@yassinedoghri Yassine, what namespace support do you think we need for AP comments? Would we need just a url to the root note?

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@agates @yassinedoghri Oh thanks Alecks. I should have included you in that message. I’m prepping proposals for starting inclusion in phase 4 and trying to get my head right.

@dave @agates Hey Dave, to answer your question: we may need both, or only the root "node" url:

- Having the comments url would allow apps to query it and display the paginated comments.
- Having the root "node", meaning the url of the PodcastEpisode object would allow app users to submit new comments (given the app implements some basic fediverse protocols for interaction).

--> FYI, the PodcastEpisode contains the comments url, so technically we could just have that.

@agates @dave /cc @benjaminbellamy @martin

Also, just to clear things up & sum up:

We ought to have a Youtube like - decentralized - commenting system under each episode, this means:

1. Having the same comments show up on all (listening) apps
2. Apps and hosting platforms would have to talk to each other. Which one keeps track of comments? Host? App? Both?
--> app users should be able to comment directly on an episode from their favourite app
3. Comments would have to be moderated


@agates @dave @benjaminbellamy @martin

The solution: activitypub and some fediverse protocols
--> open and widely used protocols that could be extend if we have to

This means:

1. Having a root "node", meaning a link to a PodcastEpisode json object with the list of comments (on the host side). Apps would query the link to display comments for a given episode.


@agates @dave @benjaminbellamy @martin

2. The listening app has to create activitypub actors in order to interact with the host (for commenting, replying to, liking comments, flagging...)
--> Which one keeps track of comments? Definitely the host (the source of truth). And maybe the app, if it wants to add a layer of moderation.


@agates @dave @benjaminbellamy @martin

3. Moderation would be on the host side, the podcaster would be able to block certain users, delete certain comments. Though, as mentioned just before, the app could add a layer of moderation on top of it.


@agates @dave @benjaminbellamy @martin

For example, whenever a user (actor) from a listening app submits a comment, it would be sent to the podcaster's (podcast actor) inbox.

Before doing anything with the comment, the podcaster could decide not to store it. And if it has gone through, the podcaster could decide to delete it.

This comes with having a UI for moderation on the host side. At the end of the day, when requesting the comments, those that were blocked would not show up in the app.

@yassinedoghri @dave @benjaminbellamy @martin

It's not that simple and you know it. Do I really need to bust out my crayons for this bullshit?

@agates @dave @benjaminbellamy @martin Of course it's not that simple. But it's possible... If I had to describe everything I would need multiple days, and I wouldn't do it here.

@agates @yassinedoghri @dave @martin No need to use coarse language to prove your point, it even tends to be counterproductive and that's a shame because it's an interesting one…
In the end it's a quite simple dichotomy:
- either you give your audience away to Apple and they take care of moderation.
- or you keep control but that comes at a price: you are in charge of moderation. That works pretty well for thousands of Mastodon instances, including this one, and this is no BS. 🙂

@benjaminbellamy @agates @yassinedoghri @dave

I agree, let's be civil here. We're all on the same team :)

How does moderation work on Mastodon? Can Adam and Dave actually delete one of my posts if they want to? (genuinely curious how it works)

@agates @benjaminbellamy @yassinedoghri @dave

Nooo. That's simply not true. I value what you're saying!

But maybe the subject is a bit hard to understand. I didn't for one second think we were going against anything you've said? Can you elaborate on it?

@martin @benjaminbellamy @yassinedoghri @dave

I'll see about writing a blog post about it this weekend. Too much to fit in a thread here.

(random note, my blog is activitypub enabled)

@agates @benjaminbellamy @yassinedoghri @dave

Thanks mate, I look forward to reading it.

Personally I'm starting to finally have a much better grasp about ActivityPub, and in many ways it's much simpler than I thought in the start - but I definitely overcomplicated it in my head, and I think that made me not understand fully when I heard other people talking about it.

Also I was probably biased in my way of thinking by my mission about having comments for ALL podcasts 🤔

@agates @martin @benjaminbellamy @dave Sorry mate, I may not have understood you well. Looking forward to your blog post!

@yassinedoghri @agates @martin @benjaminbellamy I think Alecks's point from the beginning has been that "moderation", in the sense that you can be 100% sure that you've removed the content, isn't technically possible. Once it's out there, it's out there.

@yassinedoghri @agates @martin @benjaminbellamy Youtube doesn't have that issue, since it's internal to a silo.

The issue probably boils down to terminology. "Moderation" implies control. That (by definition) wouldn't be doable in the existing Fediverse systems.

All you can do is request that the propagated content be removed and cross your fingers that other systems comply.

@yassinedoghri @agates @martin @benjaminbellamy Whatever we do with comments, this aspect needs to be clearly understood from the beginning. Once you put it out there, you have to assume you can't get it back.

@dave @yassinedoghri @agates @benjaminbellamy

I feel that's fine. The same if I make a website with something that turns out to be illegal. Can I control what's in browser caches? Or did users screenshot ut?

It's not exactly the same, but then at least the podcaster has done what they can.

Personally I would even lean towards not having moderation at all, but more have "default block lists" that people could then disable if they want all the crap, but unsure about legal ramifications here.

@dave @yassinedoghri @agates @martin @benjaminbellamy Which is precisely why the podcaster needs to have control about disabling all AP comments on their show (if they want to). But if it’s enabled, whatever is posted by anyone is out there for perpetuity subject to individuals muting/blocking. It’s just the way AP works and there’s plenty of examples of that (Mastodon, Pleroma etc).

@martin @benjaminbellamy @agates @dave

I don't think they can delete one of your posts in the UI. They could go in the database and do it though. But they can warn you, block your account or even delete it altogether. And if you come from a remote server, they can choose to block your account or the whole server. There is also anther "silence" option, not sure what it does exactly.

I believe peertube goes about it another way, not sure about the specifics though.

Is the way federation works like this... I make a comment on server A, and server B, C, D all make a copy of it. Then, if I delete the comment on A, B and C may respect that and delete it, but D may choose not to, and the comment is stored on D?

@StevenB Pretty much. Clearly that’s not 100% accurate since there are inboxes and outboxes and such. But that’s pretty much it at the end of the day.

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