Like #Gravatar, it's a way for users to change their profile pic/ avatar images in one place and have it propogate across other servies they use. But unlike Gravatar, it's decentralized and not controlled by Automattic. It is fully #FreeCode and compatible with #OpenID though.
Filling in 'about me' fields on profile pages is a nuisance. I usually just chuck in a link to my 'about me' page on my wiki. It would be great if there was a service similar to Libravatar for propagating a short bio to autofill 'about me' fields. Obviously each services that supported the standard would need to make it optional to use, in case a user wanted to vary their short bio for a particular site or service.
@unklebonehead true, although that's only useful to the degree that the web service you use pick up and use the avatar images it propagates ;)
@strypey Interesting. I guess tech people are lazier than I thought :D Or perhaps they use way more services at once. I've always thought changing an avatar is a 5-seconds business, and, come to think of it, never found it important to have same pic everywhere . I'm sad when platforms add external Gravatar dependency for profile pics - that means no avatars for me :( [3rd party's blocked].
@lightone there are times it's very useful to be able to change profile pics everywhere quickly. Before I moved to China, I tried to use pics that might allow folks to recognize me at events and say hi. When we decided to move here, I wanted pics that would make it harder to tie Strypey to my face.
@strypey ooooh awesome! Thanks for sharing. I’ve learned about so many cool projects on the Fediverse!
If it will be federated with #ActivityPub, I'll be sure to add it to the list here:
@strypey I’m not actually _building_ it as in code so much as running a #discourse server and _building_ a place to have small group discussions. I don’t think discourse has any sort of federation, but thank you for the offer! (If you know of any federating message board software, id love to know about it!)
@cb see that list. There's quite a few projects in that space but I haven't tested and compared them much yet.
@strypey aha right on! Should have thought of that. My excuse is it’s 5am where I am and the coffee hasn’t kicked in yet. I’ll check it out!
@cb FYI here's a thread discussing the state of some fediverse groups software:
@lnxw48a1 @clacke agreed. I think a lot of dev energy has been soaked up this year transitioning OS apps to AP (GS and pump.io still aren't quite there), and building new AP apps from scratch. I'm hopeful that 2020 will be the year of standardizing things like groups and events between platforms, and hopefully documenting the best practice as formal AP extensions, like XEPs in the #XMPP community.
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