Some feedback on hubzilla:
1) It would be nice if comments were threaded instead of flat
2) Comments vs reblogs
Reblogs on Hubzilla are... WEIRD. You can reblog a post and you get a box with a bit of html and a blank title field. You can type below the code, but whatever you add will look like part of the original text. You could copy/past your icon in or use some html to make it obvious your comment is yours. And you can reblog a comment singly, but not a chain of them, and not a text post and its comments. I don't know if any of this is good or bad, but it is a bit confusing.
I had a conversation today on tumblr about reblogging and adding commentary to the bottom vs commenting on an OP's post a la LJ. (Looking at Hubzilla, Hubzilla is neither of these options. Hubzilla is Facebook, sadly)
on an OP's post is a convo between yourself and the OP. RN on Hubzilla this works like facebook. You comment and anyone who can see the post can see the comments, but it's a conversation limited to their followers. A local conversation, or at least, depending on your privacy controls, a public conversation that's only happening in one place.reblogging
with your own added commentary at the bottom is contributing to a wider community conversation that can travel beyond the people who follow OP/beyond you. this is one way for people to meet people beyond their circle of friends and for a wider public discourse to happen. According to what I've seen, this is one way fandom has become more inclusive of people who previously maybe lurked. Because the response to the fanwork is also shareable and can become... part of that fanwork. This is how we got tumblr posts with multiple authors that were one art piece between them. So reblogging with commentary
is itself is a fannish act with greater potential reach and importance than commenting on OP's post
. Tumblr has basically made responding into shareable content. It's also made having back-and-forth conversations unwieldy because you have to re-share the whole thing every time.
Right now on Hubzilla: reblogging it's unclear how you add commentary. It doesn't hold your hand through the reblogging process, shall we say!
So, do we go with comments or reblogs, or can we have both? Or am I thinking in a way that isn't useful, and is there a better way to allow both the easy back and forth conversation of comments and
the dada-art of excellent comment strings to be shared as posts in their own right, free to bounce around the public fandom space?
Do we maybe want strings of comments to be rebloggable? Or would this lead to abuse? Hubzilla has a strange feature where it allows you to reblog individual comments, but not a whole thread. Seems like we might as well be able to share whole threads and original post+comment threads.
I don't know what to do with all this, whether hubzilla has other ways of propagating conversation so it bounces around fandom in fun ways, or whether we want to add in something to make reblogging more user-friendly or allow comments to be reblogged, or whether this will all just be a mess? You don't need to reblog to answer and have a conversation, you can just sort your stream by most recently commented and answer directly, which is very nice for the private between-you-and-OP's friends conversation. But what about the wider public discourse needs?
I want to think about the way Hubzilla allows for participation in a wider public discourse. Is there a way to allow this public stream / private comments to both happen, maybe by configuring things differently?
a- streams. Right now: we have the option to follow a public, instance-specific, and personal stream. How could we best use this?
if the instance is fandom-specific, you might like this as that could be all fandom stuff. however i expect instances won't be fandom specific and the wider steams may go by too fast to be useful. but i could just not understand how this plays out in a busier server yet.
b-communities. you can add your discourse to the appropriate community forum.
Tags are limited to your own blog. You can click on a tag to find stuff on your own blog, but you cannot search the wider site/s that way that I can see yet. Am I wrong?
I need to go check if instance and public streams can be blacklisted/sorted based on tag or topic or something. We need to make sure those spaces are going to be useful fandom spaces, if the instance is not fandom- or ship- specific.
ARE THERE OTHER THINGS that replace the public discourse space of public tumblr/twitter tags?