Mike here.

My budget is going to be tight for a while, and while there's no danger to Chinwag, support would be more appreciated than ever.

If you can't, don't. It's cool. We'll still be here for you.

Deffo, our Mobilizon instance, has been updated to 1.0.5. While it's not really going to be considered to be "launched" until there's a bit more support for customisation, it can be relied upon not to vanish without warning.

Some physical servers need to be relocated, and as a result some minor Chinwag services may be offline for the next few hours.

This won't affect Chinwag Social or messaging, but some experimental stuff or web sites may go offline and I'm not doing a thorough list because it shouldn't be for long.

Basically if you notice something of ours is down or slow tonight, it's probably because of this and it'll be fixed soon I promise.

Chinwag Social is now synced with Mastodon 3.2.2.

Deffo has been updated to Mobilizon 1.0.3.

Three years ago today, came online! Thanks to all the great people who've come to hang out with us during that time, we're looking forward to heaps more new friends in the years to come.


Chinwag Social has added some new moderators!

We live a pretty quiet life around these parts, but it never hurts to get ahead of demand on stuff like this, so please say hi to @Andrea, @rolaveric and @Funkpirata and don't make them work too hard please.

These users are among our longest-active ones, and have defined our culture here on that basis; always relaxed and friendly. The place already pretty much belongs to them on that basis, so it's nice to make it official in some way.

To aid in easy access to Deffo for people wanting to manage their events with us, it's now possible to register and sign in using your Google or Twitter account.

More login methods will be added over time.

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Our Australian-based instance is now up, at - this was originally planned for about a year ago but ... you know, 2020 and all that.

It's now relaunched as Mobilizon recently released 1.0, and so the timing seems about right to do it properly. It's got a few rough edges, and it's not really possible to customise things much right now, but we've got to start somewhere!

We hope this will be a new, permanent Chinwag-provided service. Enjoy!

Chinwag Social will be going down for maintenance very briefly in about 5-10 minutes. Shouldn't take long.

Chinwag Social was down for a little while last night (local time) due to what seems to have been a cascade of one tiny issue leading to a bigger one.

It seems that a low memory situation, possibly triggered when a backup runs, can cause one minor and non essential service to be killed. This leads primarily to a massive increase in log entries generated, which rapidly consumes disk space until it fills up, bringing down everything.

I'll change some alarm thresholds as a result.

I'd like some help related to managing Chinwag's web site. I started typing out a brief description of what I wanted, but realised it was getting rambly so it's on the blog instead:

TL;DR: I'm putting jobs off because I can't make web stuff look good and would like help moving from Wordpress to Hugo or similar. Looking to trade sysadmin skills for your aptitude in web things.

Rewriting the Terms of Service for Chinwag Social is something that's long overdue but has now begun. The current TOS is a bit of a mess that was hastily thrown together about three years ago and doesn't cover much.

If you're keen on discussing this, have any points you'd like to raise, or just want to take a look, there's a forum post for this purpose.

Chinwag's aspirational to-do list is now available to the public for anyone curious about future plans and what help might be needed.

This will be an evolving list with suggestions and discussion welcomed.

We're back! Chinwag is now synced up with Mastodon v3.1.5. :awesome:

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Chinwag Social :chinwag: will shut down for a software update about 30 minutes after this post (2pm Melbourne time).

The downtime should only be a few minutes.

We now have (let's call it a beta test) a forum for discussion of Chinwag services and user support.

An informal forum seemed the best fit to provide access to information for future reference. Feel free to ask about our plans, provide any tips that might help or ask about anything we do that you're unsure of.


Currently considering updating the Chinwag Terms of Service to explicitly disallow accounts that purely mirror content from another site. This is primarily targeted at the use of Twitter crossposting TO Chinwag. Going the other way is fine, that's up to the other side to set policy on.

Not aware of any current users this would affect, but if you've got an opinion on this proposed policy please weigh in.

Chinwag Social users who have Conversations installed on their phone should now be able to make voice and video calls to other Conversations and Movim users. users, not quite yet - more info soon.

This is barely tested, please send feedback if you use it.

Hey! It's Chinwag's birthday! :toot:

On May 13, five years ago, was launched to serve as an example for a "how to set up an server" tutorial and that service has been online ever since.

We added some more stuff along the way, too! No plans to go anywhere!

Our Jitsi Meet service at should be functional again, please feel free to give it a go and shout out if you have issues.

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