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The legacy stakepool service continues to vote for tickets for a few users that have not yet migrated. So the plan is to purge email addresses, the last remaining user identifiable information, from the database. This way the operation can persist for as long as necessary while still adhering to our goal of optimizing stakeholder privacy.

Just completed maintenance on vspd. The web interface for the old dcrstakepool has been removed, however the legacy stakepoold nodes and the legacy api will continue to be maintained until users have migrated to vspd. If you're still using the legacy voting service, please upgrade or you may not be able to cast your votes when the next hard fork comes up. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns!

Don't trust, verify. Run your own dcrdata node! ~8Gb ram and some modest compute are all you need. An old desktop or a raspberry pi 4 on your shelf will probably do the job.

Decentralized Treasury has passed the hard fork vote, and is now locked in!

Stakeholders, be sure to update your Decred wallet software before block 552448, which is about a month away.

As accounts are no longer necessary to use the voting service, new registrations for the legacy dcrstakepool system have been permanently disabled. Of course, the old voting service software will continue to be maintained until users have migrated over to the new system. 🎉

Congrats to the Decred project on releasing version 1.6!

Don't forget to verify your installer by hashing with sha256 and comparing to the PGP signed manifests on github.

The testnet vsp will be offline for a while pending migration to another VM. It ran out of disk space before I got around to migrating it to a new host machine with higher capacity.

And of course if you've been buying ticktes using the Decrediton 1.6 release candidate, you don't need to log into the website at all. You can simply (and privately) select your voting choice directly in your own wallet.

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Maintenance complete, you may now set your voting preference ahead of the upcoming on chain vote:

Maintenance notification: dcrstakepool is currently being upgraded. The website will be unavailable for a few minutes at some point over the next couple of hours.

I finally spent some time learning to use vimdiff as a git mergetool!

Testnet vsp is back and upgraded. :D

Show thread is offline for maintenance. doing a trial run upgrade to RC5 for the legacy stakepool software.

Make sure to upgrade to RC5 if you're running release candidates. RC4 and prior will no longer be able to purchase tickets after a recent api change.

Upgraded Mastodon to the latest release.
Upgraded vspd to master.
Upgraded testnet to RC5.
Started rolling out mainnet updates voting nodes up to RC5 from RC4.

At the very least, I can say the backups are working! 😂

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There was an unplanned server reboot this morning, after which mastodon-web/tootctl were throwing an exception "NameError: uninitialized constant ActiveSupport::Logger::WARNING"

After debugging for a couple hours, blowing away and restoring several times, I finally compared fresh-install environment variables to the production config. That's when I found the spurious var "RAILS_LOG_LEVEL=warning" that I must have forgotten about. Removing that resolved the exception. Derp! Lesson learned..

Performing maintenance on the vsp website, it'll be back in a moment. Voting nodes are all good.

vspd has been upgraded to head which includes a new api improvement (the ticket parent transaction) that should signficantly reduce the amount of time to confirm a fee for a ticket and verify that it has been added to the vsp. all voting nodes have been moved up to rc3 as well over the weekend. ie. we're ready for RC4 which will include this api improvement!

Nightly off-site backups for Mastodon have been implemented. Shell scripts and systemd-timers are just the best.

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Decred Citadel

This Decred citadel is a modestly fast, secure, and up-to-date Mastodon instance with monitored server availability and nightly off-site backups. Open to the Decred community.