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Welcome to Tildes!

Welcome to the alpha version of Tildes! If you haven't read it yet, please start with the announcement post on the blog, since that explains a lot of my goals and general plans for the site: https://blog.tildes.net/announcing-tildes

Also check this page for some info about some of the basic mechanics in place: https://docs.tildes.net/mechanics

Beyond that, there are some other pages on the Docs site with a fair amount of information, and I'm working on gradually adding more to them.

Please don't spread this too much yet

I'd still like to keep it a bit quiet for the first little while, so I can make sure nothing explodes and pay more attention to the site instead of having to worry about who's talking about it and where. It's fine if you want to mention it to some people, but please ask them not to spread it around much as well. If you do tell people, it's probably best to send them to the announcement post as an intro.

It won't have to be this way for long - this upcoming week, I'm intending to start trying to get some more public attention.

Things that are missing, coming soon, etc.

There's still a ton missing, obviously. Some functions have been disabled deliberately for now as well, because I'd like to see how things work without them before we start jumping to too many conclusions about what we "need" and how to use the site. I hope to have regular discussions about a lot of these ideas so we can figure out exactly how best to implement some things.

Make sure to check on your userpage (by clicking your username in the top right corner or sidebar on mobile) - there are a few things in the side menu on there that are useful, like the light/dark theme toggle.

There's a post here with some specific things I'm working on in the very near future: https://tildes.net/~tildes/a/high_priority_things_to_fix_add

If you just want to experiment, please use ~test

I set up a group named ~test that's specifically for trying things out and making a mess. It's the only one that you're not auto-subscribed to when you register (so that your home page isn't spammed up with the stuff from there).

Please feel free to test things out in there, try to break things, whatever. I may periodically wipe it just to get rid of a lot of the garbage, so please don't post anything in there if you're not okay with it disappearing at any time.

How you can help

One of the best things you can do would be to just post things. Getting the initial activity going on the site will be one of the most important steps, so please just post things here (and comment on others' posts).

I'd also appreciate any feedback, posts about bugs you discover, etc. You can just post anything like that in the ~tildes group as well.

Inviting other people

If you have other people that you'd like to invite, I think we should be able to start doing that very soon. I haven't given anyone their own invite codes yet, but it's something that I can do. If there's people you really want to get in right away, please let me know and I can give you some codes or otherwise help get them in. Message me here on Tildes about it, email me at deimos@tildes.net, or send me a message through Discord/Slack/whatever and we can figure it out.

Please expect some turbulence

Please keep in mind that, for the most part, this has been a one-person endeavor so far. I'm the developer, sysadmin, designer, writer, lawyer, manager, chair of the non-profit board, etc. I'm not very good at a lot of these things.

There will definitely be some roughness for a while, whether it's awful design/UI choices, the site crashing and staying down for a while until I can get it back up, etc. Thanks in advance for your patience, it's all only going to get better from here.

I'm excited to finally be able to let people see what I've been working on. Thanks for being here at the start with me!

22 comments

  1. [2]
    Amarok
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    It's officially a party now! ;) After using the site for a bit... damn, it's minimalistic, and I missed that. Everything that actually matters is here, and everything else that doesn't has been...

    It's officially a party now! ;)

    After using the site for a bit... damn, it's minimalistic, and I missed that. Everything that actually matters is here, and everything else that doesn't has been stripped away. Feels like bedrock.

    15 votes
    1. Parliament
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      Thank you for inviting me here!

      Thank you for inviting me here!

      2 votes
  2. dylan
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    woop woop!

    woop woop!

    7 votes
  3. cahaseler
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    Looking forward to where this goes!

    Looking forward to where this goes!

    5 votes
  4. greenie
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    Excited to poke at this! Thanks for making the ~test group!

    Excited to poke at this! Thanks for making the ~test group!

    3 votes
  5. cfabbro
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    So it begins. Super excited and can't wait to see where this all goes. GL, @deimos!

    So it begins. Super excited and can't wait to see where this all goes. GL, @deimos!

    3 votes
  6. [2]
    Awoo
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    The comment names in this thread is almost like looking at reddit history. A lot of old well known names you don't notice around reddit much anymore. As the very first thread on the site it was...

    The comment names in this thread is almost like looking at reddit history. A lot of old well known names you don't notice around reddit much anymore.

    As the very first thread on the site it was too tempting not to leave a mark in such a piece of history. After scrolling through so many pages to get to it I am a little disappointed it was not "test" though.

    3 votes
  7. [2]
    nate
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    Nice to see some usernames I recognize here, and great work Deimos!

    Nice to see some usernames I recognize here, and great work Deimos!

    2 votes
    1. Karmanaut
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      It's weird to recognize everyone commenting. And some names I haven't seen in a long time, like Cfabbro.

      It's weird to recognize everyone commenting. And some names I haven't seen in a long time, like Cfabbro.

      4 votes
  8. sum
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    I love the Solarized inspired themes!

    I love the Solarized inspired themes!

    2 votes
  9. NeRd
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    I'm glad to be here, as I really hated the reddit redesign and money focussed decisions that came with it. I hope tildes takes off!

    I'm glad to be here, as I really hated the reddit redesign and money focussed decisions that came with it. I hope tildes takes off!

    2 votes
  10. haykam821
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    A lot has come since this first post. I was playing around with the new shortening system and apparently there's a 2 (this post) but not a 1, even though you said that's where post IDs started.

    A lot has come since this first post. I was playing around with the new shortening system and apparently there's a 2 (this post) but not a 1, even though you said that's where post IDs started.

    2 votes
  11. ani
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    Let's turn this thing on already!

    Let's turn this thing on already!

    1 vote
  12. hitchano
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    Im incredibly happy to take part and see where we end up in the future!

    Im incredibly happy to take part and see where we end up in the future!

    1 vote
  13. rkcr
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    FYI, default sorting by "activity" from "all time" by default is abusable. ;)

    FYI, default sorting by "activity" from "all time" by default is abusable. ;)

    1 vote
  14. [2]
    Alesawr
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    Is comment tagging not available right now?

    Is comment tagging not available right now?

    1 vote
    1. ruspaceni
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      It was only cosmetic before, and has been temp removed while it's further developed (and stop it from being abused before the trust system is implemented iirc).

      It was only cosmetic before, and has been temp removed while it's further developed (and stop it from being abused before the trust system is implemented iirc).

      5 votes
  15. PopeRigby
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    Hello from the future

    Hello from the future

    3 votes
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