Sean Tilley
 San Francisco, CA (Map) 
!Hubzilla Development

If you're running the dev branch of #Hubzilla, you'll see that a new feature has landed for channels – Articles

This is a really exciting feature to me, as I hope to build We Distribute on top of it.

Here are a few relevant files to understand different pieces of it:Here's a quick test article, as it appears today:

I'd love to explore the theme development side of this, specifically to make Article objects look like an article you'd see on any popular CMS that features them. (Ars Technica, the Verge, Mashable, etc). This may require me to open my first actual pull request for the Hubzilla project, as this is a feature of huge interest to me. The first "useful" thing I can think of might be a thumbnail field, which sets the og:image property of the article when shared.

Eventually, I might dive into either building a page or a plugin that shows all published Article objects on a hub, sorted by published date, complete with title, link, and author information.
Jason Robinson
 from Diaspora
I guess articles don't federate? Or just not yet? Or didn't federate here :P
Sean Tilley
@Jason Robinson ? I guess you missed Mike's comment since he doesn't use Diaspora federation, so I'll post it:

Articles do not federate naturally. They are interactive. So think of it like an old fashioned blog.

Articles can provide summaries. These do not use industry standard methods of providing summaries since Mastodon has turned all of these into 'content warnings'; basically precluding anybody using them for summaries ever again.

Webpages are not interactive. Cards are interactive and actually very similar to articles but differ in the fact that one is called a 'card' and one is called an 'article'; and therefore readers might have different expectations of what they are and what they do. (The simple answer is that one is a 'card' and the other is an 'article'.)

A lot of people seemed concerned and upset that we provided webpages and cards and wikis and interactive posts but did not have a thing called 'articles'. Now we do.

Hope this clears things up.

Incidentally you can also provide summaries in posts and comments, but don't do it. The reason is that these could federate with Mastodon and Diaspora and GNU-Social and the summaries won't work in other networks (because Mastodon has made it impossible or impractical to try and translate to standard 'summary' fields without generating warnings). So we don't translate it at all. Readers on other networks will see a mess. Save summaries for 'articles'. That's what they're there for.

Missing at this point is separate feeds for articles (and cards and perhaps webpages). This would be a useful tool except for the fact that feeds use standard communication formats which provide separate 'summary' fields and Mastodon has pretty much fucked these up for everybody. So that's why we don't have article feeds. We might be able to provide 'summary' feeds and separate 'article' feeds at some point but it would be so much better to just rid the world of Mastodon so we could do this the right way once and be done with it.
Just for the record: I didn't !