On tilde.town

Hi and welcome to the The Whole Net Digest blog, where we shine a light on places most people have never heard of. Today I’d like to talk about tilde.town, one of the last remaining tildes apparently. I haven’t verified that info for a fact, but rest assured, in an upcoming blog post I will. Anyways, lets get started on what community does, who it’s for and how to become a part of it.


Compared to the modern web, tilde.town’s message that you’re greeted with when you enter the home site is quite surprising. It’s not up to par with any sort of modern website, in fact, it seems to revel in it’s pre-modern sensibilities. Is that a good thing? In my opinion, yes it’s a good thing, it reminds us of an era when the web was a sort of Wild West No Man’s Land, a haphazard strung together antique. In the past, the web wasn’t as corporate controlled, it was more like going to a bazaar or something or other like that. Now we’re shuttered in and controlled in Walled Gardens by the likes of Facebook, Instagram, Reddit and so on and so forth. The freedom that was the web has disappeared into thin air like a magic trick. Yes, that’s the spirit that tilde.town shows, it’s like that magician is coming back and performing again, and people are seeing that it’s good to like magic again, that it’s ok to laugh at the tricks and revel in the mood of it all.


Now you’re probably saying, who could this possibly be for? Can anyone understand this kind of thing in the modern era? Well, it’s not so hard to understand once you get to know the people there. However, getting there is really easy! Just follow the simple instructions and you’ll be well on your way to understanding what makes this community so different, yet so enjoyable. Certainly, you can’t just give a name and a password, but anything worth the effort is worth it’s weight in gold. Now before you hit that “sign me up,” apparently you have to read their Code of Conduct. I’d like to talk a little more about this. The Code of Conduct is something many communities are missing. They’ve become cesspools where any troll can spit vile words with no punishment. In order for a community to thrive, people need to respect it and each other. That’s what this Code of Conduct does, it puts
responsibility on you and your words, and we need more of that. It shouldn’t be draconian and overbearing, but a way to understand each other.


You’re now thinking probably that this community is filled to the brim with weirdos and other types. It’s not. In the community, all I’ve found are people willing to engage and talk, over and over again, about almost any issue without being crass, rude or otherwise. Many members of the community will commonly chime in if you have problem and help you to get over it. Lots of members are the techy types, but even if you’re not one, they’ll accept you all the same it seems. The administrator has told that he hasn’t had to kick out many problem members. I plan to interview him in a later blog post.


Now that we’ve covered some of the site, in part 2 I’ll cover more as I learn more about it. Please look forward to it!

3 thoughts on “On tilde.town”

  1. long live the non-stupid internetworkings! i love the idea for this log and this is a great first entry. i’m a resident at the tildetown myself though i mostly just read and have only written a few things with the “feels” software.

    tilde.town is unique in that you don’t need to know anything about unix etc in order to have an easy time jumping in and writing a log. how nice to see access to non-commercial things for people who aren’t “power users” – a lot of those people have just as many interesting things to say as people who know how to set up their own tilde pubnix. it’s a pleasure to read from them!

  2. Very good so far, I have to agree with you about tilde.town. Recently I lost my SSH keys, and the admin was kind and more than willing to update my key so I could log back in.

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