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Welcome to ~Camp! A place where everyone is welcome to participate, free from the baggage of their individual identity.

FYI we use the terms tilde.camp and ~camp interchangeably. Since the ~ is called the tilde.

This is a place where you can easily take off your "yournamehere" hat and put on your "anon" hat! Even moreso if you use tools like the Tor Browser! ...or Tor Browser with a VPN, or Tails OS, or wear a disguise and go to a public computer at a place you have rarely or never been before... ;}

What makes ~camp fun is exploring a world that all of us help design. A camp created BY the PEOPLE and FOR the PEOPLE! So take a look around, see what you find, and feel free to contribute to it!

Table of Contents
Openbook
~wiki
~chat

There are many different parts to ~camp, and there may be more at any time.

To take a look around the camp, in all it's ASCII glory, you can find the camp map here: http://tilde.camp/map.html

Openbook

Main Article: Openbook

This is the "faceless facebook" known as Openbook, found at http://tilde.camp/openbook

On Openbook, everyone can be an "open book" because they can speak anonymously.

Openbook is listed on the camp map as the "stage" because it is a place where anyone can easily put on a show, announce an operation, or just share their piece, in a public place for everyone in camp to see.

Openbook does not use any complex algorithms to reorganize the newsfeed, unlike most social media platforms. Every post appears at the very top of the newsfeed as soon as it is posted, and can get bumped to the top again any time anyone decides to "share" it.

Openbook does not have usernames or accounts, either, so that the social constructs of the ego are practically absent from Openbook, and the posts are meant to inform and entertain each other without seeking fame or fortune for the person who posted it. This aligns the values of Openbook and tilde.camp with the values exalted by the Hacker's Manifesto.

Openbook also allows us to collectively organize information in a more meaningful way than we could on a more mainstream social media platform, if only because there's fewer people on it. But also because the type of people Openbook attracts will care more about the message than the messenger, and more about truth than fame. This means we're helping build a collective base of knowledge, and culture, where it is easy to find what you're looking for, and easy to inspire and encourage each other to take constructive actions to make the world a better place.

~wiki

Main Article: ~wiki

This is the wiki you're using right now!

The ~wiki is somewhat of an ideal wiki, because it is made to be easily edited by anyone and everyone. You do not need an account, or a password, you can just edit the content directly at the bottom of any wiki page and click "Save Changes". The idea is that the wiki is so easy to edit, it encourages everyone's participation!

It is also ideal in that it stores the history of every edit, so that even if an article is defaced, the information is never completely lost to those who are curious enough to crawl back through the previous versions of the article.

The idealism of the Internet, in it's early days, was the idea that the Internet could be a place where everyone contributed to collect information, share ideas, and together we could figure out how to make the world a better place for everyone. This was before profit-motivated institutions started actively working against the freedoms that the Internet provided the common people with, and the philosophy that such freedoms introduced. However, even so, this idealism of the Internet continues to pay off, as Wikipedia continues to be one of the greatest sources of accurate information, and whistle blowers continue to manage to leak information without exposing their identities.

There are, however, many benefits to having a wiki like this one which isn't too mainstream. For example, John Stewart of the Daily Show once tried to make fun of the openness of Wikipedia by showing how he could change an article to say that a certain animal was extinct, even though it wasn't. In doing so, he led the toxic culture of mainstream TV followers to invade the idealistic environment of Wikipedia, causing that article to be relentlessly edited to contain false information, even as the more idealistic people of Wikipedia, faithful to the mission of a collectively managed encyclopedia, worked tirelessly to try and change it back. Eventually the article had to be "locked", to prevent the onslaught of defacement. Of course, John Stewart could have inspired his audience to edit Wikipedia with accurate information, and there could have been just as many people joining the ranks of the idealistic army of Wikipedia editors that continue to maintain accuracy of information on so many Wikipedia articles, but instead he chose to insult and discredit the platform which wreaked havoc on Wikipedia article in the classic fashion of any self-fulfilling prophecy.

So, any time a little wiki like ~wiki pops up, it's like a fresh start. And it allows us to build a culture all our own, away from the mainstream hysteria.

In many cases this idealism of the Internet has eventually proved too idealistic, and many websites which did not require membership eventually caved to a more closed system and a more closely monitored and censored environment, as in the case of a "locked" Wikipedia article. However, tilde.camp isn't very well known yet, and if we are careful to invite people who understand the beauty of the openness of tilde.camp, it could last a long time before it's inevitable decline. We cannot stop entropy, but we can create new and beautiful things, and try to maintain that beauty as long as possible. And if we consider it our responsibility to not only maintain the wiki, but maintain the faith we have in it, that it can be maintained, and that such an open platform is not inherently flawed, then our own self-fulfilling prophesy might shield us from such entropy for a very long time before someone like John Stewart decides to ruin it for a joke.

~chat

Main Article: ~chat

This is a very simple live chat.

It's hosted here: http://tilde.camp/chat

Anyone can come here, and say anything, and anyone else who is on the page at the same time will see what they said. It's that simple!

Once again, as is the culture of ~camp, there are no individual identities, and every message is labeled anon. This can be very confusing, at first, for holding an ongoing conversation, but it is an interesting exercise in focusing on what's being said instead of who is saying it.

One way to use this live chat is to transfer links to each other. One person opens their Tor Browser, the other person opens theirs, they both navigate to http://tilde.camp/chat and the link is posted. Remember: This chat is not private, and it is not shielded from prying eyes in any way, but when used in combination with tools like the Tor Browser it can be completely anonymous. So the things you say, and the links you send, could be seen by anyone, but no one (not even the NSA if you're using tools like Tor and a VPN) will know who sent it.

Another way the ~chat can be used is to have online gatherings where people discuss certain sensitive topics. Once again, the conversation will be public, but the knowledge of who is saying what will be obscured. This is akin to classic IRC chats that Anonymous uses to organize protests and hacking events. However, please do not use it to plan anything illegal, because then the dark forces will jack this website from the person who started it using their stupid FISA secret court orders. If you want to get into some real gray areas, just agree on an IRC channel that you can log into over Tor using Tails OS and take the conversation off of this website, pleaaaase. :)


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