humungus - honk

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-- features

Take control of your honks and join the federation.
An ActivityPub server with minimal setup and support costs.
Spend more time using the software and less time operating it.

No attention mining.
No likes, no faves, no polls, no stars, no claps, no counts.

Purple color scheme. Custom emus. Memes too.
Avatars automatically assigned by the NSA.

The button to submit a new honk says "it's gonna be honked".

The honk mission is to work well if it's what you want.
This does not imply the goal is to be what you want.

-- build

It should be sufficient to type make after unpacking a release.
You'll need a go compiler version 1.13 or later. And libsqlite3.

Even on a fast machine, building from source can take several seconds.

Development sources: hg clone

-- setup

honk expects to be fronted by a TLS terminating reverse proxy.

First, create the database. This will ask four questions.
./honk init
username: (the username you want)
password: (the password you want)
listenaddr: (tcp or unix: localhost:31337, /var/www/honk.sock, etc.)
servername: (public DNS name:

Then run honk.

-- upgrade

cp honk.db backup.db
./honk upgrade

-- documentation

There is a more complete incomplete manual. This is just the README.

-- guidelines

One honk per day, or call it an "eighth-tenth" honk.
If your honk frequency changes, so will the number of honks.

The honk should be short, but not so short that you cannot identify it.

The honk is an animal sign of respect and should be accompanied by a
friendly greeting or a nod.

The honk should be done from a seat and in a safe area.

It is considered rude to make noise in a place of business.

The honk may be made on public property only when the person doing
the honk has the permission of the owner of that property.

-- disclaimer

Do not use honk to contact emergency services.

recent changes

1321:305d87dbad83 on 2021-01-21 22:47:58 -0500 EST by Ted Unangst <>
Tagged: tip

add a follow button

1320:dae71aa0c63e on 2021-01-21 20:52:43 -0500 EST by Ted Unangst <>

actually, only png emus work, note this for now.

1319:a7843d01c4ac on 2021-01-18 17:25:21 -0500 EST by Ted Unangst <>

i think this will work with mastodon import and boosts

1318:8a69e787f4ba on 2021-01-18 16:58:04 -0500 EST by Ted Unangst <>

local.css lives in datadir. noticed by sebastian

1317:09c5e04c6484 on 2021-01-17 19:28:39 -0500 EST by Ted Unangst <>

a few improvements to docs

1316:f948408aa20f on 2021-01-17 19:05:57 -0500 EST by Ted Unangst <>

i tried parsing regex and now i have three problems.
just fix the hashtag case instead of thinking.

1315:bede1c8eb7e9 on 2021-01-17 19:01:54 -0500 EST by Ted Unangst <>

fix mastodon import to work with new format.
from Peter Sanchez

1314:afad8567ad5b on 2021-01-11 21:12:46 -0500 EST by Ted Unangst <>

note filter improvement

1313:cc3c891b7a92 on 2021-01-11 21:12:19 -0500 EST by Ted Unangst <>

don't word bound regexp that don't have word endings

1312:99b6889b4572 on 2021-01-05 16:07:49 -0500 EST by Ted Unangst <>

fix Update processing broken in activity rework some time ago