Heh, this is pretty much what I imagined the "local timeline" on WF being -- a cross between a directory of users who wanted to be listed on it, and a stream of the most recent posts from them. https://mastodon.social/@Gargron/101192194776647834
@write_as Yes, yes I do.
Some follow-up questions:
- Should it be publicly visible, or only visible to logged in users? Maybe an instance-wide admin option?
- Should all users on an instance be included in it by default? Opt-in? Opt-out? (Especially if the timeline is public)
- Would you expect to be able to interact with posts in the timeline (e.g. follow, reply, boost)?
If a post is public it should appear on the public timeline I think. So have an option on each post, and then a profile setting to configure your default (public or private). Public timeline should be visible to anyone, not just logged in users. Logged in users should be able to curate their timeline (only see posts from people you follow). I'd want to be able to reply (comment?), Favorite, or boost a post.
- I think there should be an admin setting to make the timeline public or not, as there is in Mastodon. Also, an admin setting for the DEFAULT permissions for posts. Each profile should be able to override that default at both the profile level and the post level.
- I would expect to interact on a limited basis. Follow certainly. I'm not sure about how boosting is going to work. Reply, no. I think that would encourage people to reply without reading.
For now, we'll have a very basic version of this in today's v0.6 release. Here's a preview: https://pencil.writefree.ly/read
@write_as This looks pretty rad. Opt-in is great, and finding people by interest really would be the next level.
@write_as and I say yes too ^^
@write_as I keep write.as in my RSS reader. It adds a human accent to my tech news and howtos.
A local timeline just takes a step further. It gives the opportunity to discover writers of both commonality and diversity. It provides connection and a means to expand discussion. It let’s users learn more ways to use the platform. It creates a sense of community within the #fediverse.
Mastodon is a great example of how 500 characters can become an expanding shared experience.