So I’ve known about this repo and I see you’ve dropped a couple links to doc.bmndr.com pages here and there, well I just found ExPost at the root URL by accident, and I’m intrigued…
Dogfoodaliciousness: This page is rendered live from [redacted].
What’s this do?
ExPost replaces the built in WordPress editor with an Etherpad. This is really useful if you want to collaborate with someone on posts for your blog, … You can work on the post from wp-admin if you like (we embed the pad), or from the Etherpad directly, but only a user with permission to publish on your blog can make the content go live.
Is any of this stuff OSS? I went looking for ExPost after I read a little bit, and Google already knows “expost etherpad” as doc.bmndr.com with the 4th result (probably higher after this post), but I can’t find any indication that there’s any way for me to deploy this magic for myself.
So, what else? Well, we also run the content from the Etherpad through a markdown library and implement a super sweet LaTeX-style numbering scheme that makes it easy to do named references back to items in a numbered list, and not worry about the order or number of the reference changing. Particularly handy for writing FAQs and Footnotes.
Seriously this is beginning to sound like “the sleeper.” You could bottle this up and sell it, we’ll buy!
I mean, I’m not in a purchasing role or anything, but this is exactly what we need. If we don’t buy it, that would be our loss. My preference is that it be OSS, I don’t know which one makes it more likely that my people get to use it, but… am I blowing this way out of proportion here?
Anyway, I suspect this is a bit larger than a WordPress plugin or Etherpad plugin, but the nearest thing I find is something called an “Export” plugin. That’s almost ExPost. So, how is this wizardry deployed in practice? Ansible playbook? Helm chart? (And would it be presumptive of me to ask if you would be willing to share, or is it a proprietary special sauce?)