[Members] IM Observatory

Tobias Markmann tmarkmann at googlemail.com
Thu Feb 9 22:39:06 UTC 2017


On Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 10:14 PM, Peter Saint-Andre <stpeter at stpeter.im>
wrote:

> Thijs and Tobias and I do a bit of work on it, but not as much as it
> deserves. For instance, I'm woefully behind on the queue of new servers.


Right. I had the idea on expanding what we have with xmpp.net currently,
and turning it into a front page for the larger XMPP community. This could
include things like:
* the current IM Observatory
* automated maintenance of a service directory
* tables of XMPP client implementations, and what XEPs they claim to support
* tables of XMPP server implementations, and what XEPs they claim to support
* matching these support tables up with recent compliance XEPs

As a dedicated project, however supported by the XSF by some hardware
resources, this would probably work better with the neutrality idea of the
XSF.

However, turning it into such a system would require some work of
volunteers. I'm happy at trying to improve the PHP and Lua backend code for
the system, but I'm much less gifted at the fronted stuff, especially when
it comes to modern frameworks.

I don't know what other members think of this idea and if we can get enough
volunteers together working on this, but I think such a service could
provide a huge value to the community. The maintenance of a database of
current XMPP implementations and their XEP support could also help the XSF
Council to see what standards are widely adopted and should be pushed for
advancement.

Cheers,
Tobi
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