#ActivityPub supports Groups. I'm wondering if anyone has developed something like a mailing list for AP yet?

I want to have a technical group ala a mailing list.

Anyone know of anything like this yet?

@emacsen

> #ActivityPub supports Groups. I’m wondering if anyone has developed something like a mailing list for AP yet?

Yes, they do. I would rather say, they developed exactly a mailing list, which just like the original does not require any special support from the protocol: you just CC it — and a bot behind it reposts the message to all the list subscribers.

Here it is: @rf — managed by @drequivalent.

> I want to have a technical group ala a mailing list.

May I try to dissuade you from doing it? Do not divide the community, let this #fediverse, so far as those who created it, decided to make it an illustration to #XKCD927 [1], remain a place for posting anime girls, and leave technical talks where they belong to: in full-fledged #mailinglists / #newsgroups.

[1] https://xkcd.com/927/

@z
No. We need proper groups. Not on Mastodon, but in Fediverse. Ideally, a separate engine that only does groups. No need to implement it in Mastodon or Pleroma. Keep things separated.

I once tried to inspire some folks to make it (because I don't have time to do it myself because work and also I gotta sleep sometime) but the project has gone dead I don't care who does it at this point.
@emacsen @rf

I know this discussion is old now, but ...

I agree with @drequivalent that we need proper groups in the . But ...

> No need to implement it in Mastodon or Pleroma. Keep things separated.

They need to be able to at least follow and reply. Groups can benefit from specialized UI, like what offers for videos, or for music. But would those projects be better if you couldn't follow channels or comment on videos from microblog accounts?
@z @hirojin @yaaps @Melezh

@strypey
The nature of the protocol is that servers should not need to implement a feature locally to interact with it remotely. A service that only implements person actors can still follow and otherwise interact with groups and other actor types on remotes, at least on the protocol level. (Whether the front end stays out of the way is another issue)
@drequivalent @z @hirojin @Melezh

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@yaaps sure, but I read the post by @drequivalent as saying that Mastodon and Pleroma ought not to support the groups feature. Perhaps that was a misread on my part, and the actual intend of that post was that the microblogs ought not to add complex UI for threaded group discussions (beyond improving what they already have perhaps).
@z @hirojin @Melezh

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