tl;dr: I'm stepping down as administrator of There's Life. I'm looking for a replacement. If I can't, you have until December 31st to find a new instance to call home.

I know I've said this before, but this time it's for real.

I was 14 when I started There's Life. I'm 18 now, and my life is going in directions that make running this instance impractical. Including the possibility of pursuing higher education.

I've enjoyed interacting with all of you and providing a comfortable nook of the Fediverse for Christians to thrive. I will never regret my part in that.

I'm looking for someone who can run this in my stead, taking over administration of the instance, its virtual machines, and its finances. Last time I handed off the instance to someone, they had their own obligations to fulfill, and management mostly reverted to me. I can't do that this time.

Here's the ultimatum: if no successful complete transfer of power happens by the end of November, There's Life will be discontinued. I will stop paying all administration fees and the server will shut down. There's Life will go offline no later than December 31st.

If you are interested in taking over, please contact me. I'm hoping to transfer everything as soon as I can. You must be committed to either running it indefinitely, or passing it along to someone else who is.

I'm also willing to educate those with some understanding of Linux servers on how to run Mastodon instances or help transfer it to a service like masto.host.

There's Life members, please share your thoughts! This decision is about you. Please ask any questions you have about this, and I'll do my best to answer. I can't say everything in one post. :-)

had now been updated to the latest version of . The most notable new feature is the new language selector. You can now say what language your post is written in, which allows people to filter for languages more easily.

This is particularly useful for accounts that post in multiple languages.

Also, welcome @ty to the server! 👋🎊

Please message me (@jwinnie) if you have any comments or concerns!

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Maintenance is done. A significant server upgrade has been performed.

Ruby has been upgraded to version 3, which should bring significant performance improvements due to the new JIT system.

Mastodon has been upgraded to version 3.4.3, which should bring some fixes and user interface improvements.

Overall, you should notice a snappier, more reliable experience.

Thank you for your patience my friends 😊

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Performing maintenance. Apologize in advance for any downtime in the next few minutes.

I've made a new file hosting service called Eggnog.

eggnog.theres.life/

Files are XOR encrypted by default, with a 1 megabyte limit.

Hello everyone! @jwinnie here. I am stepping in to help out with administration!

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to ping either this account or my personal account (@jwinnie), message me on Matrix, or e-mail me (links in my personal profile).

Have a great day friends, and don't forget to praise the Lord!

There's Life Announcement and Request (long) 

Hello, world! Or, more specifically, the community.

I hope you all are doing well and are having incredibly enjoyable days.

The announcement: I'm going to be stepping down as administrator of There's Life. I will be increasingly busy with work, school, and family in the following months and I was wisely advised to pass my role to someone else.

I'm not going to write some farewell address, since I'm not leaving just yet. Instead, I am currently looking for another capable administrator who would be interested in taking my place.

This would involve:

  • Administrating the server (updates, general sysadmin stuff)
  • Administrating the website (managing federation, descriptions, helping people with their accounts, etc.)
  • Guiding the direction of There's Life

Along with any other miscellaneous tasks these require.

There are many people who can manage a server, but fewer are likely to be willing to handle all of these.

All other projects related to There's Life, including the Plume instance, Funkwhale instance, and all future plans, will be continued or ended according to the discretion of the new administrator.

Yes, I'm looking for another "BDFL". Unless the community is coordinated enough to manage everything by itself, this is the primary option available.

The whole transition will take place over a certain amount of time and will involve lots of communication (text messaging, video calls) to ensure that the new administrator will be faithful and trustworthy.

Primary qualifications:

  • Has some experience with system administration (it need not be professional)
  • Is a follower of Jesus (this is a Christian community)

If you'd like to discuss this and possibly consider taking this position, please come chat over Matrix. My ID is @mott:matrix.org

Feel free to ask any questions you may have about this.

More information about this will be posted in the coming weeks and keep the process transparent to the community.

As you all know, There's Life was down almost all day yesterday. This was due to payment difficulties (no, not lack of funds). It is back up now and we'll be on top of it.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Hello, !

We updated There's Life to use the glitch fork of Mastodon. It includes a few improvements and additional features that should improve the experience.

github.com/glitch-soc/mastodon

We experienced a few minutes of downtime in the process, but thanks to @josias and @jwinnie everything is now running smoothly.

The aforementioned administrators are now working on a fork of Mastodon that implements a new "neighborhoods" feature.

github.com/thereslife/mastodon

currently has one person actively moderator and administrating the instance. We used to have another moderator until recently, but for the last few months one person has been reviewing applications, monitoring the federated timeline, and managing the server. Unfortunately, some things have slipped through the cracks.

So we're looking for another member of the There's Life community to help moderate the instance.

This would involve:
- Reviewing registration applications (simply filtering out spam requests)
- Monitoring the federated timeline (deleting offensive posts and muting users if necessary)
- Resolving reports (which are generally few)

If you'd like to help out or just ask more questions about this, please DM this account or reply to this message.

Hello, and ! I hope everyone is doing well.

Mastodon instances like ours do not display advertisements or sell your personal information for profit. Administrators often volunteer their time and experience to keep things running.

However, there are still expenses to keeping the server running, and we depend on your generosity to do so.

If you'd like to donate, do so through PayPal by sending to the address: lifenetwork@pm.me

God bless you all! Enjoy your day.

(feel free to ask questions for more information)

We haven't closed registrations yet, simply because we need a place to send Christians looking for a Mastodon instance. We don't want to close up and block those out of fellowship.

faithbook.ovh lists several others, but we don't know them individually well enough to blanket-recommend a specific instance.

So for now, registrations will remain open.

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There's Life

A family-friendly social network (Mastodon instance) devoted to the new life found in Christ.