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I've taken the liberty of adding a Matrix server! This is hosted at bark.chat and comes with a web-client called Riot.

Riot is an open-source alternative to Discord, and is federated like Mastodon. It supports end-to-end encryption (which will soon be the default) and also does voice and video chat (DTLS encrypted, supports peer-to-peer).

Feel free to make an account at bark.chat - you may also join our federated chat room at -of:bark.chat if you like! Link: bark.house/chat

I've taken the liberty of adding a Matrix server! This is hosted at bark.chat and comes with a web-client called Riot.

Riot is an open-source alternative to Discord, and is federated like Mastodon. It supports end-to-end encryption (which will soon be the default) and also does voice and video chat (DTLS encrypted, supports peer-to-peer).

Feel free to make an account at bark.chat - you may also join our federated chat room at -of:bark.chat if you like! Link: bark.house/chat

Mastodon has been updated to version 2.7.4! The changelog is available here: github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/

Thank you for your patience during our downtime. This was due to an emergency server migration.

bark.house is now running on its own, completely separate server. This should lead to a significantly more stable service, as well as the possibility of more services being offered from bark.house in the future!

Mastodon has been updated to version 2.7.3! The changelog is available here: github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/

Mastodon has been updated to version 2.7.2! The changelog is available here: github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/

Mastodon has been updated to the final release of version 2.7.0! The changelog is available here: github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/

Thank you for your patience during the brief downtime. Everything should be running smoothly again!

One of the new features introduced with Mastodon v2.7.0 is the profile directory - this is entirely opt-in. You can find the option to enable this for your account under "List this account on the directory" in your profile settings here: bark.house/settings/profile

Mastodon has been updated to version v2.7.0rc1! Changelog is available here: github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/

The Bark House now uses the Mutant Standard emoji set ( mutant.tech ) (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Mutant Standard emoji comes with instructions on how to use its modifiers. These are available here: mutant.tech/reference/0.3.1/mu

@ikariyalter Welcome to bark.house! If there's anything I can do to help, let me know!

This account will be used strictly for admin of the bark.social instance. Follow me for updates on server maintenance, or instance-specific news.

If you have any questions about bark.social or Mastodon, send a message my way here, and I will do my best to answer!

The wonderful thing about Mastodon is you can talk to anyone else using it, no matter which server they use. My personal account is @earfolds - feel free to follow me there to chat with me more informally!

Above all, enjoy your stay!

bark.house is now listed on joinmastodon.org under the Furry tag! Now I need to make a hero image to help it stand out a little...

I'm fully expecting anywhere between zero and one person to join, by the way. It's more symbolic than anything!

My server's been running just fine, and I'm not really waiting for anything else now, so I think I might as well open up registrations here on bark.house - I'm just going to post a link on Twitter, and see if any of my followers is interested... Here goes!

@Sir_Boops It's really obvious that my new instance is hooked into the y.s relay properly, but it still says "Waiting for relay's approval" in the admin panel. I'm just going to change the state in the database so I don't have to look at that message any more...

I think I spent more time writing the Code of Conduct than I did actually setting up Mastodon...

Hello, world! I have moved to The Bark House, a new mastodon instance that will soon be open to registrations. I will continue to keep my old account on earfolds.com open, but I will mainly use this account from now on.

I will begin sharing this instance to friends relatively soon, but for now I'll be the only user on here. I'm pretty happy with the domain name in particular!

The Bark House

An open community of furries based in the UK.