@VaVeros @willaful
(I don't usually jump into the conversations here but if you're talking Dalmatians, I gotta represent. :) )

@VaVeros @willaful
Sure lots of tension, but still comforting. When the children are in danger, the parents get busy and go save them. All of them. And every animal in the country helps. It's how the world is supposed to work. Super reassuring.

@lauravivanco @willaful @keirasoleore
Oh that's a really good point. Perhaps there should be some conversation here about what rules to put up before we proceed?

@willaful @keirasoleore @lauravivanco
I just thought it might be better to stick to friends and family until I've got the email issues resolved, backups running, etc. But we can do it now if you like.

@herhandsmyhands @willaful @ros the little "settings" icon at the upper right corner of the column, turn on "display all categories" and it'll show you an @.

or, in the current mode, just clicking the "mentions" tab might work too.

@cjewel oh I hadn't heard of that one. I'll look into it, thanks.

@lauravivanco before SMTP it was literally a game of telephone - your computer would call another computer which would call another, etc, passing the mail along step by step until it got to the recipient.

you'd have to tell it in advance what route to follow when you addressed the letter. it was all kinda fun, if you were a nerd and nothing important depended on it working.

@lauravivanco "simple mail transfer protocol".

(it was probably tempting fate to name it that.)

@keirasoleore I hope so. I'll try to get to it this week.

y'know 20 years ago email was dead easy to set up, I would've done it without a second thought.

10 years ago it was still easy... but also massively choked with spam, so I never bothered.

nowadays spam is under much better control, but at the cost of everything being so insanely complicated I want nothing to do with it.

this is why we can't have nice things.

*heavy defeated sigh* I'm going to have to set up an SMTP server

@keirasoleore okay, it's done.

I don't know why the migration of followers didn't work, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was trying to send "are you sure?" messages to your other email account and you weren't getting them and so couldn't say yes.

but your post asking people to follow you at the new account has not been deleted, so they'll see it.

thanks for your patience.

@keirasoleore @KeiraSoleore1 ugh it's probably trying to send you confirmation emails and your email host is still blocking us :(

I can suspend your old account, which will make it invisible, and optionally delete the old posts from it at the same time. shall I?

@herhandsmyhands @lauravivanco there are two or three other unconfirmed email addresses too, same offer for them.

(but I don't see addresses that look anything like "growly cub" or "GC", so I don't know what's going on with her...)

@herhandsmyhands @lauravivanco just out of an overabundance of caution, I want to get independent confirmation of everyone's email address before I confirm their accounts here. if marilyn could DM her email address to @willaful, and it matches an address I see in the confirmation queue, I'll fix it.

@KeiraSoleore1 @lauravivanco that's done, so you should be able to log in as @keirasoleore now. you can delete your second account if you like.

@KeiraSoleore1 @lauravivanco I don't know how or if I can change the username on your account, but I can hand-confirm your other one.

@lauravivanco it seems to be related to our email provider, a company called mailgun which is nice for us because it's free up to 10k messages per month. But apparently someone's used them to send spam and Yahoo and Hotmail treat them with suspicion. I think I'm going to have to find a different provider :(

Meantime I might be able to confirm growly cub manually, I'll look into that.

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