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Shouldn't rock some more? #335

aschrijver opened this Issue Jan 7, 2019 · 4 comments


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aschrijver commented Jan 7, 2019

I am a fan of ActivityPub spec, and love ❤️ all the work you guys have put into this standard. Mucho Kudos! ActivityPub rocks! Unfortunately ... rocks not so much.

I've read the last minutes of the Social Web Incubator Community Group where there was talk of an AP forum (preferably based on AP) and on-the-fly SocialHub Network (Discourse) was discovered (and #331 created).

IMHO what ActivityPub direly needs is some central place where people can track its development and implementations, find articles that were written about pros and cons of the spec, find out about the tons of implementation decisions of implementers (e.g. wrt auth), maintaining compatibility, etc.

I hear there are about 40 AP projects ongoing (source: can't find it anymore, but was some guy on Mastodon mentioning).

Currently finding where AP stands requires Googling, DDG'ing, GH/GL search, Mastodon #activitypub hashtag (hoping you're not hit with tootsuite/mastodon#8113), etc. In other words: really hard to get an overview.

Not saying that should provide this central place where one is informed, though it is one of the first places you'll find when searching for AP.

Are there plans to make this the go-to place for AP (non-spec) info? Would be great to see a (community-driven) site there and (bit later) an AP-driven forum..


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hellekin commented Jan 8, 2019

Note that the Decentralized Internet & Privacy devroom at FOSDEM 2019 is organizing an ActivityPub round table, and gathering AP editors and implementors to prepare it. See


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360fun commented Jan 11, 2019

that's great, I really hope we can move this forward: we need it ASAP! :)


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aschrijver commented Jan 16, 2019

A great idea has popped up in the fediverse, by @cjslep to dogfood the fediverse itself to manage AP evolution, described in this article.


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strypey commented Jan 17, 2019

I just want to +1 the proposal by @cjslep. I've been maintaining a watchlist of AP implementations for the ongoing dev of The exact number of implementations depends on what you count (eg just working ones, or in-progress/ proposed ones too?), but there are currently about 60 items on that list. That's already way to many of every implementer to have to communicate with every other one to get smooth inter-operation working, and keep it working.

This work has also involved comment in or creating issues proposing new AP implementations (eg for Dreamwidth and FOSSAsia's Open Event). I usually link to but I'm always asked where they can find more info about how to implement AP in general, and for their use cases in particular.

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