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multichan, or multiple channels[1], is a novel decentralized platform for conversations. Unlike other social media platforms, a) registration is not necessary to participate in conversation; b) the conversations are not "owned" or controlled by any single entity; c) manipulative algorithms and annoying advertisements are not included in the software.

People wishing to participate in the greater community can connect to any website running our software that is choosing to participate in our decentralization features. Simply put, our conversations are shared between any computers that want to help keep the discussion going. Connecting to one website will let you see conversations from other websites, and posting your messages to one website triggers a domino effect that pushes your messages to other websites.

This decentralization might sound like an unusual concept to base a chat software around, but the author of the software thinks that it's worth investigating because it eliminates many of the problems associated with running group chats in an elegant way. Anyone with a desktop computer is able to grow the network, making censorship more difficult.

Decentralizing a network also reduces the overall cost of maintaining the platform. If you choose to help run the network with us, you likely won't even see your electric bill increase; you can also manage the content on your server entirely as you like. Be warned, however, that unpopular moderation decisions might drive users away from your server, or influence other server operators to ignore output from your server, limiting the outreach of content your users provide.

Read the Multichan document for more information.

Formatting and Easter eggs

[1] - The name is a reference to "second channel" (2ch), a popular discussion website that has some features that resemble those in multich.