Alright I've been sitting on a domain name for two years or more for a project I want to start but haven't started.

I'm going to discuss the idea behind the project, and it's current status, and what it would need to come to fruition, and see if there's anyone in the fediverse that would like to help me see this through.

I suspect I will nerdsnipe sundog with it, but we'll see.


So the domain is

the idea is to build an activity pub compatible/aware piece of BBS software. Add some local only posting, some member to member email, a few door games, etc.

But, ultimately, it's an activity pub aware BBS.

We access it over telnet, we have optional actual dialup.

I did some experimentation with bolting a python mastodon CLI on to mystic bbs and configuring a ... I think it was called a Tosser or a Thrower? I dunno, but configuring a program to bidirectionally sync mystic to the fediverse and visa versa.

It's basically possible to do this with off the shelf tools, and would only need a little glue.

An associated idea here is to make the import/export tools available for things other than BBSs.

I'd love to be able to read the feed of one of my accounts through an email client on DOS, and to reply over SMTP.

We'll see if it ever happens.

@ajroach42 I don't know that I have the skills or time to help bring this to fruition but I am so up for playing with this if/when it happens.

@ajroach42 I am really interested in all of these ideas! A bidirectional email gateway would also suit me well.

@BestGirlGrace @Canageek msync is definitely what I'm calling from the bash scripts I hacked together last year or so, yeah.

Is that what you wrote?

@ajroach42 @BestGirlGrace Yes that is what I was talking about, seems I wasn't helpful, sorry

@Canageek @BestGirlGrace Entirely the reverse. I couldn't remember what it was called, and don't have the codebase in front of me.

Now I know it was mysnc.

Thank you.

@ajroach42 I love the concept and utility of the wish and bubbletea libraries (, and have been trying to think of a fun use case for them. Very much not just "glue", I admit.

@tardisx ditto.

I have an idea for a project using those libs too...

I've written about it here before under the tag

I think it would be super fun to present the dreadful docs as a gemini first reading experience, with a based ssh viewer and editor.

@ajroach42 well I've been looking for an excuse to play with these things .... happy to collab

@tardisx I'm an SRE and sysadmin by trade. I'm not much of a developer, but I can do it in a pinch, with the right motivation.

I'm more interested in writing for it, and using it, and building a weird ARG around it than I am, in writing the software, you know?

I'll run it, I'll maintain it, I'll modify it. I'll write content, and I'll promote it, you know? But writing software just stresses me out.

@ajroach42 I get you. Dev *is* my day job, but doing it for fun, with the tools I want to use on the projects I care about offsets the boring day job mundanity. Of course finding tuits is always a problem. Gluing together TUI+ssh and gemini and the web sounds pretty awesome though....

@tardisx I think it could be fun, yeah. If it's something you're up to tackle, I can contribute, test, and host.

@ajroach42 cool, well let me see if I can round up some tuits and put some simple POC together. Coincidently my stickers just arrived.

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