A while back I built a site that converts RSS feeds to ActivityPub actors that you can subscribe to from Mastodon and other ActivityPub-compliant social networks:

I've now also published the source code:

@neauoire @darius strange I just loaded it again and now it works. Must have had a hiccup.

@darius that's excellent! Thank you. Will try and use it on the back-end of my feed reader to create curated AP streams.

@lars the issue is that it's not the RSS feed, this link is the RSS feed:

(you need to replace "text" in the URL with "rss")

@darius thank you. @pinpopular works now. I must have missed the text in the URL while on mobile.

@drequivalent I refuse to make my tools seem any less janky than they really are!

@darius is there any way to delete a feed? I wasn't sure what the 'username' field was when I created my first one and used mine :(

@jdarnold nope, but I could change it in the DB if you want

@darius that would be cool - can you change it to "crooks_and_liars"?

@jdarnold can you tell me the name you used instead? or the feed URL? (I need to find it in the DB to change it)

@darius Wonderful, thank you! Have you considered pulling the site favicons as avatars for the bot accounts?

@sluglife I already pull the image associated with the feed (see @flash_forward as an example). I suppose I could fall back to the favicon if no image is described in the feed metadata

@darius @sluglife This is great! Will existing feeds get the favicon failback or only new feeds?

@ryandaniels @sluglife only new feeds. I might write a script to refresh everything when I get around to it

@darius really nice tool :) Any way to undo the creation of a 'user' though? I originally thought you could put multiple RSS feeds under a single user, so I used my own username, rather than something that actually represents the actual feed. :)

@darius how frequently does it fetch from the external site?
@darius do you deduplicate the feeds? what if someone creates another user from the same feed?

@tarikapu the form returns an error if it is the same feed

@darius earlier I meant: how frequently does your site check the actual rss feed. I'm following some feeds elsewhere. they updated but those I made on your site did not yet. sorry if I asked too many questions.

@tarikapu my site checks the RSS feeds for new entries every five minutes. Can you point me to the account that isn't updating? I can see if there are any errors

@tarikapu hm, if you go directly to do you see any of the posts? I also see that you are on a Pleroma instance: I have not tested this thoroughly with Pleroma yet so it's possible I'm doing something wrong with regards to sending messages to accounts. I will try to do some pleroma testing soon.

@darius yes I see some new posts. but some I don't see. maybe 5 mins is too frequent for some sites.
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