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Moving feeds/items between channels #40

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fluffy-critter opened this issue Jun 27, 2019 · 2 comments

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commented Jun 27, 2019

Is there a mechanism for moving a feed and/or its items between channels, ideally preserving their items' read/unread states?

What about having a feed's items going into different channels based on various rules (e.g. <category> tags in Atom)?

One possible use case is on e.g. my website, I have different categories which serve different purposes, and would benefit from different UX for each one, and it would be nice to have some sort of mechanism to not have to subscribe to each site section under a different channel.

Some of this functionality would be better-expressed by the clients/endpoints rather than Microsub itself but it's not clear where the line should be drawn or how to provide a good UX for it.

Perhaps this could be a case for having a post-update hook where an external filter can take action on an item as it comes in before it is presented to the reader.

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commented Jun 27, 2019

I've had this on my todo list for Aperture for quite a while: aaronpk/Aperture#37

Moving a feed/subscription to a new channel does seem like something potentially useful for a client to do, although I'm not sure what I would want the UX of that to look like.

Before this ends up in the Microsub spec, I'd want to see at least Aperture and one other server support the feature on its own even without a client UI for it.

If any client developers have an idea for what this might look like in the apps that'd be great to see sketched out here as well.

Thanks for starting this discussion!

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commented Jun 27, 2019

I have a UI to switch channels based on author, so the feed defaults to one channel and specific authors in that feed get moved to other channels (think facebook and twitter feeds). This is on unicyclic.com, which is currently only a microsub server, but it's on my list to make the client side of my reader a microsub client.

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