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A general introduction to Tildes
Lots of new folks seem to be coming in these past days, so I wanted to make a post that compiles some useful things to know, commonly asked questions, and a general idea of tildes history (short though it may be). Please keep in mind that Tildes is still in Alpha, and many features that are usually present such as repost detection haven’t been implemented yet.
First of all, check out the Settings if you haven’t yet. It’s located in your user profile, on the right sidebar. There are different themes available. I recommend setting up account recovery in case you forget your password, and comment highlighting to highlight new comments in a thread.
You can post a topic by navigating to a group and clicking on the button in the right sidebar. Tildes uses markdown, if you are not familiar with it check the text formatting doc page. Please tag your post so it is easier for other people to find, and check out the tagging guidelines. Some posts have a topic log in the sidebar that shows what changes were done to the post since it was posted. You can see an example https://tildes.net/~talk/501/. Like much rather ephemeral pieces of information, this Topic Log is deleted after thirty days.
You can find all posts with the same tag by clicking on a tag on a post, which will take you to an url like
https://tildes.net/?tag=ask, where ask is the tag you clicked on. Replace ask with whatever tag you want to search for. You can also filter tags within a group like this:
https://tildes.net/~tildes?tag=discussion, and it will only show you posts within that group. Clicking on a tag while you are in a group achieves the same effect.
You can also filter out posts with specific tags by going to your settings and defining topic tag filters.
The current default sorting is activity, last 3 days. Activity sort bumps a post up whenever someone replies to it. ‘Last 3 days’ mean that only posts posted in the past 3 days will be shown. You can change your default sort by choosing a different sort method and/or time period, and clicking the ‘set as default’ button that will appear on the right.
The wiki has a list of user created extensions and CSS themes here.
In particular, I found the browser extension Tildes Extended by @crius and @Bauke very useful. It has nifty features like jumping to new comments, markdown preview and user tagging.
Tildes is open source and if you want to contribute to Tildes development, this is what you should read: https://gitlab.com/tildes/tildes/blob/master/CONTRIBUTING.md
For those who can’t code, you might still be interested in the issue boards on Gitlab. It contains known issues, features being worked on, and plans for the future. If you have a feature in mind that you want to suggest, try looking there first to see if others have thought of it already, or are working on it.
Tildes’ Design and Mechanics
In other words, how is it going to be different from reddit? Below are some summaries of future mechanics and inspiration for tildes’ design. Note: most of the mechanics have not been implemented and are subject to change and debate.
- Tildes will not have conventional moderators. Instead, the moderation duties will be spread to thousands of users by the trust system. More info on how it works and why it is designed that way:
- Instead of subreddits, there are groups, a homage to Usenet. Groups will be organized hierarchically, the first and only subgroup right now is ~tildes.official. Groups will never be created by a single user, instead, they will be created based on group interest. For example, if a major portion of ~games consists of DnD posts and they are drowning out all the other topics, a ~games.dnd subgroup would be created -either by petition, algorithm, or both - to contain the posts, and those who don’t like DnD can unsubscribe from ~games.dnd.
- Tildes is very privacy oriented. See:
Tildes History/Commonly answered questions
I recommend you check out the FAQ and this past introduction post by @Amarok before anything else, it’s a bit outdated but contains many interesting discussions and notable events that have happened on Tildes. @Bauke also tracks noteworthy events each month on his website https://til.bauke.xyz/. Also see https://docs.tildes.net/faq in the docs. Other than that, the best way for you to get an idea of how tildes changed over time is to go to ~tildes.official and look at all the past daily discussions.
Below are some scattered links that I found interesting, informative, or important:
- There are 2 announced bans, you can read about them here, and here.
- The first group proposal, and the resulting group additions.
- You used to be able to see who invited a user on their profile, but now you can’t.
- Past introduction posts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
- The very first post on tildes.
- The first page of ~tildes.official, if you want to start reading from the beginning (there really should be a chronological sorting option)
- What should the names of Tildes users be?
- There used to be comment tags, but they were removed because of abuse.
- Some tradition that has started to develop:
- How do we fund tildes?
- How to handle account deletion
- Anonymous posting
- Demographics survey
- How should we deal with low effort content?
- Why is the comment box at the bottom?