/kbin quick update

As you noticed, I had to temporarily enable DDoS protection. Someone is trying quite effectively to distract me from my activities ;p Unfortunately, this may cause some issues with the federation. I will try to cut off the traffic as soon as possible and return to normal operation. Thank you for all your support and patience! :)

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suffering from success

baard2k avatar

Absolutely, kbin is great so far.

CynAq avatar

Yup. I'm loving it so far in terms of functionality.

General community experience is to be seen but I'm hopeful.

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The nice thing about Reddit was that you knew the vibe of each of the subs. Since everything is so new here, and the influx so immense, it's going to take time for the various communities to settle. Unfortunately for the old timers here, the pre-existing magazines here are unlikely to maintain their prior vibe. Hopefully they don't hate the Reddit exodus too much.


I have a feeling most of the exodus is going to be reddit old-timers that might fit in a little better than the rest of reddit, but y'know, remains to be seen.

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Oh I hope so. I miss when top comments were actual top tier comments that added to the discussion. Now it’s all about posting jokes.

Kierunkowy74 avatar

Do not worry about us, kbin.social oldtimers - it was founded only on April, and we are early adopters ;)

losttourist avatar

Like any similar site it will succeed or fail on the back of the community it manages to attract and keep, but I have to say that for me KBin feels far more like a natural workflow than Lemmy. I think I'll stay!

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That's the cool thing about the fediverse. We can all access the same content the way we like it. If it made sense to you, you could view this all through Friendica (FB) if you wanted.


Wait reddit banned a sub showing how to make an account here? They are trying to speedrun their demise at this point.


They did. The sub was /r/KbinMigration

elrac avatar

Want to hear some irony? I'm here because I saw a thread on Reddit about that subreddit being banned.

sickday avatar

Nice, the Streisand Effect is working


Yup, same here.

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Me too! Today I tried both this and Lemmy, but I find Kbin more to my taste in terms of interface, and I can still access all of the Lemmy threads, which resolves the only issue (IMHO) of kbin: lemmy seems to have more content and "threads/magazines/subreddits".
I hope to make Kbin my new home after the Reddit exodus!


Same! I’ve been trying to comment this on Reddit where possible so that others won’t try just lemmy and give up. Hoping to stay here permanently


Same. Made my account this morning and since then this site is visibly more active already.

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@elrac Lmao same. Was going to join Lemmy, saw a thread about Kbin being banned, and here I am.

@ernest @ajar7 @Sota4077


I was tagged? Haha.

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@Sota4077 Ah, sorry. Still figuring out Kbin.


No worries. I really am unsure how most of this works as well.


I saw that and immediately went "alright, sounds like Kbin is the place to be!" If reddit is banning it, then Kbin must be seen as a threat.

ernest avatar

@ajar7 Yep, I saw it that way, and it seemed to be going quite well. That changed a few minutes after I posted the screenshots and server specifications :) Perhaps it's just a coincidence, but it was a huge change in such a short period of time. I still want to verify this and have external confirmation, but DDoS protection is currently the only option to keep the website alive.


Errant avatar

Appreciate the work you are doing and it's been cool watching kbin develop so rapidly! Uptime has been impressive given the circumstances.

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@ernest Ban subreddita /kbin, ataki DDoS, znaczy boją się Ciebie wielcy tego korpo/bigtech świata 👍 👏

Gratki Ernest i


Hi all,

Is there a way to track and collect data on how long each request takes?
Twenty eight seconds to upvote a post is pretty painful.

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Lemmy.ca still can't access kbin.social. I'll be patient though.

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Yeah, looks like I'm seeing the federation issues as I don't appear to be able to follow my kbin.social account from my Mastodon instance - guess it's being blocked.


That whole sentence is so dang confusing lol. I am so unbelievably green with the federation stuff.

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The way I have it, Mastodon works like Twitter. Kbin, Lemmy, etc. work like reddit, as a way to gather together tons of individual forums/subforums.

Only, because they all use the same networking protocol, they're all compatible with each other. So imagine being able to use your reddit account to follow/respond to a tweet. The whole thing comes off as so much chaos to the uninitiated, and I'm kind of liking it


To add on to this, as I've understood so far, a lot of the issues people are having seem to be the equivalent of many doors facing a common courtyard. However, some of the houses have doors that only open halfway because they were built at a different height to all the other doors. So everyone can get everywhere, but we haven't yet figured out how to make sure all the doors are able to open properly.

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Glad to see kbin taking off. I prefer it over lemmy and the magazine concept has helped me explain it to others. I tell people kbin is like a shop. Anyone can set up their own shop. Then people can create magazines, and in those magazines, posts are like articles and you can comment on those articles. But this shop can also see the magazines in other shops etc. Its a bit arbitrary but it's actually helped people understand the fediverse in terms they understand

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Another explanation, also valid: /kbin is also like a bookstore - with people being able to create their own magazines (or even newspapers), consisting of long-form articles, but also of short notes (fitting a toot on Mastodon). And it contains also magazines from other bookstores, as they collaborate with /kbin. And people are able to write their own pieces on every magazine, not only these, which they own!

I loved magazine name of "subfeddit" since first sight, and now, I love this dual meaning even more!


Honestly, the site is far more responsive than it was yesterday. Keep doing what you're doing.

It's likely there is also a bunch of other tuning happening and this is unrelated to performance increases, but I stand by comment.


While it's probably from HN, make sure you don't fall victim to the Mastodon design flaw causing DDoS-like traffic: https://jort.link.


I don't see how that can be solved with the fediverse right now. It definitely needs some proper p2p propagation protocols.


I have received 508 errors from my hosting provider due to thousands of instances hitting my home page at once. I had to alter my .htaccess file in order to send Mastodon user agents trying to hit my home page to a static page.


No worries. You're doing a great job. Keep it up.


That might turn away some users, hopefully not too many

Cal avatar

The suble signs of success is when someone tries to mess with you. Well done!


Impossible to use the site on mobile with desktop site as it cycles forever on the cloudflare security site


Is JavaScript enabled?


Also the mobile site has a baffling UI that I think is completely unusable. I can't even understand how to navigate it so unless you let me use the proper site this is a non starter.

artillect avatar

What's wrong with the mobile UI? I haven't had any more issues with it than I have on desktop. It works practically exactly the same on both

elrac avatar

Something I noticed is that, on mobile, the kbin logo in the upper left corner opens the menu next to it instead of going back to the main page. You have to hit the house icon in the menu. It isn't obvious that you are in a menu when that happens.

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I noticed the same thing just now, this is my first time using it on mobile. Not a big deal whatsoever, but my brain basically ignored the house icon for a minute. Still really liking the experience so far though!

elrac avatar

I've been ignoring the house icon in my browser for something like 25 years, no way was I going to notice it at first on here.


Only issue I found is that it has issues with larger font scaling, but I haven't used it much mobile yet.


Is there much difference between DDoS and large traffic.

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The end result is the same!

jsheradin avatar

How can we help support server cost? I don't immediately see a donation link.

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