Libre and federated alternative to Ultimate Guitar
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# 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
## But … why?
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.
## Ok, what features will it have?
I think the most basic features necessary for use are…
- Basic tab formatting with
[ChordPro]( 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
## You mentioned "decentralisation". Whot?
My plan is to implement some sort of
[ActivityPub]( 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.
## Do you have a timeline?
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.