Working on getting barebones ActivityStreams/ActivityPub Event support in Hometown. So far I'm rendering incoming events with a google calendar link, my hope is to support other cals and maybe create/attach an .ical or similar to posts.

(This is prep work for a simple federated invite-people-to-your-events site that will probably use huge pieces of

As an aside... I got my ActivityPub Tester up and running on Glitch! It lets me send an arbitrary ActivityPub payload, I just paste in the JSON and it sends it to every follower

@darius I am glad you are working on this! the last thing keeping me on facebook.

@darius Can you sample the code from Friendica? Our system already has a community event calendar built-in with the same sharing model as the main system does for posts.

@jarhead last time I tried Friendica I couldn't really figure out how to use it (not from a UI perspective but like "what is fun or useful about this that would give someone cause to use it"). I don't trust my ability to learn things from code if I can't even get a handle on the user experience. And let me say that this is a me problem, not a friendica problem

@darius I can understand that. The only code I seem to sample is my own.

I had a mastodon server running over a year ago and it stopped working at some upgrade. After many attempts over months, I gave up and started looking at the features and benefits of all the Federated things. Friendica was the winner by a bit and the calendar was a part of it. BBCode and long posts was another part.

I do hope your Neighborhood idea catches on. It would be nice to have something between the feeling of big farmland and Grand Central Station at rush hour.
@Darius Kazemi @Michael Rupp

It would also be nice to know if Osada events federate with Friendica and Hubzilla and Hometown and any other projects that have calendaring. I think I can arrange testing with Friendica and Hubzilla but may require assistance from somebody on the Hometown side. I don't think code knowledge or an account is necessarily required, this is just interop so we can see what your activity packets look like and vice versa if there are issues.

I am aware that both Osada and Hubzilla use datetime without a timezone for "all day" or non timezone based events. There were some notes that this is legal RFC3339 but strays from strict ActivityStreams specifications.

@jarhead @indio honestly all I need to have is a reference to the activitypub JSON of a Friendica or Hubzilla `Event` -- I can fake any arbitrary json payload, at least for incoming data

@darius @indio I am not sure what you meant, but...

This is the display page of the event post on the timeline.…

This is a shared folder of the screenshots of making the event.…

I don't know everywhere the event is managed in the database, but this will get you to JSON exports from my MariaDB tables that hold the main information for events.…
@Darius Kazemi

You can find an Osada event at

Here is one Mike sent me from Friendica:

These aren't full activities but just objects.

I found a couple of issues with Hubzilla events. Will know more after I hear back.

@indio Thanks for this. I've confirmed that it barebones works with Friendica. The Osada event is missing a 'name' field, which seems to be required per ActivityStreams Vocabulary, but I can look for their "summary" field as a backup

@Darius Kazemi

Just looked and I don't see name as a requirement for any object in any of the specs although name is shown in all the event examples. Do you have a section # ?

The Osada code looks for summary first and name second and it doesn't recognize the event as valid if it doesn't have one of these and a start date. If it's wrong I'll fix it but I'd like to verify that it's wrong.  It was probably implemented this way to allow HTML.

@indio Ah okay. I just assumed that the examples were the minimum viable object.

@Darius Kazemi

I'll change it anyway for compatibility. It looks easy enough to force it to plaintext.
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