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cynber OP ,
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Thank you, I'll try those

cynber OP ,
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That would work

I'll check it out

cynber OP ,
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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

cynber ,
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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.

cynber ,
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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 :)

[Request] Add 'Redirect to home instance in new tab' option to browser context menu

In navigating Lemmyverse for potential communities to subscribe to, it would be helpful to be able to redirect links to my home instance in a new tab to facilitate sorting through multiple communities at a time. Ideally, the option would be implemented with the ability to enable or disable either of the two context menu items to...

cynber Mod ,
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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: github.com/cynber/lemmy-instance-assistant/…/53

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

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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.

cynber ,
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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)

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....

cynber OP ,
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This works for viewing all the comments so far, but it doesn’t solve the discussion aspect since commentors from each community won’t be seeing or responding to the other comments. This is a bigger issue with smaller communities, where they’d mostly be top level comments / chains with minimal depth from each smaller community. Yes you can see all the comments, but the discussion quality is poor.

It’s also not as helpful when the automation fails. Something I’ve found is that the ‘crosspost’ field starts to get crowded on posts that link to a popular website. Combining comment sections from ALL of those posts isn’t as useful as having some intentional action from the OP.

A key aspect about this proposal is that it requires the OP to do something. If it doesn’t make sense for a community (ex. different intents behind the Politics communities), then OP shouldn’t lock their post. If OP does it anyway, then you can downvote that post.

cynber OP ,
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this proposal would give more controls to the bigger communities

what are the concerns that come to mind?

I’d rather just have different communities

All the individual communities would continue to exist as they do right now. When it makes sense for a post to have a deeper discussion, users can lock and redirect accordingly

cynber OP ,
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I agree, instance assistant (our extension actually!) handles this, but it would be much better to have it exist natively.

cynber OP ,
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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.

cynber OP ,
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that’s fair :)

cynber OP ,
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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.

cynber OP ,
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Thank you!

Hope it helps :)

cynber OP ,
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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

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...

cynber Mod ,
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That’s a great point, and it was easy enough to add because it was very similar functionality. I just made a commit here.

I’ll upload version 1.2.6 tomorrow, and it should be approved and on the stores within a week or so. Thanks for the suggestion!

How to check that an add-on doesn't spy on you ?

Many add-ons have somewhat spookiy authorisation requirements, such as “access all of your activity”. In many cases this is justified by it’s function, and of course there isn’t any problem with it as long as we’re sure all this data stays on your computer and isn’t shared with any remote server. How are we sure of...

cynber ,
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For smaller extensions, you can start by looking at the manifest.json as this file is the entry point. You can see which part of the code needs access to ‘everything’ and go from there.

developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/…/manifest.json

For example, with Instance Assistant for Lemmy, you need to give access to all sites because it needs to run on any Lemmy site and that’s not something you can hardcode in.

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)...

cynber OP ,
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Sorry to those that have already seen this. I’m trying to space out the posts so it’s not in a large clump in your feeds. People have different subscription lists, so I’m trying to reach those that haven’t seen it yet.

These are the last 4 posts :)

cynber OP ,
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There are a few userscripts out there which I could integrate into the extension. It depends on when this commit gets pushed into Lemmy core:

github.com/LemmyNet/lemmy/issues/2397

After that, it could still be useful if someone wanted to block it browser wide. At that point I’d check if people still want something like that.

cynber OP ,
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Hope it helps!

cynber OP ,
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Hope it works for you!

cynber OP ,
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That sounds good, and it sounds easy enough to implement.

I’ve made the issue here: github.com/cynber/lemmy-instance-assistant/…/45

I’ll get to it when I have time in the next few months, unless someone else gets to it first :)

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)...

cynber OP ,
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Sorry to those that have already seen this. I’m trying to space out the posts so it’s not in a large clump in your feeds. People have different subscription lists, so I’m trying to reach those that haven’t seen it yet.

These are the last 4 posts :)

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...

cynber OP ,
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That’s fair, I’ve posted here in the past but I’ll take it off my list moving forward. I think early on there wasn’t much content so it was ok, but now that the community is rolling it’s not that relevant

It’s good feedback!

cynber OP ,
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For sure, I’ll incorporate a TLDR in future posts :)

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)...

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)...

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)...

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)...

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)...

cynber ,
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From what I’ve experienced with my extension, every update has to go through a review process. Firefox is pretty fast, chrome takes a few days and edge takes a while (opera hasn’t finished reviewing my first version, so I stopped trying with them).

The only time I failed a review was early on when my build script choked and I submitted an empty file to Chrome (whoops). So I can’t really tell how good those reviews are, but I’m not planning on testing them. I just know that they exist

cynber OP Mod ,
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Yes it might be nice to use both, with sub.rehab as the first “official” replacement and then lemmyverse for alternate suggestions.

Looks like the JSON file is available so it should be easy enough to implement: sub.rehab/faq/

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