Libre and federated alternative to Ultimate Guitar
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9 months ago
# suggest_a_better_name
`suggest_a_better_name`, for want of a better name, is a libre,
decentralised, and somewhat stripped-down alternative to [Ultimate
Guitar](https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/).
9 months ago
# But … why?
9 months ago
While the core functionality of UG is fantastic, I believe many of the
features are completely unnecessary and only serve to clutter the UI. I
also dislike the inundation of ads, paywalling of important features
such as PDF export, and the implication that every single piece has a
video tutorial you *could* access … if only you were a Pro user.
9 months ago
# Ok, what features will it have?
9 months ago
I think the most basic features necessary for use are…
- Basic tab formatting with
[ChordPro](https://www.chordpro.org/chordpro/index.html) syntax
- PDF export
- Moderation system
- Reporting tabs for copyright infringement, inappropriate material, etc.
- Tab removal
- Account removal
Nice-to-have features would include
- Upvotes (no downvotes)
- Comments
- Would require addition to moderation system
9 months ago
# You mentioned "decentralisation". Whot?
9 months ago
My plan is to implement some sort of
[ActivityPub](https://activitypub.rocks/) support, allowing users on one
instance to discover tabs created by users on another instance and
vote/comment on them.
Centralised, libre alternatives to commercial behemoths seldom gain much
traction for a variety of reasons, but one of the larger ones is that so
many individuals want to run the software on their server, with their
domain, and their custom branding. In a centralised model, that means we
end up with a bunch of tiny, disparate silos all over the internet. If
these tiny silos *aren't* so disparate and instead belong to a *network*
of silos, all sharing resources and information, it's much easier to
grow and become a more viable alternative.
That's the idea anyway.
9 months ago
# Do you have a timeline?
9 months ago
Nope!
I have little experience writing Go and zero experience with
ActivityPub, so it will be a very *very* long while before this project
is usable.
# Contributing
This project requires setting a few pieces of software up before getting
started.