scojjac
scojjac

@help Is there a recommended way of replying to a non-Micro.blog post with Webmention? Please don't make me manually u-in-reply-to [laugh/cry]

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sod
sod

@scojjac Unfortunately, you do have to do it manually like this. Micro.blog should send the webmention for you, though.

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scojjac
scojjac

@sod That's what my lazy self was afraid of. Thanks for verifying, Sven. :)

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gaelicWizard
gaelicWizard

@scojjac If you’re using a Micropub client, if it sends the header in-reply-to then M.B will add text to the beginning of your post saying it’s a reply and it will include a link. It’s better to just do it yourself at this point…

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sod
sod

@scojjac If you're comfortable writing Go Templates you could create a Hugo shortcode to at least lessen the number of characters you have to type. So a reply could be entered, for example, like this :

{{< reply "https://example.com/interesting-blog-post.html" >}}

@manton authored a similar shortcode for RSVPing.

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scojjac
scojjac

@sod Oh good tip; I will find time to play with that!

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help
help

@scojjac @sod @gaelicWizard This is mostly a UI design problem... There needs to be a field to add a reply-to URL, but how to do it without cluttering up the interface for everyone? Open to suggestions.

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sod
sod

@help Maybe something like this? Sorry for the long post. 😋

A rough sketch of an alternative Micro.blog post editor. There's a big text area and a horizontal action bar below it, containing the following toggle buttons: photo, title, reply, tagmoji, categories, and more… Two more sketches show a concept where new form elements are added as the person using the interface toggles the buttons. For example, a new input element appears when the reply button is selected where an URL can be entered. The three sketches are commented on as follows. What if all blog posts started out with a simple UI like this? But when the fellow blogger chooses to reply to another post, the UI adapts. And for other posts – like a reply with title and photo – the UI adapts once again. This action bar could show the most common things people do. Or be customizable. Thanks to the last more… alternative, more actions can be added. Like RSVP, Podcast, Video, Reblog, and so on.

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odd
odd

@sod Do you mean extrapolate the user from the blog domain? I’d like to add users by searching for them (and preferably get suggestions for others in the thread). (Short term memory 👎).

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sod
sod

@odd Ah, sorry, no. My rough sketch above is about adding support for webmentions and replying to blog posts where the author has no presence on Micro.blog.

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odd
odd

@sod Oh, I thought it might be both. 😅

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pratik
pratik

@sod Love this but a few comments:
- I like how MB currently has the UX for showing the title only when there are > 280 chars.
- No reblog, please. Never ever.
- Agree about reply, tagmoji, and categories. I would add the cross-posting options under one button too. Or can be under More as you suggest. Or all of these can be to present a clean look at first glance.
- Like the placement for 'save as Draft' and to change the blog you are posting to.
- Love the prominent placement for the alt text.

@help

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KimberlyHirsh
KimberlyHirsh

@help Toggle menu? I've often thought it'd be nice to have something like the WP IndieWeb Post Kinds plug-in that works on M.b. It could even be a plug-in if somebody was up to writing it. (I am not.)

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pimoore
pimoore

@help @scojjac @sod @gaelicwizard Does Hugo not have hooks in the new version that could add this automatically to all links? I recall there’s a lazy loading hook for images that I want to check out, so maybe something similar is available for this?

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gaelicWizard
gaelicWizard

@pimoore It’s not so much what Hugo lacks, as what M.B provides. M.B doesn’t give Hugo all the metadata, and there isn’t currently a way to provide it. It already does WebMentions for all links, but there’s no automatic way to see what is a reply

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help
help

@sod Cool! This reminds me of Tumblr in a way, with different post types adapting with different fields.

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scojjac
scojjac

@sod This is pretty great!

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