Version 0.19.X Deployment

Hello world!

I’m sure many of you fine folks have been wondering why we have not upgraded to version 0.19.X yet.

The whole team here has been getting asked this question quite a bit, from both members of the community and other instance admins. We want everyone to know, YES, we will upgrade to version 0.19.

We do not have a hard date set for when we will be upgrading as of yet, as we have about 7 associated task items that go along with this upgrade for things we need to double-check and confirm there will be no breakage.

Another big reason why we have not upgraded is due to reports from other instance admins that the front-end GUI can have performance issues. While a large portion of folks access our site using apps on their phones, we would rather not degrade the user experience for the rest of everyone else.

Worst case in terms of UI slowness, we would ask everyone to use either Alexandrite () or Photon () to mitigate the potential performance issues.

One final point to mention to address the delay is that we usually wait 1-2 weeks after a new release before applying it to production. This was complicated by the fact that there were multiple releases right after each other, with each new release having issues we hoped would be patched in the NEXT version. A new version would come up, and we would have to evaluate the stability and performance of it, which would take about 2 weeks, and then ANOTHER version would come out, which we would need to test. This was further complicated by the fact this was during the holiday season.

Version Release Date
0.19.0 2023-12-15
0.19.1 2023-12-20
0.19.2 2024-01-10
0.19.3 2024-01-24

For us, stability is paramount, as we care very much about keeping everyone happy here.

While we can appreciate the rapid release of patches on 0.19, I hope everyone can now understand the delay. If all goes well, we will set a release day in the next week or two, most likely on a Saturday around 1800 UTC.


  • @WhiteOakBayou
    473 months ago

    Thanks for the update. I am looking forward to instance blocking!

    • Draconic NEO
      62 months ago

      Just don’t be too excited since it only blocks communities on instances, not the users on it.

      Excerpt from

      Users can now block instances. Similar to community blocks, it means that any posts from communities which are hosted on that instance are hidden. However the block doesn’t affect users from the blocked instance, their posts and comments can still be seen normally in other communities.

      It’s still definitely useful, but it’s not as great as it’s been hyped, and won’t solve the spam problems from specific instances.

      • @Xabis
        102 months ago

        I am more interested in cleaning up All than the user brigade at this point.

        I turned off nsfw due to all the porn and yiff, and I really would like to filter out instances that are in a language I don’t speak.

        • Draconic NEO
          22 months ago

          Yeah I just want to make sure people know so they don’t get their hopes up and get disappointed or frustrated that it doesn’t act like personal defederation.

          That is very likely what I’ll use it for as well, since I basically stopped browsing all due to the NSFW communities who’s posts would pop-up randomly in it, sometimes even unflaired 😬.

          filter out instances that are in a language I don’t speak.

          I’d avoid that as it’s a bit overkill and many of those instances may also have English-speaking communities. A better solution is to exclude the languages you don’t speak from your settings so the posts and comments won’t appear for you.

          • @Xabis
            22 months ago

            exclude the languages you don’t speak from your settings

            Thanks for the tip. This option is not surfaced in voyager, so I had no idea of its existence.

            There is a warning that deselecting “unspecified” will remove most posts, so it remains to be seen how much this will help.

            • Draconic NEO
              22 months ago

              Yeah it would be good if more communities and instances chose to enforce setting a language, they can do that by excluding unspecified from their community which will disallow people to make posts there that don’t have the language set. Obviously nothing can be really done for posts that don’t set the language, as well as for most apps which don’t set the language whatsoever, or have really weird ways of doing it.