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[sic] link aggregator organised by tags AGPL-3.0 python3 django3 sqlite3

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In a nutshell

  • No Javascript necessary. An HTML5 compliant browser is enough; it even runs on w3m, the text web browser.
  • Lightweight, requires only a python3 environment and stores its database in a sqlite3 file.
  • Can be deployed with WSGI compatible servers (Apache/NGINX) or even django's development server if need be.

✒️ Forum features

  • Posts can be text and/or URLs.
  • Posts can optionally have any number of tags.
  • Latest stories RSS and Atom feeds are provided.
  • Post and comment text content support commonmark Markdown syntax.
  • Posts and comments can only be upvoted. Support for flagging (downvoting) will be added soon.
  • Posts can be pinned to the top with a time limit or indefinitely.

🏷️ Tag and 🗂️ Aggregation system

  • Tags can optionally have any number of parent tags (but cycles are not allowed)
  • Tags can optionally be organised in Aggregations, which are collections of tags with a common theme. A user's frontpage can be either all stories or their subscribed aggregations' stories.
  • Aggregations can optionally be private, public or discoverable by other users.
  • Aggregations can be set as "default" by moderators. New users are subscribed to default aggregations.
  • Users can create their own aggregations at any time.
  • Tags, users and domains can be excluded from an Aggregation via exclude filters.

🔍 Search system

  • Comments and posts are automatically indexed in a separate sqlite database file using the fts5 (full text search) virtual table extension.
  • Posts with URLs can optionally have their remote content fetched and indexed with a django management command (e.g. from within a cron job).

🎛️ Permission and moderation system

  • Users can be inactive, active or banned.
  • Moderators can set the number of days for which an account is considered new. New accounts cannot add tags or perform other potentially destructive actions.
  • Public moderation log.

📨 Notification and email system

  • Mentioning other users in comments notifies them.
  • Users can choose when they receive each kind of notification via email
  • Users can optionally enable a weekly digest email.

👥 Account system

  • Users can either freely sign-up or have to be invited to.
  • Users can optionally request for an invitation (this feature can be turned off).
  • Users can save any story, comment to their bookmarks along with personal notes and export them at any time.
  • Users can add personal metadata in their profile, including an avatar.
  • Users can add "hats" to their account, which are decorations that can optionally be added to a comment. For example a moderator user wanting to comment as a moderator and not as a user would use a hat.
  • Users have a personalised Atom or RSS feed that shows only their subscriptions.

🌐 Web standards

Setup / Deployment

cp sic/local/{.template,}
vim sic/local/ # REQUIRED: add secret token
vim sic/local/ # OPTIONAL: local settings (SMTP etc)
python3 -m venv # OPTIONAL: setup virtual python enviroment in 'venv' directory
python3 -m pip install -r requirements.txt # Or 'pip3' install...
python3 migrate #sets up database
python3 createsuperuser #selfexplanatory
python3 runserver # run at
python3 runserver 8001 # or run at
python3 runserver # or run at public-ip:8000

For macos you will need to provide paths for headers and libraries like so:

$ python3 -m pip install pygraphviz
$ python3 -m pip install \
    --global-option=build_ext \
    --global-option="-I$(brew --prefix graphviz)/include/" \
    --global-option="-L$(brew --prefix graphviz)/lib/" \
    -r requirements.txt

See for deployment instructions.

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