I am looking for a fediverse solution for a blog and I tried it with writefreely, but it has some disadvantages I can’t live with.

The most important one is, that it should be possible to communicate with people within the fediverse. People should be able to comment on every article with a fediverse account, like it is already possible between Mastodon, Pleroma, PeerTube and others. But comments aren’t a thing with writefreely and this is sad.

After using Lemmy for a few days I just thought if it is possible to use it as a blog and ask on lemmys github if it is possible to restrict a group so only one person could post new articles, but all others can comment. And the answer is yes!

But would it be possible to use it as a blog?

Imagine I would have a group called “utopify.org - Research & Development” and would post current progress about a blog series and you can only comment on it. Would it be possible and would it be something you want to see on Lemmy or would this just be an abuse of the software.

If all of this is just a no-go, are there other ways in the fediverse to have a blog article, which can be shared on the fediverse and be commented on?

  • @nutomic@lemmy.ml
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    152 years ago

    You could solve this with the same approach as lemmyBB. In other words, program a new frontend for Lemmy instead of the default lemmy-ui, and use it to render your site. It would connect to the Lemmy backend to fetch data, and then render it as HTML. This could be written in any language/framework you like, and display a real blog-like layout. This would allow you to set “Only moderators can post to this community” as default when a new community is created, and use different sort orders by default.

    • maxmoonOP
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      22 years ago

      I didn’t do front end for a very long time and stuff changed a lot, because I looked at lemmyBB and I have no idea what handlebars or cargos are, I might heard of Rust, but never used it. But at least CSS is still a thing…

      Can you recommend a language or framework, which could be even interesting for employers (don’t want to learn too exotic stuff) and it would be useful to work with this technology every day, so I will be faster to make something in my spare time.

      I would be very interested in learning new stuff to make a new front end for Lemmy. I really like Lemmy so far :)

      • @nutomic@lemmy.ml
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        42 years ago

        Not sure, but Rust is probably not a good idea in your case because it has a quite steep learning curve. You could just make a post in asklemmy or /c/programming to ask for suggestions.

  • @ajjlyman@lemmy.sdf.org
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    1311 months ago

    You could… but it’s singly not setup for that. There are blog softwares out there that support activitypub-- I have no experience with it, but microblog.pub was nativity designed as an activitypub blog. There’s also a WordPress plugin that’s basically official (maintained by the company that owns WordPress.com) and has known good integration to at least mastodon, so I would assume it works well with lemmy, peertube, etc, since AFAICT, mastodon is the most opinionated of them when it comes to activitypub conformance.

    • maxmoonOP
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      111 months ago

      microblog.pub

      Ooof, the design of this website is pretty terrible. I couldn’t figure out where a post starts and where it ends or what is even part of a blog post or other stuff on the website?

      And in general it really looks polluted and invites people to pollute. Not really something I was looking for. But thank you for mentioning it :)

  • comfy
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    102 years ago

    You could. The better question is if you should.

    Who is your target audience? Would a microblogging platform like Pleroma or Mastodon be more appropriate? They’re pretty popular.

    • maxmoonOP
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      22 years ago

      I am testing Mastodon for a few weeks, now, and I have to say it’s much better to link to a blog and then ask a question and create a poll about it. Many people will react to it. But talking about a topic, using all 500 chars, doesn’t work at all. People don’t want to read a lot there, they just want to quickly get out their opinion on a head line, a picture or a question.

      Lemmy seems more like for people who are interested in specific topics and a topic can be found fast, because those are groups (instead of searching through hashtags and even then not all posts have something todo with that tag). On Lemmy a link is shown and the people read the article and start discussions about it. I really want to involve people who are interested in those topics. This is what I am looking for.

      I might keep posting the link on Mastodon just to get reactions, but atm I think Lemmy might be better.

      • comfy
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        32 years ago

        Yeah, I hesitated to mention Mastodon and Pleroma as I don’t know the policies on character limits (I suspect it can change per site???)

        Link aggregators (like Lemmy and reddit) are weird in that they’re literally invented for the purpose of linking to other sites, like you suggested you would do on Mastodon, but it’s become normal in the past 10 years to make text posts and start uploading media directly on the site. It’s an interesting shift. I guess that’s why I wasn’t sure to recommend it for blogging: you totally can and have a connected community available, it just feels like an unintended purpose. But it seems like it would work, I say go for it.

  • Baron Von J
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    911 months ago

    You wouldn’t even need to host your own instance, really. You could create a community and check the option that only mods can post. But you can’t follow people on Lemmy.

    What about calckey?

    • maxmoonOP
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      111 months ago

      I think, currently I am traumatized because I was depended on other companies/people, which had the power to just destroy what I built up. If I will build up something new, it should be under my control.

      I think calckey/firefish has too many features and might be overwhelming if you want to focus on stuff.

  • Mwalimu
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    72 years ago

    If that would be possible, how would you moderate comments, seeing how random things can get? Federating with only approved finstances (federated instance)? What if you keep your blog, then push every post you make there to your solo-community on a finstance? You can engineer your comment section on the blog to pint here or fetch the comments content from fediverse to your blog…

    • maxmoonOP
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      62 years ago

      If that would be possible, how would you moderate comments, seeing how random things can get?

      I don’t know what you mean? If I am the admin of an instance or the moderator of a group, I could delete comments or is this just not possible?

      Federating with only approved finstances (federated instance)?

      Why doing this? Wouldn’t it be enough to block the illegal instances and those who are explicitly against your topics?

      What if you keep your blog, then push every post you make there to your solo-community on a finstance? You can engineer your comment section on the blog to pint here or fetch the comments content from fediverse to your blog…

      I am trying to be as green as possible. Having a blog on one server and the comments on another sounds like an inefficient way of using resources. Why not just put the articles where the comments are?

      With Mastodon I had the same idea, that I will publish an article, post a link with short description on Mastodon and then use the Mastodon post as the comment section, then edit the blog article and put the link to Mastodon on the end of the article with a simple text link like “Comment section”.

      But even this idea felt a bit odd and more unprofessional.

      Lemmy looks like a really good solution to this atm.

      • Mwalimu
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        22 years ago

        I don’t know what you mean? If I am the admin of an instance or the moderator of a group, I could delete comments or is this just not possible? Some of the darkest side of the internet can rear its head and the gap between their posting and your deletion can be catastrophic.

        Why doing this? Wouldn’t it be enough to block the illegal instances and those who are explicitly against your topics? You depend on the effectivness of admin rules of those other instances. Using an allow list or a block list has significant implication on spam.

        please go ahead and test it, happy to help with testing if you ping me. It is a great idea which I also contemplated quite a lot.

      • @ojmcelderry@lemmy.one
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        111 months ago

        To be honest, I think whichever approach you take is unlikely to have a significant effect on how much energy your website uses overall.

        For example, servers in datacentres are very powerful and are able to run more than one thing at once. So if you were hosting your own Lemmy/Mastodon instance, there’d be no reason why you couldn’t also host a standalone website on that same server. The difference in energy usage would be negligible.

        In contrast, you could argue that Lemmy is less efficient than a straightforward static website because the content of your blog posts will inevitably end up being federated to many other instances. That means multiple copies of your blog will be transferred between multiple servers and stored on multiple hard drives, etc. Whereas a static website lives in one place and doesn’t end up using so many resources.

        At the end of the day, whichever you choose will likely have very little impact. So I wouldn’t worry too much about your blog’s green credentials.

        I’m saying this as somebody who is pro protecting the environment, but also pro prioritising our efforts in the places they’ll have greatest impact. You’ll probably have a bigger impact by walking to the store instead of driving.

        • maxmoonOP
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          111 months ago

          I’m saying this as somebody who is pro protecting the environment, but also pro prioritising our efforts in the places they’ll have greatest impact. You’ll probably have a bigger impact by walking to the store instead of driving.

          Whataboutism isn’t really helpful, because you can believe me, that I have already optimized every other field in my life and people even call me extreme.

          I really want to put the focus on this specific topic.

          But you might be somehow right, that IF a server is already used for an energy consuming tool (like a fediverse tool [Mastodon, Lemmy, Kbin, FireFish, etc.]), the energy consumption is pretty low in comparison of the fediverse tool, if there is a static website running on the same server. What IF there isn’t this energy consuming tool?

          Actually, I am really worried that this could be used as an excuse and the rebound effect takes effect, using a lot of tools on the same server.

  • @m_randall@sh.itjust.works
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    711 months ago

    Holy Necro….since I’m here tho I think kbin is more set up with this. It has a microblog section although I haven’t really explored it.

    • maxmoonOP
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      111 months ago

      The first time I’ve seen kbin, it looked like the old unstructured and cluttered version of reddit and the old version only was a unusable mess or only if you like being distracted by all the stuff, which is going on around the content you’re there for.

        • lionkoy5555
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          211 months ago

          thanks foe the update. im curious if the federation issue is with friendica or lemmy

            • lionkoy5555
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              111 months ago

              i went to your instance to view this lemmy post but while browsing site went down?

              Internal Server Error

              Apologies but the website is unavailable at the moment.

              Request: acf0ba69361dd302df180527d98e9ebc

    • maxmoonOP
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      111 months ago

      I switched from Wordpress to a static website generator (Pelican), because it was bloaty and something broke like after every update.

  • Lenins2ndCat
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    52 years ago

    I don’t see why not. Several subreddits over on reddit function this way, with one or a group of approved posters while everyone else can only comment. The main features of a blog are a front page feed and posts, this is precisely what you get with these platforms.

    You could make an instance that is entirely blogs. Or you could make an instance that is just your blog. Or you could just make a comm on any existing instance and specifically utilise it as your blog, like people do on approved-submitter-only subreddits.

    Really the only barrier to succeeding with this is whether or not what is put into the space(whichever method you go for) is legitimately something people find interesting enough to come back to repeatedly.

    • maxmoonOP
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      22 years ago

      You could make an instance that is entirely blogs. Or you could make an instance that is just your blog. Or you could just make a comm on any existing instance and specifically utilise it as your blog, like people do on approved-submitter-only subreddits.

      This is a really good idea. You even described what i wanted to do long ago. I wanted to create an old school forum (like bulletin board) to discuss several specific topics, but one board will be for blogs, but which are able to discuss on. It seems an own lemmy instance might be the perfect software for this.

      • Cold Hotman
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        32 years ago

        Perhaps petition the devs to be able to lock a community’s sorting to “New” only?

      • Lenins2ndCat
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        It seems an own lemmy instance might be the perfect software for this.

        Possibly, the only thing I’m not sure on is whether the community-wide restrictions are possible at an admin level in such a way that you can enforce it sitewide or whether it might require a bit of added work to get that functionality in there. You probably can just get away with it being a site rule that all comms must set themselves up that way but if you get a lot of comms this would become a lot of work to check regularly. I’m not wholly familiar with Lemmy’s admin backend so I don’t know for sure. But even if it doesn’t have it, it’s not far off.

    • maxmoonOP
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      211 months ago

      Interesting, I had a similar idea to just link to a Mastodon/Lemmy thread in the blog article, saying “Here is the comment section!”, because I want to keep a static website.

      • @saba@lemmy.sdf.org
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        111 months ago

        on my pelican generated website I have the rss feed of my mastodon account. I have a script that downloads & converts the rss and then pelican runs and regenerated and includes that on my site. Something similar might work with your idea for comments.

  • There was a guy on GitHub that added a Lemmy comment section to his blog hosted on his website. So it’s already an accepted although niche usecase.

    I feel like a single user instance of Pleroma would be more appropriate (and easier to host) but even though the character limit can be increased the remote limit of other instances might reduce your visibility, I am not sure.

    • maxmoonOP
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      211 months ago

      Because Pleroma is pretty similar to Mastodon, I don’t think it will be good, because both use a time line and important stuff could go to the void if it was posted to the wrong time or it just goes down between a lot of content.

  • @altair222@beehaw.org
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    42 years ago

    I’ve wanted to make a mini-blog myself, seems like mastodon has a word limit that becomes a problem, so I looked into pleroma, and most pleroma instances have a 5000 character limit, which can be used for a blog-like page and has all the interactivity related features you desire, since its supposed to be like mastodon.

    • Cold Hotman
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      22 years ago

      The word limit is a setting in the config files, admins can set it to whatever. Glitch-soc is a fork of Mastodon that even has an interface to set the character limit. I think I just put in 50.000 IIRC.

    • maxmoonOP
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      12 years ago

      Can you show me your Pleroma blog? After I saw a few Pleroma sites I just found it weird and inconvenient and then I read about the war about Alex Gleason (creator of the Pleroma fronted soapbox) and the Pleroma community, which I found really absurd. That’s why I went to Mastodon first.

      • @altair222@beehaw.org
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        12 years ago

        I dont have a pleroma blog, I’m just saying that it does have a higher character limit, a much higher limit that may suit the needs for a mini blog. And its federated so mastodon users can also follow your account.

        • maxmoonOP
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          12 years ago

          oh, ok, so you stick with Mastodon and didn’t do a mini-blog at another place?

          • @altair222@beehaw.org
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            I didnt say that… All I said was that I was just recently looking for something exactly like you wanted and found that pleroma does that. That’s all I said dude

  • vxnxnt
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    32 years ago

    if it is possible to restrict a group so only one person could post new articles

    IIRC there’s a setting when creating a community for only mods to be able to post.

    • maxmoonOP
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      42 years ago

      ohhhhh… 10k characters are not much and I have some articles with around 20k characters. But the good thing is, blog articles can be split very good. So I could do part 1 and part 2 of a topic.

        • maxmoonOP
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          32 years ago

          Can you show me the blog article, I am just curious how it will look like if it’s trimmed.

            • maxmoonOP
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              22 years ago

              It’s really nice! I like it.

              It can be read without distractions. Not much going on on the left or right and the comment section of Lemmy is in order and clean.

              I would say it can be used as a blog pretty well or do you miss something, which other blog systems have?

              • Gaywallet (they/it)
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                A bit less ability to format than I’m used to (although I suppose if you’re hosting the instance you can format it however you want, to an extent), but I agree it can work fairly well

                • maxmoonOP
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                  22 years ago

                  Which format abilities do you miss? I really like it that it supports Markdown so you can format text while writing, without even move your hand to your mouse.

  • @kromem@lemmy.world
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    Yes. IIRC it’s even discussed in the official docs. Basically just limit post creation on the server and allow comments.

    The nice thing about open source is that in the future there might even be add-ons that better format it for blog display vs thread display.

    • maxmoonOP
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      111 months ago

      Every time someone says IIRC in a topic about communication, I think they recommend to use IRC :D

    • I was just thinking that. You could either implement a way to render the linked content as an article, or allow more rich formatting in the text body itself.