I've been working on this for the past week: An opt-in profile directory for each Mastodon server.

@Eugen 🎄 @Hey Manu!! @dansup 🎅

Someday we need to start talking about a decentralised fediverse directory. Friendica, Hubzilla, and the Zap/Osada projects each have their own project wide mirrored directory servers, but it's time to bring these all together and include the rest of the fediverse. The things we've learned already:  
a) make sure it's opt-in
b) make sure each participant pings the directory at regular intervals or whenever there's a profile change. This way we reduce the occurrence of stale data and can prune dead accounts and servers (those that haven't pinged the server "recently").
c) optionally provide a supported protocols field so that the directory itself is protocol agnostic.

@Gargron Yes! Some things to better explore and find stuff & people here is needed and good. :)

@Gargron And I learn of this only *after* hours failing to get naumanni to work ;-;

@Gargron mmm it's seem a very very good start point to know what's going on here :) It will be in the next release?

Great! But I think that making it federated from the start is a priority.

I also like the way #Mastalab used the Trunk categories for its user directory.

Thank you! A great feature for the #Mastodon instances of a community.

when accosted as to why I didn't put money in the Salvation Army kettle, apparently the correct response is not "I don't give money to hate groups"

@Gargron think this is a really good addition especially for new users. 👏👏👏

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