Here is what I have done with my weekend: I have made the dumbest publishing platform on the web.
Check it out at txt.fyi
All you can do is post text. Bang it out, hit publish, and it’s live.
All you can do is scream into the void and know the form of your voice is out there forever—if you remember the URL, that is.
I’ve been working on something more complete (with accounts, edit/delete options and maybe even image uploads!) and will post it soon. But in the meantime, I thought it’d be fun to experiment with something as simple as possible.
This is, in fact, significantly dumber than even the dumbest contact form.
Without any social features whatsoever, harassment seems unlikely, but I’ll do my best to make sure this isn’t used as a tool by the abusive. If it dies fast it’ll probably be because of that. Spam’s another matter. Even if it’s never seen (search engines are instructed not to index posts), a zero-friction submission form is surely catnip to the bots.
Use “Dumbdown” to format posts: #header, **bold**, *italic*, `code`, >quote, and hyperlinks in the format [link](http://example.com). Real Markdown support will be forthcoming if the demand presents itself.
Be sure to email and tell me how to make it better! I’m tellin’ BBS first because I know you’ll be gentle with it before the rest of the internet stamps it to death – if I’m lucky we might figure out how to make it live.
“No user accounts” and “no tracking/adtech” are sacrosanct.
One cool feature I thought would be nice might be “sharing to twitter shares with it an image of the text to be automatically embedded there,” but that also seems ludicrously baroque for a minimal thing like this.
Anyone with magic incantations against spam that don’t require third-party services?
Long live the independent web!