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The Tildeverse is a loosely affiliated set of shell providers, who agree to operate on a shared IRC network[when?], and offer the common feature of SSH-only logins, internal email among users, and a web space prepended with the tilde character, per historic UNIX conventions. It defines itself as "a loose association of like-minded tilde communities."
The core features that all tildeverse members share is a common IRC network, email service to users on the same host, and web space. Members of the tildeverse also generally agree to a common Code of Conduct that all users agree to when using the shared resources.
The first tilde server, tilde.club, was such a success that the waitlist for new user became so long that one could not reasonably expect the admin to keep up with it. As such, other, alternative tildes sprung up. These included the now-defunct germantil.de, and servers that continue to run today, such as tilde.town. However, many of these so-called tilde servers were separated. Mail only worked internally, and chat rooms were separated. tilde.town and tilde.club tried to combine IRC networks and Usenet between the tildes, but these efforts largely fell flat.
Later on, other tilde servers, such as other founding members tilde.team and yourtilde.com, were made. Many started, and many stopped. Eventually, an IRC bridge was created between tilde.town, tilde.team, and yourtilde.org, becoming the IRC network "tilde.chat". The partnership between the servers would blossom into a full partnership, with all participating tildes contributing services, including the use of a common bulletin board system known as "BBJ", which was developed by tilde.town user desvox.
After this happened, as the number of more specialized tilde servers popped up, more of them joined into the tildeverse, adding themselves to the IRC network, either by hosting an IRC server, or setting the tildeverse chat network as the default for all users.
The earliest arrangement after the IRC network was to exchange email with each other, via domain whitelisting, since until this point, most tilde servers only allowed for email between internal users, while a minority offered internet email. Now, most tildeverse members offer full email services, in addition to the shared IRC network.
The tildeverse exists as a set of public servers running generally POSIX-compatible operating systems, colloquially known as tildes, many of which have an overall theme to them. These servers share a Code of Conduct, an IRC network, and set of console utilities. Additionally, members have access to a shared git hosting site, a shared pastebin service, a shared Continuous Integration platform, a shared link aggregator (based on the lobste.rs codebase), and other shared services.
- "Tildeverse.org", Tildeverse, retrieved July 12, 2019
- Ford, Paul (October 9, 2014). "I had a couple drinks and woke up with 1,000 nerds: The story of Tilde.Club". Medium (website). Archived from the original on April 5, 2019. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
- Smith, Nathan (July 15, 2016), "~todo: being a 17 month retrospective on tilde.town's past and future" (PDF), tilde.town zine (1), p. 4, "A part of the original tilde dream was an interconnected series of servers, all with micro-communities, that could communicate over media like IRC and Usenet. In the beginning, a Usenet connection was established between tilde.club and tilde.town. No other tildes were ever added and after the first many months of the tildes' existence, usenet [sic] had gone dark. Work was done towards bridging the IRC gaps between club and town, but that work went unfinished."
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