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Notes from Virtual Homebrew Website Club, December 27, 2017 taken as the conversation flowed. They don’t have any order to them other than time (roughly), and related items have been grouped.
Attendance: Aaron Parecki, Martijn van der Ven, and Tantek Çelik.
- Both Aaron Parecki and Martijn van der Ven are working on the New Year commitment.
- Aaron Parecki wants his likes and reposts automatically POSSEd to Twitter.
- Quill was doing it for him before, but that doesn’t work from the iOS app. So he wants his Micropub server to do it instead.
- Martijn van der Ven is working on a multi-user micropub endpoint that will allow anyone to use their own IndieAuth enabled website to login before posting.
- Using the PHP IndieAuth library and trying very hard not to get distracted by it.
- Tantek Çelik is looking at one of his main reasons for Facebook: birthday information.
- Where would you get notifications for birthdays on your own site?
- If a reader backend is creating a nicknames cache, presumably it has access to birthday data. Could it feed those to the reader?
- Martijn van der Ven: I would generate a feed of events out of my nickname cache.
- Difference between nickname cache and storage of people’s information (i.e. an address book). A nickname cache shouldn’t contain any information that isn’t fetched from a person’s homepage.
- What would an address book and nickname cache combination look like? Something like Google Contacts where contact information is also being updated from associated Google (Plus) accounts?
- What would best describe Facebook’s Birthday UI?
- Feed of events?
- Feed of cards?
- The Facebook display isn’t really a feed display at all. It is more a display of person information sorted by birthday.
- Tantek Çelik also brings up challenges, as seen on Strava.
- The idea being that anyone can issue a challenge for people to participate in.
- But also that participants should not have to do anything different from how they publish outside of the challenge.
- Example: if Alice issues a challenge for running, and Bob is posting his runs to his website, Bob should be able to participate in the challenge without changing anything about how his runs are posted.
- Martijn van der Ven wonders if it would work in an RSVP-like way.
- Example: Bob would like to participate in Alice’s running challenge, and RSVPs to the challenge post to accept. Alice can now follow Bob’s feed to see his runs.
- After IWC Austin an Etherpad was started for ʇɥǝ ndsıpǝ poʍu ʍǝq: an alphabet of web technologies that have fallen from grace.
- Takes inspiration from 2015-08-12 : An Alphabet of IndieWeb Building Blocks: Article to Z (archived).
- The alphabet needs to be finished.
- Tantek Çelik, taking inspiration from D&D references in Stranger Things, would like to imagine all those technologies as “monsters”.
- There is an artist who would be able to draw each technology as an actual monster, Monster Manual-style.
- Martijn van der Ven would love to add actual stat blocks to them, and use them in a D&D set.
- Look, there is even a stat block Web Component!
- Aaron Parecki published a post after taking his code live:
- 2017-12-27 : Automatically POSSEing Likes and Reposts (archived)
- Martijn van der Ven put a demo of his Micropub implementation live shortly after ending the vHWC: Sink.