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Re: Following a mailing-list through RSS 22 days ago

From Oliver Leaver-Smith to ~sircmpwn/sr.ht-discuss

There’s already a ticket I believe. 

I built a noddy service that does just that with an mbox at https://sm2r.ols.wtf/

Let me know if it doesn’t work/fit your means

Search engine ideas a month ago

From Oliver Leaver-Smith to ~ols/blog

There is yet more big-web resistance brewing, and for this reason I think it's time that I dusted off an old project of a curated search engine that anyone can run their own instance of (not federated).

I had relative personal success with a project called [veri][1] which met my immediate goals, however I now want to improve this project to make it a viable alternative for people. It will still be called *veri* which is both the Latin word for **truth**, **reality**, or **fact**, and also the Turkish word for **data**; all of these definitions seem pretty apt.

I have previously stated that the goals of *veri* are as follows:

* To be deployable by anyone to create their own specific-interest search engine
* To have an understanding of www, gemini, and gopher schemes
* To be modular, so that any of the individual components can be deployed without the others
* To be a good citizen of the Internet, respecting robots.txt and configurable User-Agent to provide contact details for the instance

All of these points still stand.

The workflow of *veri* will be as follows

Blog improvements a month ago

From Oliver Leaver-Smith to ~ols/blog

While I am in the mood, I thought that I would document a few things that I want to get working on this new way of blogging that do *just work* on other platforms.

## Comments
I don’t want to inject any JS to do comments, nor do I want it to be too arduous to leave a comment (this rules out Webmentions, no offence). I’m thinking that it should be handled through mailing lists as the blog posts are. So a mailing list such as `~ols/blog-comments` uses replies with the blog post’s message ID as a comment. Magic happens in the background to generate a static HTML page of comments, probably separate to the blog content itself. All of this would be seamless to the user, they simply email their comment and it appears on page. This would naturally replace the invitation to email my public inbox.

## RSS
RSS would need to be expertly crafted in order to have a feed alongside the blog and the mailing list. I have a buggy [mailing list to RSS generator][1] that would do the job, but it would be nicer to have something bespoke that is generated at the same time as the index for the blog. I should probably also add on a “subscribe to this blog as a mailing list” link at the bottom of each post too.

## New style
I’m bored of this one, which was only lifted from another of my websites that was meant to be plain. I think a full overhaul of all my branding is in order so maybe this one doesn’t belong here as it isn’t blog-specific. 

[1]: https://sm2r.ols.wtf

How I microblog a month ago

From Oliver Leaver-Smith to ~ols/blog

Given the general shithousery around Twitter at the moment, I thought it prudent to finally explain
how I share my micro-thoughts with the world.

To start things off, micro-posts are shared independently to the following locations:

* Twitter as [@heyitsols][1]
* Fediverse as [@ols@chaos.social][2]
* Fediverse as [@ols@yeet.ols.wtf][3]
* Web at [ols.wtf/thoughts][4]

Follow up conversations in threads are not shared across platforms, as they are specific to the place in which they are shared given the different kids of people that are involved which each.

Everything starts off with an iOS Shortcut on my phone. This takes text (either typed, from the share screen, or by voice) and sends it off to a server running OpsnBSD (naturally). A number of scripts are run with this text as their input to tweet, toot, yeet, and HTML-ify the content.

Re: Silently discard mails sent to builds@sr.ht a month ago

From Oliver Leaver-Smith to ~sircmpwn/sr.ht-discuss

October 30, 2022 12:17 PM, "Drew DeVault" <sir@cmpwn.com> wrote:

> Are you sure that this goes in transport? As far as I can tell this is
> not appropriate for this file.

Yes, my understanding of transport is that it is for address => destination mapping. The destination in this case being discard

https://www.postfix.org/transport.5.html

Re: Silently discard mails sent to builds@sr.ht a month ago

From Oliver Leaver-Smith to ~sircmpwn/sr.ht-discuss

Apologies, sent this off list:

I believe you add a line like this per address to /etc/postfix/transport

git@sr.ht discard:

And reference the file as transport_maps in your main config

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Re: New Blog Style a month ago

From Oliver Leaver-Smith to ~afontaine/blog-discuss

Fantastic blog post, I used it as the final push to finish my own albeit
it slightly clunkier: 
https://ols.wtf/blog/meta-a-blog-post-about-this-blog.html

You will have to let us know how you get on embedding comments, as I am
still in two minds whether to do this or not!

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Re: RSS feeds exposing latest emails from a mailing list? a month ago

From Oliver Leaver-Smith to ~sircmpwn/sr.ht-discuss

October 22, 2022 11:51 AM, "Oliver Lowe" <o@olowe.co> wrote:

> On Sat, Oct 22, 2022 at 10:06:01AM +0200, Bastien wrote:
>
> Yes! I thought about this recently. But not just for sr.ht; any
> mailing list! My idea was a utility I called mbox2atom.
> 

I too wrote my own mbox2rss which would be ideal for this purpose _if_ there was a programmatic way to get the mbox of a mailing list. Currently I think it requires JS (could be wrong) and is handled by a POST request which you can't make with a standard Personal Access Token. I'm not clear whether the "legacy" API or GraphQL allow downloading of the mbox either

Re: Sourcehut lists as a blogging mailing-list? a month ago

From Oliver Leaver-Smith to ~sircmpwn/sr.ht-discuss

October 21, 2022 3:00 PM, "Tanguy Fardet" <tanguyfardet@protonmail.com> wrote:

>> HTML emails are now supported but it is opt in for the list admin
> 
> There seem to have been a misundeerstanding: html email are not (and
> will not be) supported.

No misunderstanding, possibly just my brevity causing confusion

> I merely added the possibility to "support" mixed html/plaintext emails
> in the sense that the html part would be discarded to keep only the
> plaintext instead of replying with an error to the sender.

This was my understanding, but what it means is that your average user doesn't need to configure their client for plain text sending as it _should_ send as multipart anyway; accessibility for non-technical appearing to be one of OP's primary concerns

Re: Sourcehut lists as a blogging mailing-list? a month ago

From Oliver Leaver-Smith to ~sircmpwn/sr.ht-discuss

It’s just an email address, hide it behind a link if you’re worried

Also you can make the address look more “normal” if it really bothers or concerns you: https://man.sr.ht/lists.sr.ht/#posting

HTML emails are now supported but it is opt in for the list admin

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