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Beware exhausted ElfBuckz

Some users noticed today that their ElfBuckz balaces were exhausted, or near-to-exhausted. Currently, the system won't tell you if your ElfBuckz are running close to empty, it'll just tell you that your renewals failed, and leave you to figure out why!

I have a plan to send out notification emails re low balances, but for now, check in on your ElfBuckz balance occasionally to make sure you've got enough! You can also subscribe to a monthly ElfBuckz topup once you've got a handle on your expected usage requirements.

Added SSH Rclone mounts

We had our first request from a user wanting to mount data from a seedbox provider, in order to run an app not supported by that provider (Pyload). Consequently, we now have an SSH rclone mount product group for such a configuration. One interesting discovery was that the password submitted when you place the order needs to be an rclone obscured password (which is not really secure, since rclone can decode it again, but it prevents casual "shouldersurfing").

A longstanding issue has been that users haven't been immediately aware of where to find their newly subscribed apps (the https://<username> links). I've learned a little bit of Wordpress-fu today, and managed to create an "Apps" link on the store dashboard, which should direct you to your personal apps collection!

Similarly, I found that the workflow which sends the "welcome to ElfHosted" email (including a dashboard link) wasn't triggering because of an incompatiblity with DigitalOcean's managed MySQL product (which requires primary keys on all tables, even temporary ones!). I've applied potential workaround, and updated MailPoet (the plugin author) about the issue. Hopefully we'll see a fix soon, they seem to have a rapid dev pace.

Today's scoreboard

Metric Numberz
Total users 47
Bugz squished 2
New toyz 3

Bugz squished

  • ๐Ÿ› You no longer get redirected to an unparsable URL when you first login
  • ๐Ÿ› Filebrowser issued a new version 2 days ago, which broke our implementation (invisible to users thanks to Kubernetes rollingUpdate rollout strategy). I've rolled us back to the previous, working version.


  • July 2023 "Elf-Disclosure" report, and official "production" status!
  • Revisit the "refer-a-friend" workflow

Thanks for building with us - stay tuned!