I was wondering if this was gonna happen.
TL;DR - sure, let’s try it. Why not? What’s the worst that could happen?
My understanding is that the way that this would work at present would be that someone would make a post, and that would get federated to a Totentanz group that we could follow on our fedi client of choice. So whenever someone makes a post or comment here, it goes to that group and we see it wherever we’re interacting with the group. However, if someone posts back to that fedi group, say to comment on a story, that interaction doesn’t get pushed back here and applied to the post thread (yet). Do I have this right?
So if we implement this now as-is, I can see a Totentanz post having two separate comment threads that aren’t related: one here and one in the fedi group. That seems a little disjointed to me and means that now instead of just monitoring one space, I will need to monitor two in order to make sure I don’t miss anything.
If this helps clarify my thoughts, here’s my personal use-case for a Totentanz federation feature:
- Create longer-form posts and replies on Totentanz
- Primarily use the Totentanz web UI whenever I’m on a laptop or desktop
- Use the fedi group via Mastodon or IceShrimp to receive notifications of new posts, comments, etc. while on mobile
- Use mastodon for short replies to existing posts while on mobile
I don’t think I’d create posts from a fedi source unless it supported categories (and whatever I was posting about was short because I don’t like typing out long missives on my phone). But I would want to see any interactions from the fedi eventually make it back into the reply chain for a Totentanz post to keep it all in one place.
And there’s something to be said for having a closed, separated community that isn’t federated. Requiring someone to be a registered user of Totentanz in order to interact with content might make the admin/mod job easier if they’re not constantly having to deal with fedi randos, and allows us to keep the community aligned with our values, themes, aesthetics, etc. Of course, that also limits the reach and interaction with posts here, which may not be what the majority of users want, and also borders on the realm of gatekeeping by exclusion, which none of us really want (I don’t think).
ANYHOO… with all that in mind, I’d say let’s give it a try as-is and see how it works or doesn’t work as the case may be. If it doesn’t work very well and people aren’t happy with it, we can always turn it off until 2-way interaction is supported. And having Totentanz federated would be an easier way to expose it to the masses and encourage people to sign in to post (membership has its privileges). I like the idea of seeing something from Totentanz showing up in the fedi and being able to retoot or boost it so that others see it as well that are outside the current Totentanz user base. It’s essentially implementing @brokenarc’s suggestion of an RSS feed in a fedi frame of mind.
There’s my 4 cents - you got 2 extra cents in there because I’m feeling especially chatty today.