also someone got mad at this post and sent a very long email to Andy and *FOUR* gnu mailing lists. as soon as you criticize rms there are a bunch of termites that come out of the woodwork asking for "proof."

I don't think english is this person's first language and I want to be clear that I'm not making fun of non-native english writers, but the demands and accusations in this email are just *bonkers*.

lists.gnu.org/archive/html/gui

oh and that email links to a blog post that accuses the guix maintainer of violating guix's code of conduct and gnu's "kind communication guidelines". wow.

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hahaha oh boy they are mad that they can't comment on guix's blog so I guess I'm implicated as well because I wrote their blog software.

oh and it gets even better. the blog post cites *anonymous comments on 4chan* to show how mad people are. these comments are, of course, full of offensive language that is the norm on 4chan.

@dthompson

I saw that too

it's delirious

These people are really bonkers

But this fury is positive, I think

That means that these posts by mantainers are politically significant, I think

@dthompson this is all incredibly depressing, but as an aside your blog software looks pretty neat and this has reminded me that i want to give guix a look.

@brennen thanks! the software is just a static site generator, which is why there are no comments. you'd have to add disqus integration with javascript or something in order to have comments.

@dthompson yeah, i maintain one of those myself (of which, as far as i have been able to tell the last 18 years or so, i have always been the sole user) and have come to view the absence of comments as belonging strongly to the "feature" category.

@brennen the venn diagram of "all programmers" and "programmers who have their own static site generator" is a circle.

also I absolutely agree that lack of comments is a feature. no spam to control, no trolls to block. it's wonderful.

@dthompson @brennen I've wondered if you could substitute a fediverse thread for a comment system; like if the blog post was exposed via activitypub, you could either display a JS widget or link to the AP-hosted copy of the post which could show the replies?

@dthompson @technomancy i could swear i've seen someone doing that exact sort of thing around here, but i can't now recall who...

@brennen @dthompson tbh I kind of assumed that was the whole point of writefreely.org/ but I haven't looked into it. it's not a particularly novel idea so I'm sure others have taken a swing at it.

@technomancy @dthompson @brennen I've hosted a writefreely blog and it only federates out, replies don't federate in last I checked

@pea @brennen @dthompson ah huh; what's the point of that then? might as well just write an atom->AP converter to get the same job done with much less fuss.

@brennen @dthompson @technomancy I've done that once, inspired by Bradley Kuhn using identi.ca for his blog.

@brennen @technomancy @dthompson

So many of us having the same thoughts on commenting systems. Some others already have done something about it.

https://joinplu.me/

#fediverse #disqus #activitypub
@brennen @dthompson @technomancy

Also, recently read about a #WordPress plugin to get comments and follows from the fediverse. Its called Pterotype.
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