Dear ActivityPub community!
I’m somewhat active in the Podcasting 2.0 community. This community works on the Podcast Namespace, which extends the RSS standard with new tags for podcasts. For example the
podcast:person tag (to identify individuals heard in the podcast, both presenters and guests), or the
podcast:funding tag (to indicate ways to financially support the podcaster). Podcast hosts should support them; podcast apps should use them.
The loose group is now also discussing comments (via a
podcast:comments tag), and one venue that is being explored is ActivityPub.
The goal here is a YouTube-comment-like-experience. But then in some decentralised fashion. I see some open questions regarding
- hosting (where are the comments hosted; by podcast host, podcaster, podcast client app, or another specialised comment entity)
- moderation (should probably be the responsibility of the podcaster, but this depends on who hosts the comments)
- inclusion (should comments be gathered through a hashtag of some sorts, or is there a single thread that is displayed)
- initiation (who gets to ‘start’ a comment thread, and who has control over this (client app, podcaster, no-one))
- technology (should we rely on Mastodon, or create a ‘new’ ActivityPub-based standard specific to comments? If something new, in which ways should it federate?)
Adam & Dave (who basically initiated the Podcasting 2.0 community) are discussing the comments concept here - I would recommend listening to it because it probably gives a better idea than my summary above:
Podcasting 2.0: Episode 44: Separating the Nodes from the Noobs
It would be great if the ActivityPub community could chip in. Every 1,5 week or so there’s a community developer meeting, and the first next one is Wednesday 7 July at 20:00 CEST. I’m pretty sure that Podcast Comments will be on the agenda for that meeting.
If you prefer to chip in on Mastodon, there’s a discussion thread here:
Would be great to hear from you