My log analyzer tells me that since installing Mastodon the number of requests from Firefox and MacOS to my web server -- which hosts multiple domains -- has gone from 60% to 30% and the number of requests from "Unknown" and "Unknown" have gone from 30% to 60%. My web server is receiving more requests from the federation than from real people.
I've written some stuff about Python database connection pools. https://paullockaby.com/archive/2019/09/flask-connection-pool-for-postgresql/
I develop software. I take photographs. I spend time in nature. I endure the judgement of my dog. I run this server.
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