Tired of the endless grind for internet fame?
Do the words "get off my lawn" fill you with joy?
Don't you wish you could smush your fictional dolls together without the judgment of onlookers?
Welcome to https://bobaboard.com: the semi-anonymous social for the problematic fan!
Also, fediverse folks: I'd love to hear/read more about your experience in decentralized spaces. Now that community building is going to become more of a priority, and given that, as you can read in the update, I'd love to build this starting from smaller, separate ones (though with no federation yet), it's more important than ever for me to listen and learn! If you want to chat, please do feel free to reach out.
Hello everyone! Here with a platform update: A tiny pre-alpha version of BobaBoard was launched on 6/9, and the third newsletter, detailing the precious baby’s first encounter with a small test group of stranger. has been sent out! You can also read the update here: https://www.bobaboard.com/blog/development-logs-3/
(Someone called it “the funniest thing I’ve read all week”. Not making promises, but I believe it’s worth a click-through!)
I've recently given a presentation on how to maintain healthy online communities. I mention federation and mastodon in it (cause of course one must do so). Would love to hear what you people here think: https://www.bobaboard.com/healthy-communities
Of course this take on anonymity is really hard to fit in with federation, and I haven't studied the protocol enough to even begin designing around it. Still, I fully expect to enable non-anonymous communities at some point. Once I'm there, things will get easier!
Also, if you haven't heard, I open sourced the text editor I created for BB: https://github.com/essential-randomness/boba-editor/. More open source code will come soon!
This is all production code, no hard-coding of specific effects. You can login, make threads, answer….
It’s still full of bugs (I have 3 post-its worth of fixes I’m working on) and has minimal functionality but… The early-super-closed-alpha-testers on 6/9 will live with it.
Unfortunately, it's still not the right time to enable federation, but rest assured that's still the direction I intend to go on in the longer term.
Also, here's an example of a two-users thread. As you can see, I can see my identity but not the other person’s. If me and that person were friends, we’d be able to recognize each other across the website!
Looking forward to sharing more and more exciting things! In the meanwhile, please enjoy and let me know what you think!
(And if you have a tiny mobile screen... I'll have an update later this week just for you ✌️✌️✌️)
Development is proceeding steadily, and I'm hammering down a lot of the details. Just remember: while I have a vision I'm building towards, this project is not just about me. If you have ideas, opinions, or even just bugs to report, please share them here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdSTvPBlGek8SB0H7MaKU02gixrjyNed1Gp3nJw3oK594q7Bg/viewform
This is NOT the finished product. There are some known bugs (sorry folks with very tiny mobile screens), and lots of things left to decide.
How are updates to threads going to look? Why are posts missing notes and tags? Can we have a larger text post format for fics? etc.
[Monday (but actually Tuesday) update!]
It's been a while! I might be more active on Twitter (https://twitter.com/BobaBoard) but I haven't forgotten the fediverse folks.
I've spent the past week working hard on a dummy board prototype for your interactive pleasure.
You can see the result of my hard work here (light gore CW): https://bobaboard-ui.netlify.app/iframe.html?id=layout-preview--attempt-1
It is with Great..... "Pride".... that I announce BobaBoard's 4/20 event: the "Dress Your Fave as The Onceler" Donation Drive.
See rules: https://bobaboard.com/onceler-drive
In their unrelenting quest to brighten such a hard April 1st, our engineers (me) have been working hard to bring you a new, revolutionary feature: image filters.
Hello! Here I am with the customary Monday update, posted on Tuesday on Twitter and then here on... Friday.
I've created a demo of the posting interface. It's very similar to the Tumblr one, and (as you will see) made to be part of a more threaded environment than modern socials.
A lot of bells and whistles are missing, and I hope to get to implement more and more post types as soon as possible. In the meanwhile, feel free to play with it and leave feedback at https://test.boba.social/!
(NOTE/DISCLAIMER/WHATEVER: there's no server or backend yet. You can write a whole thread, but it's not going to be saved anywhere or be seen by anyone. It's only the implementation of the writing functionality.)
((Honestly, I decided to start with the hard part. Implementing text editing is hell. I've committed serious crimes against web standards here.))
Of course, you'll notice there's no tags. Fret not, I just haven't implemented them yet!
While they're fairly high up my list, I'm working to just fix as many bugs as I (reasonably) can on this bare-bones implementation so I can have you play with it ASAP. When? Well...
...as soon as I'm done with all the orange and yellow TO-DOs. Which, I hope, will be in time for the next it's-1-am-but-this-still-counts Monday Update.
See You Then!
Next up, comments!
"...but why two types of answers?", you wonder.
Well, because sometimes you need to type a 1k fill and sometimes you just need to ask "so, how much water should these sports be played in exactly?"
I've been working on the UI implementation of threads.
Currently the only type of posts are "text posts", which are roughly based on Tumblr's OG ones.
(Because you don't have to hire a UX designer if you just c-- I mean, because why change what's already perfect?)
(Even if it's past midnight, it counts 'cause I haven't slept yet.)
((Also you should click that, it's a preview of what I've been working on.))
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