Fixed some bugs in the shared items system and have added an instance-wide shares timeline. This allows you to view and receive notifications for the latest things being shared on your instance.
Shared items is a Freecycle-style moneyless sharing system intended for the users of an instance. There is limited visibility of available shares other than to logged in users of the instance, so this follows the usual semi-opaque model. Outsiders will be able to get some idea of the kinds of things being shared, but not full access to the list, nor the ability to do arbitrary searches.
A button allows you to send a DM to the person sharing an item to make inquiries about it. Selecting the image shows you the full sized photo of the item.
Unlike a money based system of exchange there is no attempt to hide the social relationships which are involved behind a currency abstraction.
This functionality was inspired by the earlier Sharings plugin for GNU Social, made by a group called Las Indias.
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