VC rarely produces open protocols and ecosystems like ActivityPub. But it LOVES moonshots like "decentralize Twitter by building on the blockchain."
"Some of what's truly good for us is bad for them. So let's not rely on them to tell us when we finally have privacy, or digital wellbeing, or whatever will comfort the masses today. We know what real privacy feels like, even online. All we have to do is acknowledge what we've lost and take the smallest of steps to reclaim it."
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Some background on an old GitHub issue here: https://github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/issues/309#issuecomment-324486566
@liaizon Yep, that should work
(I think it's more noticeable with Articles because Mastodon only shows a title and the link. Which is oddly terse in social media land.)
One way to enable this while reducing abuse might be to let the publishing Actor (i.e. the post author) specify other Actors that can boost and add a comment. So e.g. @ matt @ write.as could allow: @ matt @ writing.exchange, and I could get the effect I'm after.
One time I really wish Mastodon had quote-tooting is when I'm sharing ActivityPub Articles (i.e. blog posts).
Would be awesome to natively boost a post with a little personal comment added, especially to aid in a fediverse conversation around the post. Otherwise you get what we have right now: every post is "Shared without comment."
@liaizon It involves manually checking endpoints right now.
For an instance, you'd verify that /api/nodeinfo exists (e.g. https://pencil.writefree.ly/api/nodeinfo). If it doesn't, then federation is disabled.
For Write.as, since federation can be disabled per-blog, you'd use Webfinger a webfinger request (e.g. https://write.as/.well-known/webfinger?resource=acct:firstname.lastname@example.org). Here's code to generate that URL: https://paste.as/7oez9k470q6zjnkk
Still thinking about ways to standardize how we show this information in UI. /subscribe links are all user-generated
@ingehygd Hey, welcome! Have you enabled federation from your blog's "customize" page on Write.as? Once you do that and save your settings, it should show up here.
Let us know if you still notice any trouble!
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