Hermies the hermit crab

a decent(ralised) secure gossip platform

sea-slang for gossip - a scuttlebutt is basically a watercooler on a ship

How To Get Started

screenshot of Patchwork

The easiest way to get started is using Patchwork, an application for navigating and talking on scuttlebutt.

  1. Download Patchwork for Windows, macOS and Linux
  2. Get a pub invite code
  3. Use the pub invite : in Patchwork click + Join Pub and paste the invite code

Step 2 is important if you want to be able to find people further than your local network - it sets you up with a robot friend on the internet which helps you find and communicate with people. Read more about Pubs and their role here.

Join The Community

Once onboard patchwork, check out the following channels by typing their name (with #) in the search bar:

  • #new-people: introduce yourself
  • #faq: first impressions, what is confusing as a new user?
  • #patchwork: report bugs, suggestions, etc
  • #scuttlebutt: protocol related discussion

Here are some other favourites:

  • #boats: people living on, hacking, and building boats
  • #cooking-channel: nerds sharing recipes
  • #solarpunk: step into the future
  • #gardening: get some gardening on with your off-grid
  • #anarchitecture: decentralise all the things

Code of conduct

Please note that this project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By participating in this project you agree to abide by its terms.

Have Other Questions?

A great place to learn more is our FAQ page

In addition, you'll find a wealth of resources within this handbook, accessible through the sidebar.

The resources are organized by these topics:

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