A 1GHz 1GB compute unit can probably handle 1000 people, with IRC level chatting and light browsing a text protocol like Gemini.
If each "town" has a maximum population before it becomes a grind and people want to move out there's a natural feedback mechanism.
Am elected local council can take care of some (sysadmin) things and vote on new services and boundary (firewall rules).
If people identify with an online location, instead of an amorphous brand maybe they'll take pride in the upkeep and so on.
It's an interesting metaphor/model, and the Tilde project certainly seems to have proved it can work. I wonder what wisdom the inhabitants could give to other federated social projects?
Been a long wait.
It's a hand-written, kind of ugly test bed for random things. I have a random startup generator. It's stupid.
I love this community.
> are you a town resident that lost their ssh key? try this: using the email address with which you registered, send an email to [email protected] put "new public key" in the subject. include the new public key in the body of the email
Hopefully they will at least reply to confirm the person can actually read the email instead of just replacing pubkeys from any forged from-address.
But, how does one go about securing a "tilde town".
That is, when you're letting random strangers have access to your machine with a fully operating shell, all of the Unix tool suite, and even programming languages, what's the threat level like?
Most security today is keeping people off the server in the first place, but here we're holding the door open for them.
Back in the day, I had a Netcom dial up shell account. So, I assume there's some way to secure a system where folks log in to a random machine and have their home directory NFS mounted. In the old days, there was NIS, but that's right out from what I can read. Replaced with LDAP I reckon.
Anyway, I appreciate that many of these communities are "Friendly", with several "don't do that" clauses in their guidelines, but that doesn't mean there's not room for stuff to be better secured.
Any write ups on this?
Thirty years old this year, my goodness. Wild that an online space I was using 'talk' on when Hackers was in theaters is still around and kicking.
Be careful though with stuff like port forwarding on a shared computer because forwarded ports are accessible to all users on the same machine.
The aesthetic is late 90s, but the attitude towards censorship is squarely late 2010s. Neocities is better; much less pozzed.