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Ephera
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That feels a bit too corporate-y for my taste…

And I mean, why do we need this to be open-source? If you plan to self-host, you can just host a personal webpage. With just a few lines of HTML+CSS, you can get a decent looking link-collection.

People want “flashiness” nowadays. I’ve had to deal with this line of thinking far too often. I’d much rather have a simple site as a collection of links: it loads quickly, looks clean, and it’s easy to maintain.

Ephera
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fedilink
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I can see that being an aspect, but there’s gotta be thousands of flashy HTML templates for this out there, most of them probably created by Tumblr users.

And well, I feel like being able to make it precisely your own thing, that’s also worth a lot. People put so much effort into their online brand, I feel like they would appreciate this freedom quite a bit.

m-p{3}
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fedilink
32M

I’m not sure I’d use it myself, but I do appreciate the author publishing their source.

Ephera
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fedilink
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Yeah, I certainly do prefer published source code over proprietary bullshit. I’ve just grown wary of companies using it as some feel-good marketing term (or here even as basically the unique selling point), when it’s pretty much teethless in the given scenario…

@onlooker
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fedilink
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I’m still not sure I understand what this or Linktree is. Best as I can tell, it’s some kind of electronic business card for your social media accounts? Is that right?

@GlessasBakerfield
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fedilink
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basically, having one link for all you links

@onlooker
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fedilink
12M

I see, thanks.

Jay Baker (he/they)
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fedilink
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I’ve welcomed Singlelink, and have used them. Not all of us can rustle up “just a few lines of HTML+CSS”! I’ve found Singlelink to be a small project and probably way less corporate than Linktree and AllMyLinks et al. My only issue has been being unable to reset my password, unfortunately! 😆

Ephera
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fedilink
12M

Since you clearly quoted me, I wanted to clarify that I’m not saying anyone can just throw down a personal webpage with no learning involved.

I’m saying that it being open-source is only really meaningful when you want to self-host it, i.e. on your own server or that of a hosting provider of your choosing.
And then because self-hosting requires a certain technical expertise, that’s when I’m saying that anyone wanting to self-host should just as well be able to grab some HTML template from the internet and host that instead.

So, these services do exist for a reason. I’m just questioning their usefulness for self-hosting.

Jay Baker (he/they)
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No harm intended, sorry.

I guess I like that they at least express some commitment to the open source ethos. Self-hosting is of varying importance to many of us, but I’ve found it useful. Different strokes for different folks!

But what if you want to host not only a single page, but a whole service like this?

Ephera
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fedilink
12M

Yeah, fair point. Someone could try to compete with them via their source code.

I guess it can be argued that they even want someone to compete.

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