Brad Fitzpatrick (bradfitz) wrote in lj_dev,
Brad Fitzpatrick
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NNTP Interface

Every few weeks somebody brings up the possibility of an NNTP interface to read LiveJournal. I've always been quasi-enthusiastic about it at best, but now I realize that news servers can require logins, and that means a shitload of things:

-- we can restrict NNTP access to paid users (important for load)
-- we can allow posting (both comments & in journals)
-- we can respect security of entries (though posting with security would be weird... perhaps by subject starting with [private] or [friends])

I started reading the NNTP protocol spec for fun but quickly got distracted because 1) I'm super tired today, and 2) there's a lot of shit in there about inter-server communication and news replication, which I couldn't give a half-damn about. (don't even bring up this issue... it's not going to happen. I've thought a lot about it.)

Does anybody have much NNTP experience and want to head this project, with as much help from me as reasonably necessary? I'd do all parts related to getting you the data needed quickly.

This project is somewhat interesting, albeit being Python:
http://pessoal.org/papercut/index.php

A Perl rewrite wouldn't be too hard. (bring up language flamewars and die... we want to be able to use the existing LJ API)

I don't want to spend too much time with this, though, so I want somebody to pick this up.

My priorites are:

This week: UTF-8 live & directory
After: S2 finish
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