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Issue asking for ActivityPub support in GitLab

Okay come on, *everyone* must want this

Thanks to @ted for filing it :)

This could make GitLab as an alternative to GitHub actually work.

Christopher Lemmer Webber @cwebber

I left a comment explaining why GitLab could be improved by an order of magnitude or so by having federations support

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@cwebber Awesome point! Can't wait for this to be implemented.

@cwebber I agree 100%.

I've suggested the same thing often. It's a nonsense for me to have a hundred of accounts to help people in separated servers and all that...

Why don't we make a fork of Gitea or something and we put ActivityPub on top of it?

That would be great for everyone.

@ekaitz_zarraga @cwebber

I think its important to make public/private distinction.

I use Github for stuff that is open (or about to be made public)

I use my gitlab for stuff I dont want to share with the world.

As an academic I am zig zagging the lines between open source and trade secret. I don't want to lose my trade secrets by accident.

I guess this issue comes up all the time in federation. Example Mastodon. I want to share some toots, but I want my usage data private.

@deeds @ekaitz_zarraga It's an important distinction! Happily ActivityPub includes support for both private and public communication. Communication is by default private with email-like addressing unless you explicitly make use of the Public addressing.

You can even make a post with no addressing via the client to server API, and a private journal is a good use case for that, though this is underdiscussed!

@cwebber @ekaitz_zarraga

I am still concerned about the user interface. How often did I have my toot privacy set to "public" when I tooted stuff I really did not want to push to public time lines.

@deeds @cwebber I don't really see the point of what you say.
GitHub is a privative place which has many users and that's why *we* end up using it.
There's no more reason than that they are successful. But they are unethical and they don't really respect the values that made them successful.

If we had a free software approach that let's us decide what do we share and how we would be able to say Goodbye to GitHub and create more healthy commons that respect our rights as *people*.


@ekaitz_zarraga @cwebber

I am not talking about tracking etc. I am talking about my clumsy self accidentally making the wrong repository public.

I use my gitlab for stuff that I want to keep "secret" to the public (that is until I am ready to share)

@ekaitz_zarraga @cwebber

@cwebber Suggested to federate gitlab instances. I think this is great.

My only concern is blending the lines between private and public can be confusing to people to the point where they may accidentally share stuff they did not intend to share.

@deeds @ekaitz_zarraga I agree it's important to make that distinction and that we need to plan our user experiences around expressing the intent of the user.

@deeds @cwebber Oh! Yeah I get you now.

But thats a problem you have in separated servers too.
You can configure stuff incorrectly and make it public by accident at the moment.

Federation doesn't change that in any means, it's just a way to make a server more global but it doesn't force you to share anything.


@cwebber this is exciting; if this happens I could see myself even forgiving their crime of requiring a noscript whitelist entry just to serve static files