Someone said to me that I was "somebody who is responsible for stewarding the ActivityPub specification."

Let me be clear:

I am not associated with the W3C in any way, and had absolutely no hand in creating ActivityPub. Chris Webber and many others deserve that credit. Not me. Also, I don't attend the SocialCG meetings either (which are open to all).

I am not stewarding the specification.


I have:
- Built a library implementation in Go (there are other Go projects out there)
- Chirped up occasionally in the discourse
- Occasionally had voice chats / in-person meetings with people who have worked on the AP spec
- Make scarcely read, lengthy blog posts

I'm a bad "steward", especially compared to someone like nightpool who is a force in keeping the community moving forward and engaging with it.

@cj in my experience, being a force that keeps the community moving and the conversation flowing is often a destructive things to both in the long run
I don't have any statistics to back that up, only a large amount of anecdotal evidence
in my experience, being someone that does "the thing" (e.g making a library...) and helping others do "the thing" (e.g your offer to help anyone and everyone that needs it) is far more important in aggregate :blobsmile:

@toast Maybe I put it too negatively, but I've valued their efforts at keeping the socialhub discourse forums active, where folks who want to evolve the AP standard congregate.

I'm just sitting here trying to get more people to adopt AP.

@cj no, I get it
I'm just telling you not to underestimate what you're doing either :blobsnuggle:
it is very important
I'd argue even more important than keeping the spec alive
(things can be compatible and cooperative without a spec, but a spec is nothing without users and implementers!)
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