I think the case used to be that when I made a blog post on my write.as account, it got federated to ActivityPub as an excerpt with a link to the full blog post. However, as it is now, the whole post gets federated which looks weird when reading from Mastodon - suddenly you get this massive blob of text in your feed. Is there any way to control this behavior, am I hallucinating that it used to work differently in the past, and am I the only one who wishes this behaved differently?
I’ve tried adding a “read more” break in the post, but this doesn’t seem to make a difference. With that, I get the head of the post shown on the blog itself, but the federated version is the complete post.
Can you share the post where you’re seeing this so I can look into it?
The only behavior that’s changed in recent months is that if you don’t have any double linebreaks in your post, e.g. you’re publishing a single paragraph, then the entire post will show up in Mastodon. Otherwise (unless they’ve changed something on their end), you should just see the title and a link to the post.
I don’t think so… The post looks fine from here. And when you look at the source text (incidents-and-postmortems.txt) there are definitely double linebreaks.
Also when I look up the post from my Mastodon instance (writing.exchange, running v4.1.0), it looks correct:
Is your Mastodon instance running a fork / different version, like Hometown? There is some fediverse software and Mastodon forks that will display full articles, instead of these shorter previews. Again it’s entirely up to the receiving server.
I see, I had no idea that the instance might cause differences in this way! I am indeed running Hometown, so I bet that’s why I’m seeing the whole post. Apologies for creating all this work for you guys!