Hoot is a Decentralized Forum that is run YOUR way

It’s not run how some tech conglomerate thinks it should be run.

Hoot is a Decentralized Forum tha tis run YOUR way

The interweb has a problem: Content is being manipulated. The field of allowable discussion is shrinking. What is true and what is false is being determined by marketing managers. A community can easily be de-platformed out of nowhere by people who don’t have the slightest idea what the community is even about. That’s their right, they say, because they own the hardware. Project Hoot allows you to own the hardware for your own decentralized forum, so you can run it how you want. Whether you want it to have no rules at all, or a strictly moderated and curated community with a great signal to noise ratio, it’s up to you how much moderation to apply, not up to some company executives. It does all this while enabling your server to communicate with other servers, forming a globe-spanning web of discussion on any topic you can dream of. Though it is decentralized, it isn’t up to weird Blockchain protocols on how your community is run, either. It’s up to you. You can run your federated community on any server you want, whether in the cloud or in your closet, make the communities about anything you want, from cholesterol to canoeing, and allow whoever you want to post on it, whether their account is on your server or you choose to interact with remote servers.

Being federated, you can post content on a community hosted on entirely separate servers from your server. You don’t need an account on remote servers to read and interact with the forum posts there, just like how you don’t need a Yahoo account to e-mail a friend @yahoo.com. To do this, Hoot was built to use ActivityPub, the same technology that powers Mastodon and Pleroma, to bring the best of the web to users, and the best communities to posters. Such is the power of federation, decentralization, and a free and open internet accessible by a wider variety of people.

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