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Crab Fit, an open source tool for group event planning (similar to When2Meet)
crab.fit Crab Fit

Enter your availability to find a time that works for everyone!

cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ca/post/19327950

I'm not the developer. I came across it and I thought it was neat.

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> Repository: github.com/GRA0007/crab.fit > > > Align your schedules to find the perfect time that works for everyone. Open-source and licensed under the GNU GPLv3. > > Self-hosting guide

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Crab Fit, an open source tool for group event planning (similar to When2Meet)
crab.fit Crab Fit

Enter your availability to find a time that works for everyone!

I'm not the developer. I came across it and I thought it was neat.

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Repository: github.com/GRA0007/crab.fit

> Align your schedules to find the perfect time that works for everyone. Open-source and licensed under the GNU GPLv3.

Self-hosting guide

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  • Thank you for putting all this together!

    Potential conflict of interest: I help with [email protected]

    Having a separate list for extensions would work nicely, although I think it fits to have the extensions listed here. There are few actual browser extensions for Lemmy/Kbin/Mastodon. There are a lot of scripts, and we were working on incorporating the better scripts into the extension for the same reasons you mentioned above. Scripts are harder to manage and review

    My thoughts on the questions.

    1. "last stable version" sounds like a good way to sort it, for readers. It might become cumbersome for you to manage unless you can automate it somehow.
    2. I'm leaning towards flagging or removing out of date apps because of potential security issues. Could you contact devs after a few months to ask if it is being maintained?
    3. A big list of every app would be interesting for data. It isn't helpful for users, so I agree with keeping them off
    4. I have a donation link. I don't think it should be included in guides or lists either
    5. I like the formatting, as a reader. Consider if it becomes too cumbersome for you and your team to manage. I'd rather have a list that stays up to date and doesn't cause headaches for the maintainer
  • FOSS Android apps that can view webpages offline?
  • I plan on experimenting with the suggestions posted here. That way I can narrow down where the problem is

    The live website works on desktop and mobile. The offline folder works well on desktop, but it has issues on mobile, such as the search bar not working

  • FOSS Android apps that can view webpages offline?
  • That would work

    I'll check it out

  • FOSS Android apps that can view webpages offline?
  • Thank you, I'll try those

  • FOSS Android apps that can view webpages offline?

    Firefox doesn't seem to do support it currently. Chrome and Brave do come up as options

    I'm using a documentation framework that supports offline builds. It works well across browsers on desktop, but it's not great on mobile.

    Any recommendations?

    8
    What's a good way to map bathrooms/showers/water fountains?
  • This looks good, thank you!

  • What's a good way to map bathrooms/showers/water fountains?

    I don't see an option to enter that info on StreetComplete or EveryDoor, and it would be hard to open your laptop every time

    This was specific to a university campus, to try and map out the amenities available to the public / to students

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    Suggest a good opensource resumรจ builder
  • I think there is some benefit to being able to select skills and experiences for each role that you're applying to, or having different versions for particular sections that you can swap between.

    It's more important for fields where you might be applying to 100s of postings. It's less important if you're very early or late in your career, since you're either applying to fewer postings or don't have varied experience to toggle between

  • Me and my new GitHub repository
  • I was chatting with a friend, and she mentioned how she tries to at least set up a README, which includes her vision for the project and her plan for the implementation, design, and goals.

    Best case scenario is that the planning helps her complete the project herself. Worst case scenario, someone else can pick up where she left off and use her considerations for the project.

    I'm thinking of doing that for future projects too

  • @PostWatchBot - notify new comments of a post
  • I might be able to set something up with the InstanceAssistant browser extension. It would be nice to have it in the main UI, but this could help temporarily.

    I'll send a PM :)

  • Lemmy Comments for YouTube is now available!
  • This is amazing, thank you for reaching out to the dev!

    This was on the list of ideas for InstanceAssistant, but I didn't know where to start. It is great news that it was added to the original extension.

  • Firefox for Android is getting 400 new browser extensions - and you can try some now
  • That t-shirt would be cool, but don't have time to properly test our extension before then

    I'm looking forward to December when I'll have time to work on it. I'll try to attend some office hours, I didn't know that was an option

  • ๐Ÿ“š Guide | How should I link to a community?
  • Sorry for the delay

    Yes it does search from the title/user, but I'm planning to switch to resolve_object in a future update: https://github.com/cynber/lemmy-instance-assistant/issues/52#issue-1934318266

  • Why does "hide read posts" apply to my own submitted posts?
  • I think the issue here is

    they donโ€™t show up under โ€œpostsโ€ on your own profile

    It makes sense to hide read posts on the main feed, but not when you're looking at a particular user?

  • [Request] Add 'Redirect to home instance in new tab' option to browser context menu
  • Thank you for the suggestion! I'll see about implementing this in a future version, unless someone else gets to it first

    here is the issue I made: https://github.com/cynber/lemmy-instance-assistant/issues/53

    Please let me know if the issue is missing a part of your suggestion or if there was any misunderstanding

  • Simplest solution for fragmented communities: Redirect comments to one post (by asking or with new functionality)
  • Yep I think the defederation point is the big one which causes the idea to break down. I'll edit the post to better reflect my thoughts now

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    One of the main things I seem to notice on the Fediverse is that we don't have enough active users when it comes to answering questions as well as commenting.
  • That's a problem everywhere, but I've found that people are a lot better on here about downvotes?

    On Reddit I'd see comments and questions with no replies and only downvotes. Here you're a lot more likely to see responses

  • Simplest solution for fragmented communities: Redirect comments to one post (by asking or with new functionality)
  • Look, honestly: if you want Facebook ot Twitter, go back to them.

    This post was to talk about the merits/drawbacks of a potential change, and the constructive comments on the post have been helpful for that. Some of the other 'solutions' that have been posted here feel even more antithetical to the idea of decentralization (ex. redirecting upvotes, having communities follow other communities) so I was looking for a compromise that would address some of the annoyances without making the site another centralized platform. The intent was to allow users to choose how they want to link cross posts together, rather than having the community (or an app/frontend) make the decision for them. We've also been seeing users naturally gravitate to a few instances/communities, so I was looking for ways to redirect some of that traffic back to lesser known spaces.

    Regardless, I appreciate the comment. Reading the perspectives on this post helped me see how locking the post completely would cause more issues and annoyances than it would help with. A simple "we are discussing X over on this post, feel free to join" seems like the better compromise.

  • Simplest solution for fragmented communities: Redirect comments to one post (by asking or with new functionality)
  • Everyone who's subscribed to the same communities will see all of each others' comments.

    This still relies on everyone using the same app/front-end.

    I guess I'm thinking about how it would be helpful in more general cases. If someone has an issue with a FOSS app, and they ask about it in two small communities, it would be much better to have the troubleshooting discussion in one place rather than have both communities missing part of the context.

    Ultimately in your example, the user can still make both posts, this doesn't change that. It just directs the comments to one post's comment section rather than having it spread out.

    Still it's good to think about cases where OP tries to abuse the system. Would a good middle ground just be the first implementation then? For OP to link to the post that they want to be the main discussion thread, but people are free to ignore that if they want.

  • Simplest solution for fragmented communities: Redirect comments to one post (by asking or with new functionality)
  • I agree, instance assistant (our extension actually!) handles this, but it would be much better to have it exist natively.

  • Simplest solution for fragmented communities: Redirect comments to one post (by asking or with new functionality)

    EDIT: Thank you for all the great responses! I agree that a forced implementation is no longer the way to go. I've left the post as is, aside from this comment, in case anyone wanted to reference part of it. At this point, I think implementation 1 (Sincere Request) is the way to go if anything.

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    I've seen a few of these posts, some with really cool solutions, but a lot of them are difficult to implement, or complicated for casual users to understand. Here is my proposal on how we can coordinate communities that share the same topic, while also keeping the spirit of federation.

    This post has some general thoughts on why I think this is the best solution. It also has some possible implementations, including a trivial one that works already without any automod or code changes.

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    General Thoughts

    This talks about why I think this is a better solution. Feel free to skip to 'proposed solutions'.

    Leave vote counts alone:

    • Some proposals talk about sending vote totals to the original post or having all cross posts share a total vote count. This leads to issues since larger communities can manipulate which posts show up, and it creates an incentive for users to spam posts to unrelated communities. This also might lead to implementation issues, where the vote counts don't properly federate out. It's also confusing for casual users, and it takes power away from individual communities to decide if a particular post is relevant or not.
    • With all that in mind, I also don't see much of a benefit in playing with the vote counts. It might be better to leave them alone.

    What are the issues we're trying to address

    • Comment threads are disjointed. Users need to open up multiple posts to see what is being discussed. With small communities, a few users are just talking into the void. This issue is addressed.
    • Can't see relevant content without subscribing to multiple communities. While this can be seen as a downside, I think it has an added benefit because each community can decide if a post is relevant or not. Forcing posts into one community may lead to other drama with linking/unlinking, and it's very confusing for casual users to figure out who's actually going to see a particular post if it automatically appears pops up in other communities.
    • Scrolling past multiple identical crossposts in a row. My proposal doesn't address this directly, but it may offer a way for apps and frontends to deal with them.

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    Proposed Solutions

    The general premise here is:

    1. User makes a post in community A
    2. User makes crossposts in communities B, C, and D
    3. Posts in communities B, C, and D are locked, with a link to the post in community A
    4. If someone wants to make a comment about the content, they can do so in the main post in community A

    Benefits

    • User can pick which community to have the comments appear in. They can base this on rules, moderation style, or if they want to promote a niche community
    • Everyone else is free to upvote/downvote the posts independently

    Issues that need to be addressed:

    • A malicious user can post a scam or misleading content, and then lock the post with no easy way for people to call it out. While this can be reported to moderators, people may fall victim to it before the post is removed and the user is banned. Simply checking for a redirected post isn't enough because a user can make that post be on an instance/community they control, and remove comments calling out the content.

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    Implementations

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    1. Sincere Request: After making a post, the user can paste in a standard comment asking people to comment in the linked post.
    • Doesn't require any code changes and you can start doing this right now
    • Relies on commenters listening to the request
    • somewhat silly, but this is the easiest implementation

    !

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    1. Automod locks top level comments: After making a post, the user can leave a comment to trigger automod.
    • automod will prevent any top level comments, but still allow replies to the original comment.
    • requires updates to core lemmy for partial locks, or for an admin level bot that can remove comments from posts based on characteristics

    !

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    1. Automod locks post entirely: After making a post, the user can leave a comment to trigger automod.
    • automod will lock the post entirely, and leave a comment on how to deal with issues
    • anyone can message automod with a link to the post, and have it be unlocked to discuss issues
    • doesn't require updates to core lemmy, but it does require an admin level bot

    !

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    Instance Assistant v1.2.6 is out - Redirect user profile pages

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ca/post/6770347

    > This is a very small update, but hopefully it's helpful! As I mentioned in the last update, I'm a little tied up with other commitments right now, so I haven't had a chance to implement the other features on the to-do list. This one was requested the other day, and it was simple to add since I could reuse a lot of existing code. > > --- > > Links: > - Firefox Add-on > - Chrome Extension > - Edge Add-on (waiting as of 2023-10-09) > - GitHub > > --- > > ::: spoiler โ“ What is Instance Assistant? > > If you're new to Instance Assistant, it is a browser extension with a collection of tools and features to simplify your browsing experience on Lemmy and Kbin. It is available on Chrome, Firefox, and Edge; you can also install it from the releases page on GitHub. > > For a full list of features, please see the GitHub homepage: https://github.com/cynber/lemmy-instance-assistant > > ::: > > --- > > โญ What's new in v1.2.6? > - Redirect user profile pages: When you want to message a user and click on their profile, you might end up on a foreign instance. To message them, you need to modify the URL or copy/paste. Instead, you will now find a little button to jump you to your home instance. > > ! > > --- > > ๐Ÿ’› Also > > Thank you for all the suggestions and feedback! Like I said before, I'm really happy to see that people are using the extension and finding it useful. Please continue to make suggestions and contribute your expertise. > > Cheers :)

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    Instance Assistant v1.2.6 is out - Redirect user profile pages

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ca/post/6770347

    > This is a very small update, but hopefully it's helpful! As I mentioned in the last update, I'm a little tied up with other commitments right now, so I haven't had a chance to implement the other features on the to-do list. This one was requested the other day, and it was simple to add since I could reuse a lot of existing code. > > --- > > Links: > - Firefox Add-on > - Chrome Extension > - Edge Add-on (waiting as of 2023-10-09) > - GitHub > > --- > > ::: spoiler โ“ What is Instance Assistant? > > If you're new to Instance Assistant, it is a browser extension with a collection of tools and features to simplify your browsing experience on Lemmy and Kbin. It is available on Chrome, Firefox, and Edge; you can also install it from the releases page on GitHub. > > For a full list of features, please see the GitHub homepage: https://github.com/cynber/lemmy-instance-assistant > > ::: > > --- > > โญ What's new in v1.2.6? > - Redirect user profile pages: When you want to message a user and click on their profile, you might end up on a foreign instance. To message them, you need to modify the URL or copy/paste. Instead, you will now find a little button to jump you to your home instance. > > ! > > --- > > ๐Ÿ’› Also > > Thank you for all the suggestions and feedback! Like I said before, I'm really happy to see that people are using the extension and finding it useful. Please continue to make suggestions and contribute your expertise. > > Cheers :)

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    Instance Assistant v1.2.6 is out - Redirect user profile pages

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ca/post/6770347

    > This is a very small update, but hopefully it's helpful! As I mentioned in the last update, I'm a little tied up with other commitments right now, so I haven't had a chance to implement the other features on the to-do list. This one was requested the other day, and it was simple to add since I could reuse a lot of existing code. > > --- > > Links: > - Firefox Add-on > - Chrome Extension > - Edge Add-on (waiting as of 2023-10-09) > - GitHub > > --- > > ::: spoiler โ“ What is Instance Assistant? > > If you're new to Instance Assistant, it is a browser extension with a collection of tools and features to simplify your browsing experience on Lemmy and Kbin. It is available on Chrome, Firefox, and Edge; you can also install it from the releases page on GitHub. > > For a full list of features, please see the GitHub homepage: https://github.com/cynber/lemmy-instance-assistant > > ::: > > --- > > โญ What's new in v1.2.6? > - Redirect user profile pages: When you want to message a user and click on their profile, you might end up on a foreign instance. To message them, you need to modify the URL or copy/paste. Instead, you will now find a little button to jump you to your home instance. > > ! > > --- > > ๐Ÿ’› Also > > Thank you for all the suggestions and feedback! Like I said before, I'm really happy to see that people are using the extension and finding it useful. Please continue to make suggestions and contribute your expertise. > > Cheers :)

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    Instance Assistant v1.2.6 is out - Redirect user profile pages

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ca/post/6770347

    > This is a very small update, but hopefully it's helpful! As I mentioned in the last update, I'm a little tied up with other commitments right now, so I haven't had a chance to implement the other features on the to-do list. This one was requested the other day, and it was simple to add since I could reuse a lot of existing code. > > --- > > Links: > - Firefox Add-on > - Chrome Extension > - Edge Add-on (waiting as of 2023-10-09) > - GitHub > > --- > > ::: spoiler โ“ What is Instance Assistant? > > If you're new to Instance Assistant, it is a browser extension with a collection of tools and features to simplify your browsing experience on Lemmy and Kbin. It is available on Chrome, Firefox, and Edge; you can also install it from the releases page on GitHub. > > For a full list of features, please see the GitHub homepage: https://github.com/cynber/lemmy-instance-assistant > > ::: > > --- > > โญ What's new in v1.2.6? > - Redirect user profile pages: When you want to message a user and click on their profile, you might end up on a foreign instance. To message them, you need to modify the URL or copy/paste. Instead, you will now find a little button to jump you to your home instance. > > ! > > --- > > ๐Ÿ’› Also > > Thank you for all the suggestions and feedback! Like I said before, I'm really happy to see that people are using the extension and finding it useful. Please continue to make suggestions and contribute your expertise. > > Cheers :)

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    Instance Assistant v1.2.6 is out - Redirect user profile pages

    This is a very small update, but hopefully it's helpful! As I mentioned in the last update, I'm a little tied up with other commitments right now, so I haven't had a chance to implement the other features on the to-do list. This one was requested the other day, and it was simple to add since I could reuse a lot of existing code.

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    Links:

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    โ“ What is Instance Assistant?

    If you're new to Instance Assistant, it is a browser extension with a collection of tools and features to simplify your browsing experience on Lemmy and Kbin. It is available on Chrome, Firefox, and Edge; you can also install it from the releases page on GitHub.

    For a full list of features, please see the GitHub homepage: https://github.com/cynber/lemmy-instance-assistant

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    โญ What's new in v1.2.6?

    • Redirect user profile pages: When you want to message a user and click on their profile, you might end up on a foreign instance. To message them, you need to modify the URL or copy/paste. Instead, you will now find a little button to jump you to your home instance.

    !

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    ๐Ÿ’› Also

    Thank you for all the suggestions and feedback! Like I said before, I'm really happy to see that people are using the extension and finding it useful. Please continue to make suggestions and contribute your expertise.

    Cheers :)

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    #MeetMeDowntown + Mstdn.ca - Mastodon Canada introduces a new emoji pack, Marvin and Mates, in collaboration with the City of Edmonton's Meet Me Downtown campaign

    Quoting:

    > Marvin and Mates were developed originally in support of the City of Edmontonโ€™s downtown vibrancy campaign, Meet Me Downtown, a campaign centred around celebrating connection and community. A shared moment, an experience, an invite. > > Now, we invite you to welcome Marvin and Mates into our community. This collaboration with the City of Edmonton and Mastodon Canada has been long in the making and we want to thank the City for proposing this idea and working with us to create the twenty unique emojis we're welcoming to the instance. > > It's incredibly exciting to welcome the first Canadian municipality to the Fediverse, and look forward to welcoming more collaborations like this with other municipalities across the country! > > This exclusive emoji pack contains 20 adorable (digitally) hand-drawn characters to help infuse our toots with an extra dose of elation.

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    How to handle collaborators on an open source project?

    What are some good rules to follow when handling people who want to collaborate on a project that is on your personal repo?

    It looks like GitHub doesn't allow fine control of permissions unless it is an organization repo. I looked around and a lot of other projects (specifically browser extensions) still live on the main dev's account. I don't have any reason to doubt the people who want to help, but it might be nice to know what the best practices are.

    Should I add everyone as a collaborator? This runs into the issue above where I can't limit permissions.

    Should everyone push contributions from their forks? In that case, how would people work together on a particular feature.

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    How to handle collaborators on an open source project?

    What are some good rules to follow when handling people who want to collaborate on a project that is on your personal repo?

    It looks like GitHub doesn't allow fine control of permissions unless it is an organization repo. I looked around and a lot of other projects (specifically browser extensions) still live on the main dev's account. I don't have any reason to doubt the people who want to help, but it might be nice to know what the best practices are.

    Should I add everyone as a collaborator? This runs into the issue above where I can't limit permissions.

    Should everyone push contributions from their forks? In that case, how would people work together on a particular feature.

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    Instance Assistant v1.2.5 released: You can now generate posts for Lemmy/Kbin, search for posts, and redirect posts from foreign instances

    Hi everyone, I'm excited to announce one more release before I take a short break. I have some other stuff starting up, so I won't be pushing out new features as fast, but I'll still be around to manage the project. (more at the end)

    Links:

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    โ“ What is Instance Assistant?

    If you're new to Instance Assistant, it is a browser extension with a collection of tools and features to simplify your browsing experience on Lemmy and Kbin. It is available on Chrome, Firefox, and Edge; you can also install it from the releases page on GitHub.

    For a full list of features, please see the GitHub homepage: https://github.com/cynber/lemmy-instance-assistant

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    โญ What's new in v1.2.5?

    • Redirect posts to your home instance!: Post pages now have a redirect button that will find the same post on your home instance(1). You don't have to hunt it down yourself anymore.
    • Posts related to this webpage buttons in popup & sidebar
      • Make a post: You can now create a post from any webpage! Click the 'Make a Post' button in the extension popup or sidebar to generate a draft post with autofilled title, URL, and body contents. Afterwards, just select a community and hit post. (This currently works for both Lemmy & Kbin, but custom frontends are untested while they develop). Try it here: https://lemmy.ca/post/4478560
      • Open Posts: This will find any posts about the webpage/article/video that you are looking at. Use it to see if something has already been posted, or to find related discussions about it. When there are multiple posts, it will ask before opening them all. (see note on risks and why it doesn't count automatically)
    • Post an image: You can now right-click on an image, anywhere on the web, and hit "Post this image". It will open a new tab and autofill the title, image link, and add the page URL to the body as "Source: URL". Try it here: https://lemmy.ca/post/1282303
    • Reorganizing popup:
      • I fixed the issue where the popup would still display a button after removing all instances from the list.
      • The number of default instances in the popup was reduced to 4
    • Added settings:
      • You can now hide onboardining guides to make the interfaces less wordy
    • General styling changes, wording improvements, and bugfixes

    (1) This is an important feature to me because this little annoyance was part of why I set out to create the extension in the first place. Thanks to some help from @zero_gravitas, I was able to use the Lemmy API to grab the post details, and then run a search for it on your home instance. While most posts should only bring one result, there is a chance that there are multiple posts by the same user, in the same community, with the same title. If this is an issue, I'll make this search more specific.

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    ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ My questions for you:

    Improving 'post to Lemmy'

    • Right now the 'Post to Lemmy' button does a very basic search in the page meta tags for information. This works for most websites, but it is not perfect. What websites do you usually post from, and is the extension doing a good job of replicating how you format the post? Please share both good and bad examples, so we can fix what isn't working and keep what is.

    Improving Post search

    • Having the extension automatically count the number of posts and display it in the icon would be pretty nice, since then you would know about any posts for the news article / blog / video that you are looking at. However, there are privacy implications with this since it needs to send the URL to your home instance to do the search.
    • I would like to add the option to whitelist specific websites, so the user can choose what browsing data they want to find posts for. Is this something you would list to use? What websites would you whitelist?

    Anything else?

    Please share any issues that you find. Lemmy and Kbin instances have a lot of variation in how things are structured, so there are bound to be some bugs that I haven't found yet. If you have any ideas for new features, please share them too! I'm always looking for new ideas to add to the project.

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    ๐Ÿ”ฎ Cool ideas being discussed for the future
    • Account switcher & ability to save login info to extension
    • Reddit migrator tools
      • multireddit input should convert subscriptions to official Threadiverse replacements, or large related communities
      • embeds on Subreddit sidebars to search for similar community
      • button on post pages to cross-post to home instance
    • Prepping for Firefox Mobile app, now that they are opening mobile up to all extensions!
    • Keyboard hotkeys, possibly collaborating with someone that already implemented something similar

    For the most up to date information, see the issues or the project road map

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    ๐Ÿ’› Finally

    Thank you for all the suggestions and feedback so far! I'm really happy to see that people are using the extension and finding it useful. I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do with it in the future.

    Like I said above, I won't be as active over the next few months in terms of getting new features out. The extension is now in good shape, and it covers most of the important use cases. There's still lots of cool stuff we can do with it, so please contribute ideas and expertise! When I get a chance, I'll pop in and grab a few more issues.

    Cheers :)

    2
    Instance Assistant v1.2.5 released: You can now generate posts for Lemmy/Kbin, search for posts, and redirect posts from foreign instances

    Hi everyone, I'm excited to announce one more release before I take a short break. I have some other stuff starting up, so I won't be pushing out new features as fast, but I'll still be around to manage the project. (more at the end)

    Links:

    ---

    โ“ What is Instance Assistant?

    If you're new to Instance Assistant, it is a browser extension with a collection of tools and features to simplify your browsing experience on Lemmy and Kbin. It is available on Chrome, Firefox, and Edge; you can also install it from the releases page on GitHub.

    For a full list of features, please see the GitHub homepage: https://github.com/cynber/lemmy-instance-assistant

    ---

    โญ What's new in v1.2.5?

    • Redirect posts to your home instance!: Post pages now have a redirect button that will find the same post on your home instance(1). You don't have to hunt it down yourself anymore.
    • Posts related to this webpage buttons in popup & sidebar
      • Make a post: You can now create a post from any webpage! Click the 'Make a Post' button in the extension popup or sidebar to generate a draft post with autofilled title, URL, and body contents. Afterwards, just select a community and hit post. (This currently works for both Lemmy & Kbin, but custom frontends are untested while they develop). Try it here: https://lemmy.ca/post/4478560
      • Open Posts: This will find any posts about the webpage/article/video that you are looking at. Use it to see if something has already been posted, or to find related discussions about it. When there are multiple posts, it will ask before opening them all. (see note on risks and why it doesn't count automatically)
    • Post an image: You can now right-click on an image, anywhere on the web, and hit "Post this image". It will open a new tab and autofill the title, image link, and add the page URL to the body as "Source: URL". Try it here: https://lemmy.ca/post/1282303
    • Reorganizing popup:
      • I fixed the issue where the popup would still display a button after removing all instances from the list.
      • The number of default instances in the popup was reduced to 4
    • Added settings:
      • You can now hide onboardining guides to make the interfaces less wordy
    • General styling changes, wording improvements, and bugfixes

    (1) This is an important feature to me because this little annoyance was part of why I set out to create the extension in the first place. Thanks to some help from @zero_gravitas, I was able to use the Lemmy API to grab the post details, and then run a search for it on your home instance. While most posts should only bring one result, there is a chance that there are multiple posts by the same user, in the same community, with the same title. If this is an issue, I'll make this search more specific.

    ---

    ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ My questions for you:

    Improving 'post to Lemmy'

    • Right now the 'Post to Lemmy' button does a very basic search in the page meta tags for information. This works for most websites, but it is not perfect. What websites do you usually post from, and is the extension doing a good job of replicating how you format the post? Please share both good and bad examples, so we can fix what isn't working and keep what is.

    Improving Post search

    • Having the extension automatically count the number of posts and display it in the icon would be pretty nice, since then you would know about any posts for the news article / blog / video that you are looking at. However, there are privacy implications with this since it needs to send the URL to your home instance to do the search.
    • I would like to add the option to whitelist specific websites, so the user can choose what browsing data they want to find posts for. Is this something you would list to use? What websites would you whitelist?

    Anything else?

    Please share any issues that you find. Lemmy and Kbin instances have a lot of variation in how things are structured, so there are bound to be some bugs that I haven't found yet. If you have any ideas for new features, please share them too! I'm always looking for new ideas to add to the project.

    ---

    ๐Ÿ”ฎ Cool ideas being discussed for the future
    • Account switcher & ability to save login info to extension
    • Reddit migrator tools
      • multireddit input should convert subscriptions to official Threadiverse replacements, or large related communities
      • embeds on Subreddit sidebars to search for similar community
      • button on post pages to cross-post to home instance
    • Prepping for Firefox Mobile app, now that they are opening mobile up to all extensions!
    • Keyboard hotkeys, possibly collaborating with someone that already implemented something similar

    For the most up to date information, see the issues or the project road map

    ---

    ๐Ÿ’› Finally

    Thank you for all the suggestions and feedback so far! I'm really happy to see that people are using the extension and finding it useful. I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do with it in the future.

    Like I said above, I won't be as active over the next few months in terms of getting new features out. The extension is now in good shape, and it covers most of the important use cases. There's still lots of cool stuff we can do with it, so please contribute ideas and expertise! When I get a chance, I'll pop in and grab a few more issues.

    Cheers :)

    10
    Instance Assistant v1.2.5 released: You can now generate posts for Lemmy/Kbin, search for posts, and redirect posts from foreign instances

    Hi everyone, I'm excited to announce one more release before I take a short break. I have some other stuff starting up, so I won't be pushing out new features as fast, but I'll still be around to manage the project. (more at the end)

    Links:

    ---

    โ“ What is Instance Assistant?

    If you're new to Instance Assistant, it is a browser extension with a collection of tools and features to simplify your browsing experience on Lemmy and Kbin. It is available on Chrome, Firefox, and Edge; you can also install it from the releases page on GitHub.

    For a full list of features, please see the GitHub homepage: https://github.com/cynber/lemmy-instance-assistant

    ---

    โญ What's new in v1.2.5?

    • Redirect posts to your home instance!: Post pages now have a redirect button that will find the same post on your home instance(1). You don't have to hunt it down yourself anymore.
    • Posts related to this webpage buttons in popup & sidebar
      • Make a post: You can now create a post from any webpage! Click the 'Make a Post' button in the extension popup or sidebar to generate a draft post with autofilled title, URL, and body contents. Afterwards, just select a community and hit post. (This currently works for both Lemmy & Kbin, but custom frontends are untested while they develop). Try it here: https://lemmy.ca/post/4478560
      • Open Posts: This will find any posts about the webpage/article/video that you are looking at. Use it to see if something has already been posted, or to find related discussions about it. When there are multiple posts, it will ask before opening them all. (see note on risks and why it doesn't count automatically)
    • Post an image: You can now right-click on an image, anywhere on the web, and hit "Post this image". It will open a new tab and autofill the title, image link, and add the page URL to the body as "Source: URL". Try it here: https://lemmy.ca/post/1282303
    • Reorganizing popup:
      • I fixed the issue where the popup would still display a button after removing all instances from the list.
      • The number of default instances in the popup was reduced to 4
    • Added settings:
      • You can now hide onboardining guides to make the interfaces less wordy
    • General styling changes, wording improvements, and bugfixes

    (1) This is an important feature to me because this little annoyance was part of why I set out to create the extension in the first place. Thanks to some help from @zero_gravitas, I was able to use the Lemmy API to grab the post details, and then run a search for it on your home instance. While most posts should only bring one result, there is a chance that there are multiple posts by the same user, in the same community, with the same title. If this is an issue, I'll make this search more specific.

    ---

    ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ My questions for you:

    Improving 'post to Lemmy'

    • Right now the 'Post to Lemmy' button does a very basic search in the page meta tags for information. This works for most websites, but it is not perfect. What websites do you usually post from, and is the extension doing a good job of replicating how you format the post? Please share both good and bad examples, so we can fix what isn't working and keep what is.

    Improving Post search

    • Having the extension automatically count the number of posts and display it in the icon would be pretty nice, since then you would know about any posts for the news article / blog / video that you are looking at. However, there are privacy implications with this since it needs to send the URL to your home instance to do the search.
    • I would like to add the option to whitelist specific websites, so the user can choose what browsing data they want to find posts for. Is this something you would list to use? What websites would you whitelist?

    Anything else?

    Please share any issues that you find. Lemmy and Kbin instances have a lot of variation in how things are structured, so there are bound to be some bugs that I haven't found yet. If you have any ideas for new features, please share them too! I'm always looking for new ideas to add to the project.

    ---

    ๐Ÿ”ฎ Cool ideas being discussed for the future
    • Account switcher & ability to save login info to extension
    • Reddit migrator tools
      • multireddit input should convert subscriptions to official Threadiverse replacements, or large related communities
      • embeds on Subreddit sidebars to search for similar community
      • button on post pages to cross-post to home instance
    • Prepping for Firefox Mobile app, now that they are opening mobile up to all extensions!
    • Keyboard hotkeys, possibly collaborating with someone that already implemented something similar

    For the most up to date information, see the issues or the project road map

    ---

    ๐Ÿ’› Finally

    Thank you for all the suggestions and feedback so far! I'm really happy to see that people are using the extension and finding it useful. I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do with it in the future.

    Like I said above, I won't be as active over the next few months in terms of getting new features out. The extension is now in good shape, and it covers most of the important use cases. There's still lots of cool stuff we can do with it, so please contribute ideas and expertise! When I get a chance, I'll pop in and grab a few more issues.

    Cheers :)

    3
    Instance Assistant v1.2.5 released: You can now generate posts for Lemmy/Kbin, search for posts, and redirect posts from foreign instances

    Hi everyone, I'm excited to announce one more release before I take a short break. I have some other stuff starting up, so I won't be pushing out new features as fast, but I'll still be around to manage the project. (more at the end)

    Links:

    ---

    โ“ What is Instance Assistant?

    If you're new to Instance Assistant, it is a browser extension with a collection of tools and features to simplify your browsing experience on Lemmy and Kbin. It is available on Chrome, Firefox, and Edge; you can also install it from the releases page on GitHub.

    For a full list of features, please see the GitHub homepage: https://github.com/cynber/lemmy-instance-assistant

    ---

    โญ What's new in v1.2.5?

    • Redirect posts to your home instance!: Post pages now have a redirect button that will find the same post on your home instance(1). You don't have to hunt it down yourself anymore.
    • Posts related to this webpage buttons in popup & sidebar
      • Make a post: You can now create a post from any webpage! Click the 'Make a Post' button in the extension popup or sidebar to generate a draft post with autofilled title, URL, and body contents. Afterwards, just select a community and hit post. (This currently works for both Lemmy & Kbin, but custom frontends are untested while they develop). Try it here: https://lemmy.ca/post/4478560
      • Open Posts: This will find any posts about the webpage/article/video that you are looking at. Use it to see if something has already been posted, or to find related discussions about it. When there are multiple posts, it will ask before opening them all. (see note on risks and why it doesn't count automatically)
    • Post an image: You can now right-click on an image, anywhere on the web, and hit "Post this image". It will open a new tab and autofill the title, image link, and add the page URL to the body as "Source: URL". Try it here: https://lemmy.ca/post/1282303
    • Reorganizing popup:
      • I fixed the issue where the popup would still display a button after removing all instances from the list.
      • The number of default instances in the popup was reduced to 4
    • Added settings:
      • You can now hide onboardining guides to make the interfaces less wordy
    • General styling changes, wording improvements, and bugfixes

    (1) This is an important feature to me because this little annoyance was part of why I set out to create the extension in the first place. Thanks to some help from @zero_gravitas, I was able to use the Lemmy API to grab the post details, and then run a search for it on your home instance. While most posts should only bring one result, there is a chance that there are multiple posts by the same user, in the same community, with the same title. If this is an issue, I'll make this search more specific.

    ---

    ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ My questions for you:

    Improving 'post to Lemmy'

    • Right now the 'Post to Lemmy' button does a very basic search in the page meta tags for information. This works for most websites, but it is not perfect. What websites do you usually post from, and is the extension doing a good job of replicating how you format the post? Please share both good and bad examples, so we can fix what isn't working and keep what is.

    Improving Post search

    • Having the extension automatically count the number of posts and display it in the icon would be pretty nice, since then you would know about any posts for the news article / blog / video that you are looking at. However, there are privacy implications with this since it needs to send the URL to your home instance to do the search.
    • I would like to add the option to whitelist specific websites, so the user can choose what browsing data they want to find posts for. Is this something you would list to use? What websites would you whitelist?

    Anything else?

    Please share any issues that you find. Lemmy and Kbin instances have a lot of variation in how things are structured, so there are bound to be some bugs that I haven't found yet. If you have any ideas for new features, please share them too! I'm always looking for new ideas to add to the project.

    ---

    ๐Ÿ”ฎ Cool ideas being discussed for the future
    • Account switcher & ability to save login info to extension
    • Reddit migrator tools
      • multireddit input should convert subscriptions to official Threadiverse replacements, or large related communities
      • embeds on Subreddit sidebars to search for similar community
      • button on post pages to cross-post to home instance
    • Prepping for Firefox Mobile app, now that they are opening mobile up to all extensions!
    • Keyboard hotkeys, possibly collaborating with someone that already implemented something similar

    For the most up to date information, see the issues or the project road map

    ---

    ๐Ÿ’› Finally

    Thank you for all the suggestions and feedback so far! I'm really happy to see that people are using the extension and finding it useful. I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do with it in the future.

    Like I said above, I won't be as active over the next few months in terms of getting new features out. The extension is now in good shape, and it covers most of the important use cases. There's still lots of cool stuff we can do with it, so please contribute ideas and expertise! When I get a chance, I'll pop in and grab a few more issues.

    Cheers :)

    2
    YSK that You can now generate posts for Lemmy/Kbin, search for posts, and redirect posts from foreign instances (with Instance Assistant v1.2.5)

    Why YSK: It's a free and open source browser extension we have been working on, which might make it easier to use Lemmy & Kbin. This update in particular brings a few features that make the sites a lot easier to use, in particular the ability to jump from a post on one instance to the same post on another. Since the URL doesn't have any identifiers aside from the post ID number, there hasn't been an easier way to do this. Original cross post below:

    ---

    ---

    Hi everyone, I'm excited to announce one more release before I take a short break. I have some other stuff starting up, so I won't be pushing out new features as fast, but I'll still be around to manage the project. (more at the end)

    Links:

    ---

    โ“ What is Instance Assistant?

    If you're new to Instance Assistant, it is a browser extension with a collection of tools and features to simplify your browsing experience on Lemmy and Kbin. It is available on Chrome, Firefox, and Edge; you can also install it from the releases page on GitHub.

    For a full list of features, please see the GitHub homepage: https://github.com/cynber/lemmy-instance-assistant

    ---

    โญ What's new in v1.2.5?

    • Redirect posts to your home instance!: Post pages now have a redirect button that will find the same post on your home instance(1). You don't have to hunt it down yourself anymore.
    • Posts related to this webpage buttons in popup & sidebar
      • Make a post: You can now create a post from any webpage! Click the 'Make a Post' button in the extension popup or sidebar to generate a draft post with autofilled title, URL, and body contents. Afterwards, just select a community and hit post. (This currently works for both Lemmy & Kbin, but custom frontends are untested while they develop). Try it here: https://lemmy.ca/post/4478560
      • Open Posts: This will find any posts about the webpage/article/video that you are looking at. Use it to see if something has already been posted, or to find related discussions about it. When there are multiple posts, it will ask before opening them all. (see note on risks and why it doesn't count automatically)
    • Post an image: You can now right-click on an image, anywhere on the web, and hit "Post this image". It will open a new tab and autofill the title, image link, and add the page URL to the body as "Source: URL". Try it here: https://lemmy.ca/post/1282303
    • Reorganizing popup:
      • I fixed the issue where the popup would still display a button after removing all instances from the list.
      • The number of default instances in the popup was reduced to 4
    • Added settings:
      • You can now hide onboardining guides to make the interfaces less wordy
    • General styling changes, wording improvements, and bugfixes

    (1) This is an important feature to me because this little annoyance was part of why I set out to create the extension in the first place. Thanks to some help from @zero_gravitas, I was able to use the Lemmy API to grab the post details, and then run a search for it on your home instance. While most posts should only bring one result, there is a chance that there are multiple posts by the same user, in the same community, with the same title. If this is an issue, I'll make this search more specific.

    ---

    ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ My questions for you:

    Improving 'post to Lemmy'

    • Right now the 'Post to Lemmy' button does a very basic search in the page meta tags for information. This works for most websites, but it is not perfect. What websites do you usually post from, and is the extension doing a good job of replicating how you format the post? Please share both good and bad examples, so we can fix what isn't working and keep what is.

    Improving Post search

    • Having the extension automatically count the number of posts and display it in the icon would be pretty nice, since then you would know about any posts for the news article / blog / video that you are looking at. However, there are privacy implications with this since it needs to send the URL to your home instance to do the search.
    • I would like to add the option to whitelist specific websites, so the user can choose what browsing data they want to find posts for. Is this something you would list to use? What websites would you whitelist?

    Anything else?

    Please share any issues that you find. Lemmy and Kbin instances have a lot of variation in how things are structured, so there are bound to be some bugs that I haven't found yet. If you have any ideas for new features, please share them too! I'm always looking for new ideas to add to the project.

    ---

    ๐Ÿ”ฎ Cool ideas being discussed for the future
    • Account switcher & ability to save login info to extension
    • Reddit migrator tools
      • multireddit input should convert subscriptions to official Threadiverse replacements, or large related communities
      • embeds on Subreddit sidebars to search for similar community
      • button on post pages to cross-post to home instance
    • Prepping for Firefox Mobile app, now that they are opening mobile up to all extensions!
    • Keyboard hotkeys, possibly collaborating with someone that already implemented something similar

    For the most up to date information, see the issues or the project road map

    ---

    ๐Ÿ’› Finally

    Thank you for all the suggestions and feedback so far! I'm really happy to see that people are using the extension and finding it useful. I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do with it in the future.

    Like I said above, I won't be as active over the next few months in terms of getting new features out. The extension is now in good shape, and it covers most of the important use cases. There's still lots of cool stuff we can do with it, so please contribute ideas and expertise! When I get a chance, I'll pop in and grab a few more issues.

    Cheers :)

    4
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