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While we are building the software, there are some options to use the fediverse to find jobs or employees.

We can spend some time to set this up.

Would you be interested and if so, which ones?

Things we missed?

@silmathoron Neat!

It is giving a Rails 500 error.

Do you know if it is Open Source software that we could contribute to?

We've done some research and proof of concept with Meilisearch and ScraPy which crawls the public, indexable fediverse and indexes it in a blazing fast, Open Source search platform. But helping existing software is always better, IMO!

@flockingbird I never really dug into it and unfortunately they don't link anything obvious but you can contact them: fedisearch.com/about?locale=en

@flockingbird @silmathoron Yeah it makes existing tools better rather than keep making new tools from scratch.

@zleap @silmathoron

Unfortunately, @fedisearch is not Open Source. Author explains why, here: qoto.org/@fedisearch/104536265

This means I won't be contributing.

First, because there is no means to contribute to a closed-source project. Second, because I don't want to divert time and effort into a proprietary project

And thirdly, a "job candidate search" needs special settings & additions to cover the specific use-case.

And to achieve that, open source and -licence is a requirement.

@flockingbird @zleap @fedisearch arf, that's too bad... well, I guess all that's left is building it from scratch then...
Well at least you can have a look at Sepia, the search engine for PeerTube.
Though it is specific, it might give you some ideas:
sepiasearch.org/
(this one is open-source)

@silmathoron Thanks for the pointer!

Source code has interesting concepts and is certainly useful.

Unfortunately, what you say, appears true: it is very specific to Peertube. It ties to the peertube APIs tightly.

I guess crawling the HTML interface, besides being more "implementation agnostic", makes privacy concerns much simpler: any data found is public by nature. Using an API has the downside that it might expose data that people did not think would be indexed and searchable.

@zleap @silmathoron @fedisearch Probably not.

SearchX is a metasearch engine. Which means, is does not have its own crawler, but is a "proxy" to existing engines. But if you happen to know if of engines it uses[1] has a good index of fediverse profiles, it could work.

We've made some headway with ScraPy which then imports into Meilisearch. It appears that making a fediverse crawler and search doable in little time (weeks, or days). Open Source, off course.

[1] searx.github.io/searx/admin/en

That is a hard one to be honest. I do not work anymore

@hanswolters Interesting. Thanks for sharing! Makes me wonder how people who don't work (pension etc) use LinkedIn. If at all.

Maybe to find people to hire? To hire help, or contractors?

I had a wide range of contacts there, most of them living far away, and it were, besides a few of them, just business contacts

@flockingbird
Will members be able to set the tag "forhire" to be invisible to people from the same organization?

@nurinoas To be clear: We propose a search-engine/index that works entirely on the existing mastodon, pleroma, pixelfed etc. It would only index public information! So, no: "hiding from same organisation" is not possible: anyone can use the search anonymously.

Also, to be clear: this is not part of Flockingbird, the software. Just a service for the community to use while we are building this software.

@flockingbird I would say all of the above (if possible) to maximize results.

There probably needs to be an awareness campaign to incentivize and educate people to use those tags though. Not sure what kind of consistency in adoption you would get otherwise.

Maybe building out an instance admin outreach list (to get them to promote the tag in their communities) would be helpful.

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