i'm planning on upgrading lemmy.ca to v0.17.0 on friday evening (Feb 3, 2023), probably starting around 9pm CST.
it sounds like the database upgrade required could take a while, so expect at least a few hours of downtime.
[v0.17.0 Release Notes](https://join-lemmy.org/news/2023-01-31_-_Lemmy_Release_v0.17.0)
this should fix some federation issues. more info here: https://lemmy.ca/post/82807
i also added a registration application, since trolls were bombarding the site and lemmy.ml put us on their blocklist until we either added the registration application, or e-mail verification (which i'm not sure would've stopped the trolls).
it was [recommended](https://lemmy.ca/post/66462) for all instances. it would definitely cut down on spammers, but may discourage actual users from signing up too? just wanted to get everyone's thoughts on the matter.
if you're wondering who i am, i [previously posted](https://lemmy.ca/post/73688) in the [announcements](https://lemmy.ca/c/announcements) community, but didn't realize that there aren't many subscribers there, i've taken over the hosting of [lemmy.ca](https://lemmy.ca).
i've taken over [lemmy.ca](https://lemmy.ca), as originally discussed here: https://lemmy.ca/post/49203
with [kinetix's](https://lemmy.ca/u/kinetix) help, it looks like everything has been migrated over. let me know if you have any questions or run into any issues.