Improving the built-in help system for Bitlbee Mastodon

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Summary: The "help mread" is expected to tell users how to read their own timeline, but instead it talks about mode settings. If I run "timeline . . .

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> Indeed it's useful to have "timeline home". But to be clear, when I
> said I could not read my own timeline, I meant the timeline other
> people see when they visit https://infosec.exchange/@bojkotiMalbona,
> not the aggregate of those I follow. This is what I thought "help
> mastodon" was telling me "help mread" would cover.
> I just realized that "timeline @bojkotiMalbona" works for this. I was
> originally attempting to "timeline infosecexchange_" (which is my IRC
> client's name for myself in the channel of the mastodon acct).
> I should perhaps mention another idiosyncracy along those lines. I
> tried to "follow @someuser@somenode.org" and got an error. But that
> same user just happened to have a local name in IRC b/c someone else
> boosted them or I did a "context ..." that named them. But when I did
> a "follow ircname", it worked. I see no reason for the different
> treatment.
> In the case where "follow @someuser@somenode.org" fails to find the
> account, couldn't your plugin internally do whatever is necessary to
> get that user in the IRC room, and then follow that account by using
> the IRC name in the room?


Feel free to add more "documentation bugs".


The "help mread" is expected to tell users how to read their own timeline, but instead it talks about mode settings.

If I run "timeline infosecexchange_", I expect to see my own timeline but instead I get "You seem to have no lists defined.." I've only managed to be able to see the timeline of other ppl.

– @bojkotiMalbona@infosec.exchange


Indeed it's useful to have "timeline home". But to be clear, when I said I could not read my own timeline, I meant the timeline other people see when they visit https://infosec.exchange/@bojkotiMalbona, not the aggregate of those I follow. This is what I thought "help mastodon" was telling me "help mread" would cover.

I just realized that "timeline @bojkotiMalbona" works for this. I was originally attempting to "timeline infosecexchange_" (which is my IRC client's name for myself in the channel of the mastodon acct).

I should perhaps mention another idiosyncracy along those lines. I tried to "follow @someuser@somenode.org" and got an error. But that same user just happened to have a local name in IRC b/c someone else boosted them or I did a "context ..." that named them. But when I did a "follow ircname", it worked. I see no reason for the different treatment.

In the case where "follow @someuser@somenode.org" fails to find the account, couldn't your plugin internally do whatever is necessary to get that user in the IRC room, and then follow that account by using the IRC name in the room?

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Summary: Added a fix for the *read* documentation: https://alexschroeder.ch/cgit/bitlbee-mastodon/tree/doc/HELP.md#read

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Added a fix for the read documentation: https://alexschroeder.ch/cgit/bitlbee-mastodon/tree/doc/HELP.md#read

– Alex Schroeder 2020-02-24 21:43 UTC


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