Trouble Following Mastodon User

Is there’s a waiting period before will surface a new Mastodon user? My buddy joined about a week ago, but I haven’t been able to follow him using the discover search.

His profile is at Robert Silvernail ( - Mastodon but he’s not found at

There’s not a waiting period, but what has happened here is that keeps track of when searches on a Mastodon server are repeatedly failing, and it temporarily stops looking up users from that server. That is what has happened here.

I’ve cleared the error manually and that user should be discoverable now.

I think we’ll need to tweak our logic here so that it recovers from these errors more quickly. I added it back when was getting hit by a denial-of-service attack.

Thanks for the fix!