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<h2>SDF - The Ethical Social Network</h2>
<h4>What 'Social Network' means to us (a history lesson)</h4>
Electronic Social Networking has been around since the days of the ARPAnet. In the late 1960s and through the 1970s the ARPAnet allowed researchers to communicate and collaborate via <i>Electronic Mail</i> and FTP <i>File Sharing</i>. Protocols such as SEND allowed for <i>Instant Messaging</i> among users of systems and systems of other networks. <i>Electronic Mailing Lists</i> were <i>Discussion Groups</i> that later spawned the largest <i>Distributed Social Network</i> of the 1980s: USENET and its transport system UUCP. Paralleling this were many privately owned Social Networks called <i>Electronic Bulletin Boards</i>. These were usually stand alone, but some used <i>Interconnected Conferencing</i> and were linked together as <i>Nodes</i>, while some were also part of the UUCP network. USENET eventually made its way back to the ARPA/Internet where it continued to reign through the 1990s as the largest <i>Distributed Social Network</i> and it is still widely used to this day.
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To the users of the SDF Public Access UNIX System, 'SDF Social' is based on the concepts and principles of the early Social Networks that we have always been a part of and not the highly commercialized, for-profit and ethically questionable Social Networks of the late 1990s and 2000s.<p>
Simply put, SDF has always been about Collaboration, Non-Commercialism, Choice and Privacy.
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<h4>Shell Based Systems (only Accessible via an SDF shell account)</h4>
Most of these systems have been in daily use since our start as a BBS in 1987<p>
<li>notes - send an 'at login time' displayed notification to a user
<li>msg - send an instant message to a user across SDF systems (Based on TOPS-20 SEND)
<li>bboard - a threaded multi discussion bulletin board
<li>com - a multi room interactive chat (Based on TOPS-20 COMMODE)
<li>oneliner - a oneline message (anonymous)
<li>happening - an anonymous journal
<h4>Web Based Systems (these are enabled via the 'maint' command at the shell)</h4>
<li><a target=new href=https://mastodon.sdf.org>https://mastodon.sdf.org</a> - Mastodon / GNU Social
<li><a target=new href=https://gs.sdf.org>https://gs.sdf.org</a> - Quitter / GNU Social
<li><a target=new href=http://sdf.org/elearn>http://sdf.org/elearn</a> - An Online Classroom for Electronic Learning
<li><a target=new href=http://sdf.org/gallery>http://sdf.org/gallery</a> - An Image Gallery
<li><a target=new href=http://motd.org>http://motd.org</a> - Blogging for the UNIX savvy
<li><a target=new href=http://tx0.org>http://tx0.org</a> - URL Shortening Service
<li><a target=new href=http://sdf.org/minecraft>http://sdf.org/minecraft</a> - Private MineCraft Server
<h4>What Makes SDF Social Different</h4>
<li>SDF predates 'the web' (gopher / http) by several years
<li>SDF has <b>never</b> used advertising 'banners', links or embeds
<li>SDF does not monetize its access logs
<li>SDF does not use any user data for market research
<li>SDF does not share any data with 3rd parties
<li>SDF has outlived many commerical / for-profit internet endeavours
<li>SDF encourages individual creativity and collaboration
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