Hypothes.is Notebook

As I use my domain here as a commonplace book of sorts, below is a list of my highlights and comments across the web using the Hypothes.is annotation tool. It’s made possible by a plugin made by Kris Shaffer and discussed at Hypothes.is Aggregator ― a WordPress plugin and Hypothes.is as a public research notebook.

Chris Aldrich | Hypothes.is “Notebook”

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Mastodon, Twitter and publics

The furore over Fake News is really about the seizures caused by overactivity in these synapses - confabulation and hallucination in the global brain of mutual media. With popularity always following a power law, runaway memetic outbreaks can become endemic, especially when the platform is doing what it can to accelerate them without any sense of their context or meaning.

One might think that Facebook could easily analyze the things within their network that are getting above average reach and filter out or tamp down the network effects of the most damaging things which in the long run I suspect are going to damage their network overall.

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Mastodon, Twitter and publics

In indieweb we have been saying ‘build things that you want for yourself’, but building things that you want for your friends or organisation is a useful step between generations.

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BuzzFeed and Methods for Tracking the Trackers; or This Is Hard, Chapter 9674

Using an intercepting proxy, we observe nearly 800 different calls to several hundred distinct urls while visiting the homepage and a single article on TMZWorldStarNews.

Holy cow this seems like an obscene number of calls!!

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The Platform Press: How Silicon Valley reengineered journalism

Visit www.towcenter.org/pnp for the full report.

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The Platform Press: How Silicon Valley reengineered journalism

However, this is a distraction from the larger issue that the structure and the economics of social platforms incentivize the spread of low-quality content over high-quality material. Journalism with high civic value—journalism that investigates power, or reaches underserved and local communities—is discriminated against by a system that favors scale and shareability.

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The Platform Press: How Silicon Valley reengineered journalism

Some publishers are seeing a “Trump Bump” with subscriptions and donations rising post-election, and there is evidence of renewed efforts of both large and niche publishers to build audiences and revenue streams away from the intermediary platform businesses. However, it is too soon to tell if this represents a systemic change rather than a cyclical ripple.

More likely a cyclical ripple, but one could hope...

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IndiewebPress: Improving Comments - David Shanske

webmentions

I'd recommend defining webmentions along with a link to the spec and W3C recommendation just after linkbacks/pingbacks as their more modern successor. As some of your potential audience isn't webmention aware, you could/should add some additional definition for those who are unlikely to click through to see the real value they represent.

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IndiewebPress: Improving Comments - David Shanske

(see fragmentions)

possibly put this link onto "URL fragments" earlier in the sentence rather than on this parenthetical for concision and clarity?

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IndiewebPress: Improving Comments - David Shanske

promising piece

especially given its use and popularity on platforms like Medium which are directly competing with WordPress.

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IndiewebPress: Improving Comments - David Shanske

logs, receipts

I wasn't generally aware of some of this history or ideas, you could add a paragraph or two more about these types of possibilities to summarize things for people who don't dig into the links (or likely won't/don't have time).

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IndiewebPress: Improving Comments - David Shanske

Comments in WordPress

<h2>Definitions & History</h2> It might be helpful, both here and in the future posts to have some headings to better delineate where we are in your argument and suggestions.

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IndiewebPress: Improving Comments - David Shanske

what could be done

don't forget to include something in the series about the potential future of salmentions and/or potentially vouch. Thinking forward about what potential problems may crop up and at least sketch solutions may help in creating a new forward looking implementation (particularly in a community focused on backwards compatibility) versus the indieweb way where one works on the basis of what actually exists rather than worrying about what could exist.

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IndiewebPress: Improving Comments - David Shanske

popular responses

popular MODERN responses It may help to underline how old the comment system is and that it doesn't really support many (any?) of the changes in the social web in the past decade. WordPress has it's own functionality for showing "likes" in a facepile (which is separate from comment functionality really), but since people can bookmark, read, or provide other social proof relating to a particular post supporting this is interesting. Emoji replies are certainly cool, but can be annoying/innocuous, particularly on posts with large numbers of comments. Some of the value of improving commenting is to aggregate some of these smaller intents into a more compact space to help make it easier to see the bigger/broader conversation without all the "me-too" sub commentary like "likes", "emoji", "thumbs up", etc. This may be even more important for the future of salmentions in which people can in some sense vote up or down comments with "likes". Having a comment set up that can pull in these types of salmentions to provide social weight to comments on a post would be a nice feature, particularly if a site can provide functionality to surface the most liked comments (in an indieweb fashion) on a post to highight the best comments amongst potential hundreds or thousands.

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IndiewebPress: Improving Comments - David Shanske

unchanged

a reference to how old and generally unmaintained/unsupported these are may be helpful in your argument, particularly for those who are going to care more about backwards compatibility.

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IndiewebPress: Improving Comments - David Shanske

Indieweb

This page could/should have a link to indieweb.org and could stand to have a quick delineation of what the basic principles are, and in particular as they overlap WordPress principles (like owning your own data on your own site). This will help the non-indieweb initiates on the WP side better understand what is possible.

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IndiewebPress: Improving Comments - David Shanske

one of a series

It would be nice to have an outline of what these multiple parts are. This seems to be the basic definitional post of what the current state is along with some history and some possibilities. Can you give one liners here of the other upcoming posts which might delineate where you'll be going in your arguments/discussion?

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IndiewebPress: Improving Comments - David Shanske

pingbacks and trackbacks

Though your audience is comprised of people who will know these well, perhaps adding a bit more definition with links to these and other examples will help to motivate your arguments.

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IndiewebPress: Improving Comments - David Shanske

commentby

space

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IndiewebPress: Improving Comments - David Shanske

1

How leet!

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IndiewebPress: Improving Comments - David Shanske

but on specific areas of it.

Mention examples of this like Medium and/or Kartik's example using webmention.

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