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Welcome to [[boris mann]]'s section of the agora!

We're experimenting with [[Connecting to the Agora]], and what some of the configurations and conventions are. The [[Anagora]] page has my notes and feature requests.


  • The Agora is a distributed knowledge graph and experimental social network.
    • As an Agora guest you can currently:
      • Navigate the Agora, which is composed of [[nodes]] which aggregate content from many users about the same topic or entity.
      • Make use of [[backlinks]] and [[pulled nodes]] to discover relevant content.
    • As an Agora user you can:
      • Have your content be surfaced to readers at relevant times (when they are visiting a [[node]] for which your content is considered relevant by the community).
      • Have relevant content be surfaced to you as you traverse your [[personal knowledge graph]].
      • Make use of [[agora actions]].
    • Anyone can run an Agora of their own if they so desire. This Agora is [[open source]].
  • The [[agora]] has a [[search engine]].
    • It tries to search all [[agoras]], and also the internet as it manifests an [[intent to cooperate]].
    • You can use [[open search]] to add it to your browser while you're visiting it.
    • You can have it as default search engine, like I sometimes do, or you can associate it with a prefix. I use 'a' and 'an'. Like in 'an entity'.
  • The [[agora]] is in the [[federation]]! Add it now: @agora@botsin.space.
  • To run an Agora, please refer to https://anagora.org/go/agora.
  • To [[sign up]] for the Agora, which means volunteering writing and media to it:
    • First, you need to put your content, which can be plain text or [[markdown]] if you're into that sort of thing, somewhere online. https://github.com and https://gitlab.com both work fine for this.
      • This amounts to publishing a [[blog]] or [[digital garden]] or [[content]] elsewhere online. The Agora doesn't host your data, but rather pulls it from a location you control and renders it for you and other users; it interlinks your data with that of other users as you wish.
      • If you know your way around [[git]], [[markdown]] on git is the default format. If you use [[roam]] or a [[roam like]] or you have a notes database, you're almost there. Please refer to agora howto for detailed instructions.
    • Second, you need to signal an [[intent to cooperate]] with the [[agora]]. This means telling the world that your content can be pulled by the Agora and [[integrated]] into a social graph. To do this, you can send a PR for [[gardens yaml]] or send email to signup@anagora.org. Alternatively you can also tweet at this agora's maintainer. In any case, please include:
      • An URL for your content.
      • Your desired username.
      • Confirmation that you are currently in agreement with https://anagora.org/contract. If you are ever considered in disagreement by you or others, please feel free to use the [[agora]] as a mechanism to resolve disputes.
  • The Agora wants to be [[maximally inclusive]], but it is in its infancy; it is a [[work in progress]]. If you want to participate and can't, please also send email to signup@anagora.org to let us know. Through projects such as [[agora twitter integration]], we hope to make the Agora available to anyone that has access to a social network account. If you want to learn more about the [[experimental]] nature of this Agora, please refer to this Hacker News comment. If you want to keep up to date with development, consider adding me on Twitter or Mastodon: [[flancian]].
  • [[git]] https://github.com/flancian/agora

An agora, in its broadest sense, is a conceptual space where people attempt to bring an increased level of intentionality, explicitness, and mutual agreement to the principles and protocols for interacting in that space. A further aspect of the idea of an Agora is that it is a space which enables collaboration. In particular, it is a space that allows for collaboration guided by specific shared interests, without requiring the co-consitutients of the agora to be aligned more fully or generally in terms of their intentions, values, etc.

Some topics that the idea of an Agora is related to: [[transparency]] [[decentralized structures]] [[egalitarian principles]] [[judgement]] [[algorithms of interaction]] [[communication]] [[collaboration]] [[knowledge sharing]]

There are (infinitely) many possible variants of how this idea might be implemented in concrete, real-world situations. For example, an agora could be a space that is opened up inside a conversation between two people. Or it could be a collaborative project that is accompanied by specified rules. Or it could be a collective agreement about how to handle certain types of situations.

One variant of the idea of an Agora is a place where personal notes are shared, with the common goal of pooling information and sharing knowledge. One implementation of this idea is https://anagora.org. See also https://flancia.org/go/agora.

The term "Agora" and the basic idea come from [[Flancia]].


This looks like a really cool way of aggregating digital gardens into one place. To produce a community garden (or, an agora). Interesting to contrast with how a solely P2P way of connecting gardens might work, no central aggregator.

An Agora is a distributed, goal-oriented social network centered around a cooperatively built and maintained [[knowledge graph]]. The implementation you are currently looking at tries to assemble such a graph out of a collection of digital gardens.

GitHub - flancian/agora

See also [[sister sites]].

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