Hello @samsethi, @dave & @adam.
I was listening to Episode #31 (Cooking with Gas) and I heard you talking about “timestamped comments”: this is on already on @Castopod's roadmap. Castopod already allows comments on an episode thanks to ActivityPub protocol. In a next version you'll be able to specify a timestamp, either by manually adding [hh:mm:ss] in your comment (eg. “1:34:15 GO PODCASTING! 🗣️ ”) or automatically thanks to the client you're using.
@benjaminbellamy Very cool. Is there an explainer anywhere on how it integrates with other AP servers like Mastodon?
@dave We have not written a detailed specification yet but these timestamps will be embedded in ActivityPub messages as a new tag type.
@dave For instance:
The whole point of being federated is so other apps can also write and read this content right? Is that something you're considering?
I've spent quite a few hours the last month or so looking into ActivityPub and I'm having a little bit of a hard time to see how the best way to move forward would be for everyone of us to collaborate - But I think it's incredibly important that we do.
@benjaminbellamy is it typical for the "content" to be so opinioned about the presentation? I would have thought that would be up to the presentation layer :O
Also I think people might over estimate the difficulty of implementing it... to do this right a host will need to post a podcast episode via ActivityPub AND will need to present the episode's AP object in the RSS feed for clients to respond to.
But it's not like the client/host will need to cache everything it sees in the fediverse.
In regards to AP - I don't think podcast hosts need to control the Podcast and Episode objects - we just need to agree on a unique ID for the various objects that all apps and servers follow right?
I think we need that first dev session soon! (I forgot what happened to the vote about the date?)
The unique ID is basically a URL that isn't supposed to change by my understanding of the current protocol.
There may be an opportunity for something like... podcastercomments.com where the podcast index could do it on top of a host, but transfer of AP objects is trickier because you can't move them across domains etc to my knowledge.
Intended for all stake holders of podcasting who are interested in improving the eco system