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How to create new verbs or object-types

The process for creating a new verb (or object-type) for activity streams is modeled largely after the microformats process. 

  1. Ask why: develop or extract a real-world use case. solve the simplest problems first, and avoid compounding multiple problems. Ask folks on this list whether the idea has been raised before or search around for previous work. Always attempt to invent as little as possible.
  2. Do your homework: Documenting existing behavior is the first step of the scientific method and it helps to ground our work to what's actually being done. Collect as many examples as you can find, ideally from more than one unique source. Read more: http://microformats.org/wiki/why-examples
  3. Propose: if no one is already working on the same problem, and you've documented more than one example in the wild, it's time to start work on your proposal. Keep it simple and to the point; don't try to overspecify or reach beyond what you encountered in the your research. Doing so may harm your ability to gain adoption. Make sure to create the appropriate page(s) on the wiki using templates (see below).
  4. Iterate: Socialize your work and get feedback. Improve your work. Get others to contribute and try things out. It's much better to take a bunch of different approaches to solving a problem then just one — so experiment!
  5. Interoperate: presuming you've asked why, done your homework, made a proposal and iterated, now comes the hard part (and is why you had to do all that other work!). ActivityStreams don't matter much if you're the only one supporting them, so interoperability is key! Though circumstances may dictate otherwise, we prefer to have at least two or more unaffiliated parties using a new verb or object-type before granting them "official" status. That way our lists stay focused, and based on what's actually in the marketplace — rather than what we'd like to see in the marketplace.

Add a new implementor

To list a new implementor, please do the following:

  1. Implementor page - Create a page named <implementor>-Activity-Streams that describes the implementation.  Some good things to include or link to are: Public announcement, documentation, example(s)
  2. List on Implementor-Scenarios - Please add the implementation (and link to the Implementor page) on the Implementation-Scenarios wiki page
  3. List on front page - Please also list the implementation (linking to the Implementor page) on the front page of this wiki

Create a new page 

Here are the steps for creating a new verb or object page:

Step 1: Name your page

 Step 2: Pick a template

Step 3: Put it the right folder

Comments (1)

Monica Wilkinson said

at 5:33 pm on Apr 1, 2010

Have you seen this http://www.ietf.org/tao.html#getting.things.done
i was looking at the changes to the wiki which are great btw
but reading the process page made me wonder if we should look at building a Working Group

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