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InstantIB.LynxChan + Onion: An Imageboard Host Builder Anonymous Board owner 04/30/2020 (Thu) 17:08:36 No.10678 [Reply] [Last]
I'm releasing a modified version of Anon.cafe's build and maintenance tooling. It is an Ansible role that turns a CentOS 7 server into a LynxChan 2.3.7 host with an nginx reverse proxy in front to handle HTTPS termination and traffic limiting. It is very configurable and includes variable documentation as well as a tutorial to help those unfamiliar with Ansible get up to speed. It's my hope that this will help Anon spin up new imageboards without having to struggle against many of their software's peculiarities and tedium. I've also added a role that will set up Tor hidden services; it permits either hands-off management of the hidden service private key or storage of the hidden service private key in an encrypted Ansible Vault. InstantIB.LynxChan is at https://gitgud.io/Skyline/instantib.lynxchan InstantIB.Onion is at https://gitgud.io/Skyline/instantib.onion The role bundles and builds several pieces of software not available in CentOS repositories (e.g. ExifTool to strip EXIF from images and FFmpeg to generate better thumbnails), may optionally create a special user that can pull remote MongoDB database dumps from elsewhere, ensures that both MongoDB and LynxChan will restart on failure, detects and handles necessary service restarts/reloads, may install and configure the webring/alternate captcha/native image generation addons if desired, supports proper multi-device favicons, provides enhanced TLS security by default, optionally generates strong custom Diffie-Hellman (DH) key-exchange parameters for extra security, allows optional IP range blocking at the network firewall, configures Security-Enhanced Linux to work gracefully with MongoDB, and allows optional use of the notoriously obtuse Sendmail to relay email from LynxChan to an external mail host. If you have some basic GNU/Linux literacy and follow the tutorial then read the documentation carefully, you will be able to use this to spin up and maintain a LynxChan imageboard of your own. You can override and adjust the variables and then re-run your playbook to gracefully detect and adjust only what needs to be adjusted on your server. The role is presently in alpha; although I use it with full confidence on anon.cafe, it is possible that it might not work for some combination of options I've never tried, or I've broken it while adding the latest enhancements for genpop use. I recommend that you try it out thoroughly against a virtual machine before using it on any kind of production instance. Be careful and methodical. Future tutorials will include the Paranoid Admin's Imageboard Hosting Primer, in which I will briefly explain the different privacy and security trade-offs you can make as an imageboard admin for yourself and your users, making payments and taking donations without compromising your identity, understanding how to maintain OPSEC+COMSEC+FINSEC in such a way that a single breach will not be your undoing, how all this might be done in practice, and more. To those who do not have the literacy this tooling assumes and would prefer something a little more intensively hand-holding, more will come. I nevertheless encourage you to muddle your way through with a VM, a CentOS 7 netinst ISO, and a search engine - if nothing else, you will come out knowing a little more than you came in with.
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>>13229 Just use tor, it takes a few tries because rizon blocks certain tor nodes.
>>13255 Ahh, I see. I guess I gave up too soon then. (stopped after 3-4 different circuits using their browser interface) I could try again. Any particular advice about using Hexchat, etc., set up? I tried using both port 9050 & 9051 iirc, but it also didn't work (and I think I gave up immediately on that one).
>>13240 >>13241 sorry i missed these thanks, anons.
Why does the site keep going down Is it just server maintenance or something else? Hope everything is daijoubu.
>>13343 >Why does the site keep going down Do you mean today's downtime? As far as we're aware we haven't been down for months until today, not counting occasional minute-long interruptions when software components automatically restart. >Is it just server maintenance or something else? Hope everything is daijoubu. Something went wrong with the machine our VPS was hosted on. I posted about it at >>13342 after we came back up from the few hours' downtime. That thread is where you should post about this,, rather than here in the InstantIB thread.

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Requesting Boards Anonymous Board owner 09/01/2019 (Sun) 02:54:24 No.3 [Reply] [Last]
------ ⬇ JULAY.WORLD REFUGEES READ THIS PLEASE ⬇ UPDATE 2020-04-28 1300 UTC: If your board was previously hosted on Julay.world, please keep in mind that Anon.cafe is much smaller and runs on even less than Julay.world's very slim resources. We also don't want to disrupt the feel of this site and we don't want to become bloated like Julay.world did. We will also not be able to accommodate your board if, in our judgement, it poses a threat to Anon.cafe's continued operation or existence. However, we'll be helping in another way by doing what we can to ease the process of new admins setting up their own imageboard instances and joining the webring. Watch this space. ------ Self-service board creation is disabled. If you'd like to run a board on anon.cafe, please create an account and then post in this thread with: >The username you created >Board URL (e.g. /meta/) >Board name >Board topic >Would you like the board marked SFW (i.e. no explicit or other adult-only content)? Please review the Global Rules before you request a board. Please also be certain that you are willing to carry out the duties of a board owner. Boards whose owners do not log in for more than two weeks will be marked inactive and put up for claim. Boards that remain dead for an extended period may be deleted if resources need to be freed.

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>>13351 >everyone who disagrees with me is a tranny Unlike /pol/, /fascist/ actually has some high quality discussions.
>>13348 >>13349 >>13350 Out of interest, what are you requesting that we do?
>>13352 So your point of contention is post quality and not comfyness? That seems like a weird reason for banishing an entire board. >everyone who disagrees with me is a tranny Except I specifically said people who think hating niggers and kikes and who want a lainchain like hugbox imageboard are trannies. I laid out the exact characteristic being criticized and didn't use it as a broad insult at anyone who disagrees with me.
>>13353 I think unlisting it from the overboard would be a reasonable measure.
>>13355 Board owners may use their board settings to delist themselves from the frontpage + overboard while remaining on the board list and top boards, or delist themselves entirely from the frontpage+overboard+boardlist+top boards. If you'd like to suggest that /k/'s owner do this then the right place to ask for it would be on /k/; we decline to intervene here.

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Meta^2 Anonymous Board owner 09/01/2019 (Sun) 02:35:28 No.1 [Reply] [Last]
How /meta/ Works /meta/ is a board for discussing anon.cafe's present, future, and past. Please stay on topic. Board meta discussion should be posted on the boards concerned. What We Run Backend: LynxChan 2.3.7 (https://gitgud.io/LynxChan/) Frontend: Customised branch of XanderLynx (https://gitlab.com/alogware/xanderlynx)
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Community Announcements Anonymous Board owner 05/21/2020 (Thu) 16:31:32 No.13261 [Reply] [Last]
Sometimes boards do things and think that it would be nice for other boards to know about it. Every week - assuming there are events - we'll post upcoming events in the global announcement slot as smaller community announcements. If you'd like your event to be added to the rotation, post here with your: >Board >Event name >Event thread >Event date and time (please provide time in UTC at minimum plus whatever other timezones you'd like included) Board owners may suppress community announcements without also hiding all global announcements if they desire by using custom CSS to hide class "community-announcements-board-owners-feel-free-to-hide-this". I've taken the liberty of making /otter/'s Ottercine otter movie night the first event we announce. Good job, /otter/.
Lovely idea.
>>13261 Great idea Admin.
>>13261 Thanks for this, Owner duderino. We're working to make /icup/ a great event, I hope things will work out.

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Bugs, Issues, and Changelog Anonymous Board owner 09/02/2019 (Mon) 15:52:13 No.18 [Reply] [Last]
If you notice something wrong that isn't "it's slow", post about it here. If something is fixed or changed, it'll be posted here.
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>>13329 It's working fine for me, what video are you trying to play?
>>13286 >but its closed source and developed by Germans, so its by default not trustworthy when it comes to upholding freedom of speech. <sauce: anon's ass https://github.com/yacy https://github.com/orgs/yacy/people It's biggest issue is that it's written in Poo.
>>13331 the biggest issue is there is no support
The downtime that happened just now was an issue at our host’s end. We contacted them and they fixed it. Business as usual. We already have a fallback server so we’ll be looking into putting a status announcements page there shortly.
>>13342 >We already have a fallback server so we’ll be looking into putting a status announcements page there shortly. that's good news to hear, thanks Admin.

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Anonymous 05/23/2020 (Sat) 10:31:25 No.13271 [Reply] [Last]
With Julay and Fatchan both gone, could this place evolve to be the next "center" of the webring? If so what can be done about it?
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Anon.cafe is not a venue for inter-site drama and we are not the Missouri for whatever spat is being had this week. Take it elsewhere. >>13321 Thank you.
>>13322 Could you have at least archived it before deleting it nigger? The guy doesn't want to repost it so it must've been something damaging.
>>13323 >Could you have at least archived it before deleting it nigger? Kek. Couldn't 'you?
>>13324 I was too busy playing video games so I didn't get to see what happened until now.
>>13323 Remember you can put links into archive.is search. http://archive.is/vaVco

Oncoming Death of /r9k/ Anonymous 05/04/2020 (Mon) 07:07:18 No.13163 [Reply] [Last]
It seems like it's the end for us bots. If any of you (robots) are reading this I'm sorry it has to end this way for us. It seems like this place, this name, which we called home will soon become naught but a memory. It might be a bit pathetic to be sad about an imageboard but I am. All these years of conversing with friends, with brothers will all be lost in time, like tears in rain. I considered all you bots friends and to me /r9k/ was truly like a band of comrades all with shared purpose and shared experiences. Unless something happens to completely alter our course then I'm afraid that the momentum is against us and so this may be goodbye. May seem overly dramatic to make this post at this point but I'd rather make it now while there's still some cohesion rather than when we're truly dead Feel free to delete this if you feel it doesn't fit in /meta/ (remade due to fucked formatting)
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>>13228 I don't know anything about bigguy but judging by >Probably would've worked too since it's clear the fucker was a massive pussy He doesn't sound too different to me so you can still take a shit.
>>13231 The basic rundown on the story of fucker that took over after you is... >the board is BOless >a dolphin fucking retard with autism posted some unsavory links on r9k and becomes a known character similar to certain testicless fiend only, somehow, even more autistic. >skip to BO transfer >dolphin fucker tries to diguise himself and take over the board >big guy gets board instead >things are good for a few weeks but dolphin fucler spams the board and temporarily downs anon cafe >skip a day or two and things are back to normal >skip a few more days a thread gets shat up by a literal nigger and a literal faggot and people start wondering what the fuck the BO is up to >two days pass without BO doing shit >meta gets a shit ton of complaints about BO not doing shit >BO being the absolute pussy he is cracks at the anons complaints and like a petty bitch gives the board to the dolphin fucker who proceeds to delete it. You'd have to try really hard to be this fucking retarded.
>>13234 Would you guys be up to it if I was to claim the board here again, but give it to the owner of the other /r9k/bunker? He seems more professional and looks like he gives more of a shit of everything. Or would that bring a userbase that you don't want anymore?
>>13242 I (balkan/r9k/ BO) already put in a claim for /r9k/ that was declined. But the account(robot) is there so it'd be unnecessary to do a weird double transfer. If you want to shill for /r9k/ to be brought back or ask about it you should probably post here >>3
>>13243 Will try to contact via email, maybe since I was the first /r9k/ BO admin may help a bit.

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Webring: use Posts Per Day instead of PPH Anonymous 05/08/2020 (Fri) 13:57:03 No.13208 [Reply] [Last]
Hi, this thread has 2 points: 1) I think the current lack of activity in the webring makes Posts Per Day or Posts Per Week a far more useful metric than Posts Per Hour (in which most boards have 0 even if alive). Do most of you agree? 2) Is there a better place to request this change? Where is it?
Seems like a decent idea
The webring as a whole should have separate counters for "current" PPH and "average" PPH. The latter is probably more useful overall so I agree with this suggestion.
>>13208 I absolutely agree, but it might be better to ask in smug's webring thread on /support/ or on julay's /meta/ board, as the people running those sites were the ones who actually wrote the webring software.
>>13208 Concurring with this

Anonymous 05/05/2020 (Tue) 16:35:00 No.13179 [Reply] [Last]
[TUTO] LynxChan 2.4.0 installation on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS + server configuration with nginx + let's encrypt + cloudflare + installing a third party front end + adding addons + setting a vanity onion address. Some tutorial to set your own server + demo website. https://bchan.net/b/res/1.html#1
>>13179 Thanks lad, looks detailed.

Will there be another radio? Anonymous 05/03/2020 (Sun) 16:26:30 No.13131 [Reply] [Last]
I really enjoyed this radio session with you anons.
>>13131 Hopefully.
For the time being, not until maybe July when Julay "closes" (with the Admin's permission). There's a few reasons for this, but the big two are that I think it fell short of its second objective in favor of its first objective, and that these things are a pain in the butt. You have to plan a stream, looking at minimum 5-6 hours if you aren't cheesing it. Then there's contacting the other boards which you'll have to sink about two or three hours into. Then when running it you have to be constantly vigilant and following the thread while simultaneously keeping up with /r/s and whatever is being discussed. Each board is going to have a different attitude so you've got to balance music and consider if certain types of music won't fit your audience. There's also lots of impatient people who get mad at you for not having the block they want at the time they want it, and you'll inevitably forget someone on accident or delete their /r/ while trying to not go until six in the morning (do not go until six in the morning). There's also the simple fact that /animu/ does a jazz stream on Friday nights, /a/ does a r/a/dio stream most Saturdays, and they also do a lounge on Sundays, so while not really "competing" it might come across that way (this week just happened to fall under a "rest week" for r/a/dio). All that being said, if anyone on anon.cafe would like to start a consistent radio (doubly so if they're a Euro and want to stream during Euro timezones since I don't think any member of the webring with a music stream server does that as of this time), and they have the Admin's permission, I'd be glad to show you the ropes using Mixxx. Just hit me up on /a/'s IRC channel or shoot an email to notcia@national.shitposting.agency (warning: cockmail has been up and down for the last month). I'd keep it to just anon.cafe boards and maybe occasionally inviting a handful of boards though- a webring-wide event is just too much. Just keep in mind if your time you host it isn't good for the boards you're hosting for, you might only get like 5-10 listeners. Whenever I did a stream for Euro timezones we averaged 7 listeners versus the 30+ that attend American-time r/a/dio.
>>13146 >it fell short of its second objective in favor of its first objective Do we really need a radio stream for that though? Maybe we could have one central board/thread somewhere where webring issues in general can be discussed, and perhaps make that a permanent thing. That would fit the purpose better I think.
>>13147 The idea is usually that it's easier to get people to actually conglomerate and mingle when there's some sort of event used as an excuse to get them to conglomerate and mingle. Normally you'd be hard pressed to get, for instance, Kamisama and Nepfag into the same room without there being an event excuse behind it.
>>13146 > fell short of its second objective in favor of its first objective I don't think it did. I can see some of the information given and questions answered during the stream now forming the part of the foundation of some guides being written and passed around. I liked that we did a bit of serious business and then just lost ourselves to the party atmosphere. >these things are a pain in the butt I was impressed at how well it flowed. I'm surprised it only took 5-6 hours to plan the stream, but you're experienced. A lot of people underestimate the craft involved in being a good streamer.

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