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The IndieWeb Gift Calendar (previously IndieWeb Challenge) is a group effort to ship one or more IndieWeb-related thing(s) each day of December that others can use to improve their IndieWeb experience. Anyone can participate, and if you’re looking for ideas, see the Inspiration section below.

This can be anything from major wiki documentation contributions / improvements to shipping updates on any of the IndieWeb applications (like social readers), services, CMSs, plugins, community libraries, or any other projects in use by multiple folks.

See last year’s gift calendar (where we shipped something every day!) for specific examples.

Please keep in mind the Considerations and if you’re not sure, you may want to first make a commitment for yourself (and follow through) to ship something you’ll use on your own site, as it will likely help reveal ways to improve things for the community as a whole that others can also use:

Once you've finished something, write a short blog post and link to it in the calendar below!


Please keep in mind the following considerations when adding something to a day:

  • It must be shipping / usable, not just a blog post announcing / saying you plan to do it.
  • Is it clear what your thing does?
  • Is it clear how someone is supposed to use it or otherwise benefit from it?
  • What use-case does it solve for others (besides yourself)? Ask yourself, how would/could someone else in the community use the thing I'm posting?
  • If it's a markup / styling example, is it clear what its purpose is, and how someone could/should copy the markup/styling and customize it for their own site?
  • If it's a programming example, is it clear how an indieweb site could use the code, using what language(s)? Does it require any frameworks?
  • If it's a code example or project, is it clearly open sourced, with a clear link to its GitHub or other code repo that has at least a README explaining how it can be used for either direct user benefit or to enhance existing indieweb sites?


Looking for something to do to benefit the community?

In general (feel free to add things here that you find inspiring in general, or hope someone else is inspired to do :)

  • to-do and look for something you can do in a day!
  • look for easy IndieWebify issues to fix, fix one, and get an update deployed
  • New release of microformats2 parser(s)
    • php-mf2
    • ...
  • Work on 2019-review and previous years that weren't completed
  • ...

Specific inspirations:

  • Tantek Çelik: In addition to to-do items I've added (which anyone should feel free to snipe), I want to:
  • gRegor Morrill: I'm interested in getting a new release of php-mf2 out.
    • I have a handful of pull requests that have been reviewed but not merged, if another contributor could double check those and merge that would be much appreciated
    • Are there any other open issues we can quickly fix and merge before the release?
  • fluffy I'd love to work with someone to get AutoAuth in a usable state.
    • One compatible IndieAuth user endpoint
    • One commandline tool and/or client library for acquiring a bearer token
    • Finish up the AutoAuth-specific protocol support in Publ CMS's resource token generator

In progress

Got something you're working on for the IndieWeb Gift Calendar but it's not quite complete or ready for community re-use? Feel free to link to it here while you're working on it, especially if you'd like others to review it, provide feedback etc.

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Previously called the "IndieWeb Challenge", it was renamed 2019-12-07 due to confusion about who was it for (yourself, others). Renaming discussion follows:

Note: planning to rename 2019-12-04 morning PST to best consensus choice, absent objections. - Tantek Çelik

  • Current top candidate: IndieWeb Challenge -> IndieWeb Gift Calendar

There have been multiple new community members that have (mis)interpreted "IndieWeb Challenge" as something they’re supposed to make/post/ship *on their own site* for the month of December, instead of the intent of making something *for others* to be able to use. The notion/framing of a "challenge" does imply personal accomplishment so this is an understandable mistake.

Thus it is worth considering renaming "The IndieWeb Challenge" to something which more directly communicates the intended meaning of "ship something IndieWeb-related that benefits the community, people in addition to yourself, every day of December".

Candidates (feel free to add more)


See Also