Lemmy, mastadon, and following people

Thinking more about this conversation,

I think this is a common use case:

  • I want to predominantly see content from topics that interest me, and also content from people whose ideas interest me.

If Lemmy is designed to only do one half, and Mastadon the other, what is the intended usage for people like me? Is there a way to use Lemmy and Mastadon together to get this?

I thought that Lemmy was planning this functionality. For example if Lemmy had an extra “sort type” option of “New posts involving people I follow”, that would be perfect.

poVoq
83M

I think the plan is to allow following people on Lemmy via Pleroma (and probably Mastodon etc.) but not have this functionality in the Lemmy UI itself.

I can kind of understand this, as for ActivityPub compatibilty reasons it makes sense to support this, but from a UI stand point it makes little sense for Lemmy specifically.

@nutomic
admin
123M

Yes this is basically it, let Mastodon and Pleroma take care of user following, including users on Lemmy. They have worked on that functionality for years. Instead of repeating their work, we can focus on group related funcionality (which almost no other federated project has).

@roastpotatothief
creator
23M

That’s a bit more sophisticated than I was expecting. It’s actually hard to imagine how it would work.

  • People can have a Lemmy account and a Pleroma account which are somehow linked together
  • Plemora can fetch lemmy posts and comments
  • I can go on Pleroma and see posts and comments (fetched from Lemmy) from people I follow
  • I can go on Lemmy and see posts and comments from topics I follow

Something like that?

@nutomic
admin
43M

No linking of Lemmy and Pleroma accounts, you will simply be able to follow Lemmy accounts from Pleroma, and see their new posts/comments. While the Lemmy account like now will only be able to follow communities.

@roastpotatothief
creator
53M

Oh that’s much simpler.

So you’ll see people’s lemmy activity on Pleroma. But to respond, I guess there’ll be a link to go back to lemmy. I understand why you’re working so hard to get the activityPub interactions working perfectly first. Lemmy will really depend on the other services, to function properly.

@nutomic
admin
63M

No, eventually you will be able to comment on Lemmy directly from Pleroma.

@roastpotatothief
creator
33M

Oh that’s even better. Sounds really great actually for the user, thanks for explaining.

I’ve no idea how much of a headache it is for devs, depending on other people’s projects, on the quality of their software.

@nutomic
admin
33M

Its much easier than writing a whole interface for user following ourselves.

Masto has a feature where you can verify a link to an external site on your profile. So if I, for example, put a link to my lemmy profile on mastodon and vice versa could lemmy recognize the link as ‘mine’?

@nutomic
admin
23M

No we dont support that functionality at the moment.

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