Provider list autocreation
A curated server list is probably a good idea, but they tend to get outdated really fast and/or become controversial due to their ususally very oppinionate nature.
A totally random autocreated like (Example: https://xmpp-servers.404.city/ ) however is probably also not a great idea.
Someone suggested this: https://invent.kde.org/melvo/xmpp-providers
As an example of an auto created list based on some criteria. However it is specificaly created for the Kaidan client I think, so it would need to be modified a bit.
This seems like the best idea and if people complain about the recommendations we can always point them to the source code and ask them to contribute to improve the selection criteria.
The Kaidan list can be used too, as long as the list has some good choices to get the users started. For example the current choice in web page is jabber.fr which is in French and would be difficult for anyone not knowing French to onboard (no offence)
The Django project to create the serverlist of jabber.at seems interesting:
The interesting part is that any server admin can easily add their server and there is also an API.
become controversial due to their ususally very oppinionate nature.
However, having machine-readable criteria to ensure our manually-curated list respects (and keeps respecting) a certain number of properties over time, could be really useful.
What do other people think?
Yes and no. I think the most important thing is that the (opinionated) criteria are fully transparent and that the list is open to additions without prejeduce.
Fullfilling these two IMHO essential factors is much easier if we have a list / API that is autocreated from a database that allows server admins to add their servers themselves.
So how could we get started on this? I think the Jabber.at system would be a really good starting point, even if we only use it as a secondary page to direct XMPP server admins to. As it offers a simple API, we can pull an oppinionated recommendation-list from it during building of the main website.
So far we've prefered manual curation over automatic curation. Patches for an automated list are still welcome, whether to link to one or to setup one on our infra. In the meantime, i'll be closing this issue since it seems nobody wants to take care of it.
Feel free to revive it anytime!
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