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Daniel Goldsmith’s reply to Sebastian Greger by Daniel GoldsmithDaniel Goldsmith

I find it incredible that the Telemedia Act, as enacted, claimed to be an implementation of Directive 2000/31/EC – the e-commerce directive – and yet appears to primarily be in use as a method of rent-seeking by unscrupulous individuals. The scope of the Directive (and thus the intended scope of implementing laws) is on the sale and supply of goods and services in the online sphere.

Secondly, and having said the above, I still do not agree with your initial contention. It is my opinion that the hugely restrictive German definition of personal and household activity (doubtless emanating from the critical overreach of the Telemedia and the Abmahnung) is not one which has any reasonable prospect of being adopted widely by other DPAs or by the ECJ. The ECJ has given no support to the idea that website takes on the characteristics of a commercial activity merely by being related to the site-owners profession. Nor has the ECJ given any support to the idea that merely publishing to a publicly-accessible website would be beyond the boundaries of what is considered “personal”; if this were the case, then why provide a personal activity exemption at all?

I agree with Daniel’s assessment of the GDPR and how it applies to personal websites. The German interpretation of the GDPR is too restrictive and in my opinion, most likely unenforceable.

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Specialty Post Kinds

Manually adding a new post kind to the Post Kinds Plugin for WordPress by Chris AldrichChris Aldrich (Chris Aldrich | BoffoSocko)

Naturally, some people may want to display particular exotic kinds which might not extend to the broader public. A chicken post type certainly falls under this umbrella as I wouldn’t expect that other than for novelty, obsessive IndieWeb post kinds completeness, or for a very small handful of specialized farming, juggling, or comedy websites that anyone else in their right mind would really want to be doing a lot of posting about chickens on their site.

David Shanske, the plugin’s creator, has made it possible to create a sub-plugin of sorts so that one can add one-off support to these types using a variety of filters and functions. This could be useful so that updates to the plugin don’t overwrite one’s work and require adding the pieces outlined above back in again. Sadly, this is a tad beyond my present abilities, so I won’t address it further at the moment other than to say that it’s possible and perhaps someone might document it for others to use a similar template in the future.

Chris, when I have some free time, I think I’ll add a beer kind to use with my Untappd activity.

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IndieWeb Update

Reads, Listens, Watches, and Editable Webmention Types and Avatars in the IndieWeb WordPress Suite by Chris AldrichChris Aldrich (Chris Aldrich | BoffoSocko)

Recently David Shanske and I started a podcast, and he thought it would be useful if his site could accept listen to posts and show them visually within his comments section just like these replies, bookmarks, and mentions. Thus over the past month, he’s added code to the Semantic Linkbacks Plugin to add the functionality for these types of posts to properly render showing facepiles for listens, reads, and watches.

Besides website security, making sure I get the latest features of the IndieWeb WordPress Suite is why I have my WordPress plugins set to auto-update. I am using the entire IndieWeb WordPress Suite. I love the new features!

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