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      Making More Room / chatterboxtown-us-news-and-announcements · Sunday, 24 December - 22:02 · 1 minute

    Hello ChatterboxTown.US community!

    I hope this season finds you healthy, happy, and safe. Thank you all for making ChatterboxTown.US an active and growing service. While there was already a plethora of XMPP service providers out there, many were based in Europe with rather specific themes and target communities: like cyberpunk, hacker, clandestine, rave/party, etc. My intention for this service was to be a US based XMPP provider with a more general/generic public image. Not too long after, being a user of myself, I was asked to cooperate with their project as their default public XMPP service provider. From that point on, registrations grew. After 3 years of operation the current server resources are nearing depletion and I have begun the process of migrating to the next tier server. I do enjoy maintaining this service as a free service to the public. But, as we continue to grow, I will be more dependent on the community's generosity. I only petition those who have been using this service for at least a year to consider contributing to the operations for this next year by donating a single amount or a small monthly donation using the options at this link

    Thank you for considering!

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      July 19, 2022 Outage / chatterboxtown-us-news-and-announcements · Friday, 29 July, 2022 - 19:29 · 4 minutes

    First of all, I would like that say "Thank you!" to all the users of ChatterboxTown.US and to the the people at for your patience and kindness during the extended outage that occurred between July 19 and July 20. Basically, I woke up that morning on July 19 to find ChatterboxTown.US completely unreachable. I immediately contacted IONOS hosting company support and they did a quick look at my resources monitor and claimed that my resource usage (CPU and RAM) was maxed out and that was why my system was unresponsive. Now, for the last year, ChatterboxTown.US has grown to about 750 concurrent online users with resource usage still remaining at less than 25% capacity (even up until the night before). So this was a very surprising analysis to me, but I could not argue because I could see on my control panel that the system monitor was in fact showing what they were saying. They said I needed to upgrade my VPS to a higher capacity and that would solve the problem. I went ahead and agreed to upgrade the VPS to one that would cost me 5x more than what I was currently paying, but if that meant getting things operating again quickly it was the least of my concern at the moment. So, the upgraded VPS was fired up, but again the system was unresponsive upon boot up and resource usage was still showing max usage. At this point, I thought maybe my system OS had really bit the dust. My next option was to rebuild the services on a new VPS. I had them deploy a new VPS with the original capacity. Within minutes of getting the OS running and updating, the new VPS became unresponsive as well. Reporting back to IONOS support, they could see and agree that having two separate VPS lock up like that was bigger problem and they escalated the issue to their data center techs. Anyway, I had to go to work by that time, so I figured maybe I'll hear back sometime during the day. Halfway, through my work day, I called support again to asked when I should expect to get a reply. It was then that I was told the data center techs are in Europe, so they probably wouldn't even see the support request until their work day started (like 11pm my local time). Not much else I could do at this point but wait and start making a plan B.

    So, when I woke up the next morning to still find no reply from tech support, I started shopping for another VPS host to start rebuild my service. It was about 29 hours since the outage (I did finally get an automated email saying the techs were investigating the problem), while I was working on preparing the new VPS at the new host, when I decided to check my IONOS VPS one more time. This time my VPS booted up and remained online. ChatterboxTown.US services were running normally again. It was an hour after that I received an email stating they "fixed the problem" without any further details.

    Well, good news and bad news for me. Services were back online, but now on a VPS that would cost me 5x more than my original VPS, and which I really don't need since it was not the solution to the problem. I took this issue to IONOS support. How do I restore my contract back to what it was before I needlessly updated my VPS? The answers were rather unsatisfying. First, they could not downgrade the VPS to lower capacity tiers. Second, their data center techs could not (would not?) be able to take my virtual hard drive and just attach it to the appropriate VM. Third, the only way to downgrade back to my original tier was to manually rebuild my server myself on a new lower tier VPS (essentially going through the whole disaster recovery process when I really didn't need to). Fourth, even though I'm going back to my original VPS capacity, the prices have now gone up a few dollars. Of which they cannot (will not?) revert back to my original contract price. In a weird way, I feel like the landlord somehow orchestrated some kind of disaster to make me sign a new lease into a unit that is exactly the same as the one I was living in, only now rent has gone up.

    Well, that's what I did. I rebuilt and restored my backups on a new VPS (of which is the same original capacity as I've had, with a couple dollars more on the monthly bill). I was given a $25 voucher for future invoices.

    The VPS on the other host? Yes, I'm keeping that too. It's already on standby in case the IONOS VPS needs 24 hours to reboot their hypervisor.


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      11 October, 2022 Unknown contact

      Hey there. Once upon a time digital ocean deleted my entire VPS without reason and I lost the only backup I had of a really cool blog I was building. Since then I wasn't able to get back to writing short stories. I soaked them with complaints that paid for my VPS services for nearly a year afterwards, based on their mistake and owing me LoL, and I ended up going with #linode which I've been with a few years now and I recommend it. Never an issue like that in say, 3 maybe 4 or more years. I love managing my DNS with them too it propagates in 5 minutes :O

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      Friendica node at ChatterboxTown.US is permanently closed / chatterboxtown-us-news-and-announcements · Thursday, 28 July, 2022 - 14:53

    Friendica node at ChatterboxTown.US is permanently closed
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      ejabberd server upgraded to version 21.12 / chatterboxtown-us-news-and-announcements · Tuesday, 4 January, 2022 - 21:36 edit

    ejabberd server upgraded to version 21.12

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      ejabberd server upgraded to 21.07 / chatterboxtown-us-news-and-announcements · Tuesday, 24 August, 2021 - 03:32 edit

    ejabberd server upgraded to 21.07
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      ejabberd server upgraded to 21.01

      admin · / chatterboxtown-us-news-and-announcements · Saturday, 30 January, 2021 - 07:59

    Our ejabberd server at ChatterboxTown.US is now running version 21.01

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      We have a Friendica node @ Social.ChatterboxTown.US

      admin · / chatterboxtown-us-news-and-announcements · Friday, 8 January, 2021 - 02:46

    We have opened a Friendica node at Social.ChatterboxTown.US. If you are looking for "niche-less", general identity home on the fediverse, this might be the place for you.

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      Biboumi IRC Gateway Added

      admin · / chatterboxtown-us-news-and-announcements · Tuesday, 22 December, 2020 - 12:03 edit

    The Biboumi IRC Gateway has been added to our service. You can now use your XMPP account and client to connect to IRC channels. For example, if you want to join the IRC channel "#channelname" at IRC server "", in your XMPP client you would join MUC address "" See Biboumi End-user Documentation for more usage help. This feature has been added to ChatterboxTown.US for convenience. But please note the IRC gateway does not conform to the same privacy level as our main XMPP service, whether you’re using encryption or not. This is exactly as if you were running your IRC client on someone else’s server. Only use our Biboumi IRC Gateway if you don’t intend to have any private conversation.

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      Upload file size and file retention limits have been increased

      admin · / chatterboxtown-us-news-and-announcements · Monday, 21 December, 2020 - 10:53

    We have increased out maximum upload file size (for a single file) to 2GB with a total user quota of 4GB in 7 days. ChatterboxTown.US was started with the media creator in mind. With Covid-19 restrictions, pre-recorded productions for churches and other groups have increased, but in person exchanges have decreased. We wanted to make ChatterboxTown.US accommodate larger file sizes that normally cannot be exchanged via email and most other instant messaging services should one want to make a more direct file delivery to others, as opposed to using file upload services.