@trashHeap and I are posting video links in #scitech, from #fosdem! It is great fun, and we can watch the video and comment on the same page, this is kinda what web appy stuff is supposed to do, be useful, ne?
Discourse has a whitelist/blacklist feature for "onebox"ing, that is the little app that scraps websites and embeds the info in the post.
I’m not entirely sure if it works as I expect BTW. I’m putting that out front, in case my understanding is completely different from what is possible.
Anyhow, I’d like to encourage more people to watch and talk. But that means inviting folks to share links from all over. And not just direct video files, but the container pages/URLs and all the noise that brings along.
As it is, I block YouTube domains. It means the links get shared, but it doesn’t embed the YouTube player in the page. That was set years ago, but only that one site. In the past we just don’t share a lot of video.
Now I’m thinking about prohibiting everything by default, and adding embeds on a case-by-case basis.
Move slow and fix things.
When we visit the web interface for talkgroup I expect it to not betray us. I want it to ever scrub the input in smart, automated ways. I don’t want other internet sites tracking us on each page load.
Let’s look at this from the administrivia-site: we will need folks to ask to approve their domain before the website renders the video player on the site. Wow, that’s all, and that’s not bad.
I mean, I was expecting to play devil’s advocate, but that really isn’t that bad. It may even be preferable. But I am open to all feedback.
How I envision it is that someone has a domain where they or some froody group hosts a bunch of videos. So they drop some links, we investigate the creepy factor, and then add it (probably).
To start I’d add things like archive.org, Wikipedia stuff, our personal domains, things like that. Thoughts?