In an attempt to reduce registration spam that has lately been affecting some Mastodon servers on I will be applying a custom patch to Mastodon v3.2.1.

This will require a restart of instances hosted on and cause ~30 seconds of downtime.

You can read the details here:

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?

@mark Thanks.

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.

@mark You can create a new account and then in your current admin go to Preferences->Moderation->Accounts and find the account you want to make admin. Click to view the account details and you will find a Promote button. Click the Promote button on a regular user and the user becomes Moderator, click the Promote button on a Moderator and the it becomes admin.


@mark About who is followed when they sign up. You can change that in Preferences->Administration->Site Settings under "Default follows for new users"

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