Subscribing to something is a pretty close analog to an ActivityPub Follow, and I’m somewhat inclined to make it one. There are a couple of potential gotchas, though: an Actor’s Following list is generally public, where a person’s Atom/RSS subscriptions generally aren’t. SIOC can handle this because there is no definition of how many SubscriptionLists a user can have. ActivityPub’s spec doesn’t seem to exclude multiple outboxes, but I wouldn’t care to predict what a client’s reaction to that might be.

Both SIOC and ActivityPub are pretty clear that a person can have multiple UserAccount/Actor objects linked to them, so that’s probably where things should branch: “this is my UserAccount for feed reading; it’s not visible to the public.” Two UserAccounts can point to the same Inbox, so that would work fairly transparently to the user. For now, I’m not going to move it anywhere but I guess I’ll have to keep it in mind.

No commit today; I only have three or four hours a day, tops, to put into Wirebird and I’ve been reading Learning SPARQL rather than coding. I’ve gone back to the tests which, if you are looking at the current-as-I-write-this repo, don’t at all match the direction took. Getting those up to date is particularly important to me because there are times I don’t get to work on code at all for long stretches, and picking up on the last failing test is the only “to do list” I have found that works for me.

I also am thinking of a structural change: instead of passing around the $data (or $json as it is usually called in the code) hashref holding the current resource item, I may make it a full-blown object. Making the Wirebird object itself respresent the resource may or may not work (since sometimes it’s working with a parent and child resource or the like) so I’m thinking of a Wirebird::Resource object, with the plugin system attached to that. So I want to let that simmer a bit before moving forward with code.

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