On Wed, Mar 2, 2022 at 7:29 AM Kevin Fenzi <kevin(a)scrye.com> wrote:
Hey folks. I thought I would open a discussion about fedoraplanet and
possibly some plans for it.
runs on people02.fedoraproject.org
To add a blog/rss feed you have to login there and edit your .planet
file, then scripting pulls all those .planet files and tries to fetch
all the feeds and then serves them up at http://fedoraplanet.org
It uses a app called 'venus' to do this. venus is written in very old
python2 and very very dead upstream.
We run into the following problems with it:
* Sometimes it gets stuck and just stops processing until it's killed.
* It's serving on a http site, which causes people to ask us to make it
https, but that would just change the errors because many feeds it pulls
are still http since they were added back before letsencrypt existed.
* We have a handy 'website' field in our new account system, but aren't
using it at all.
* The .planet parsing is poor, any number of things can cause it to
We have two open tickets on it:
(upgrade to pluto,
a ruby based, but maintained thing)
( planet not served via ssl) Which I am just going to close now.
So, I can think of a number of options and would love everyone who has
thoughts on it to chime in:
1. Do nothing. Venus "works" and .planet files are cool and retro.
2. Switch to pluto and use account system 'website' fields of
contributors. We could likely shove it in openshift and serve it
directly from there to avoid fedorapeople entirely.
(This would likely break anyone who has multiple feeds in there)
3. Switch to something better/bigger. I would think (although I don't
know) that there might be something that would not only aggregate rss
feeds for contributors, but perhaps mastodon/twitter/whatever also.
4. Planets are old and tired, just drop the entire thing. People can
maintain their own rss lists.
#4 here has my vote -- i personally stopped reading RSS feeds daily on
July 1, 2013. Also, not sure what value the planet provides to the community.
its a bit of a hit and miss firehose sometimes.
5. Planets are old and tired, just drop the entire thing.
But also, get our social media people to maintain contributor /
interesting lists. ie, the fedoraproject twitter account could maintain
a list of 'fedora contributors' and 'fedora packagers' or whatever.
6. Switch to pluto as in 2, but also setup some curators. Have a
'firehose' of all feeds, but the main fedora planet would be just
curated things that are known to be related to fedora and not off topic
6. Get someones (not it!) to take in all the
twitter/facebook/mastodon/blog posts/rss feeds and post some kind of
curated round up every week or something.
7. Your brilliant idea here!
So, thoughts? this is not at all urgent, but we should end up doing
something with it sometime. :)
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