In an attempt to reduce registration spam that has lately been affecting some Mastodon servers on Masto.host I will be applying a custom patch to Mastodon v3.2.1.
This will require a restart of instances hosted on Masto.host and cause ~30 seconds of downtime.
You can read the details here: https://masto.host/testing-custom-code-to-fight-spam-registration-on-mastodon/
Do let me know if you notice any registration problems with this patch and if you were getting regular spam registrations see if there is any reduction in the next days.
@mastohost This is great work, thanks. I would like the option of making an instance invite-only, or friends-of-friends particularly, rather than all-open or all closed.
Also - is federated data sent in clear text or encrypted in some fashion? Could there be a shared private key among federated instances?
You can change the instance to invite-only. Got to Preferences->Administration->Site Settings and change the "Registration Mode" either to "Approval Required to Sign Up" and the visitors will see a form where they can request an invite. Or you can change it to "Nobody can Sign Up" and in this case there is no sign up form but in Preferences->Moderation->Invites you can generate invites to send to the people you want to join.
@mastohost Also want to create a new admin user as the default user one follows, rather than my personal account.
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