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Johan Bové

James Tomasino wrote about his experience with implementing Webmentions on his Gopher blog.
To bridge my webmention from HTTP to Gopher, I'm web-mentioning his post through the Floodgap Gopher proxy. If you're using Lynx or another Gopher-capable browser, open his post here: gopher://

Johan Bové

Floodgap Gopher-HTTP gateway "Pondering what's inbetween Gopher and the web"


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Werner Goeman

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My mom's brother Werner only became 41. He died on December 26, 1995 after a short intense battle with lung cancer. He was a heavy smoker. I remember him mostly as a DJ and a computer wizard. I remember he had boxes full of diskettes filled with early PC games. I wonder now if he posted anything on a BBS at the time or had his own Gopher site or even an early HTML website. I wish he was alive now and could observe how the Internet grew to what it is today and how computing power encreased exponentially. I wish he could be here today so I could share with him what I do a for a living as a Web developer and to be able to share good music. In 1995 I was only 15 years old and was not into PC much yet. Cancer sucks.

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Hi Ryan, First of all, congratulations with your blog and gopher site / hole.

I discovered your writings just today on "republic". It's pretty cool how you managed to create and syndicate your notes and posts from Gopher to the WWW, and I was therefor wondering if you had heard of the Indieweb before? I think that on the wiki at you'll find lot of like-minded people and some introductions to indieweb tools likes webmentions and how to syndicate your content to other platforms if you wanted to.

In regard to "email tracking"; for commercial publishers this is their bread-and-butter, without knowing the statistics on how many readers and visitors their sites have, they can't convince new business to invest with them. So I'm afraid email tracking will be here for a long time still. Some publishers do offer a txt-only variant of their newsletters, and when they do, I opt in for that. And I avoid any tracking query parameters for any linked content.

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My Gopher publishing process feels good as I’m doing it offline first. Whatever happens to my site, I will always have the most recent version locally on my machine, with all changes logged in Git repository. When I push the master branch to the remote repo, the gopher site is updated. No parsing required.

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Enjoying the constraints of the Gopher protocol as a minimalist zen-mode kind of online publishing revival.

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Proud of myself for achieving a 10 day streak of writing a daily gopher journal log entry.

Johan Bové - Die Tageszeitung - has a space: gopher://

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My site is about 38K big - still plenty of space left on the 1.24MB floppy disk

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Gophering along

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A screenshot of Johan's Gopherhole

I've been spending way too much time on servers in the last couple of days.

The Gopher Web is intriguing and fascinating and I totally understand the attraction of an ad-free, cookie-free, not-for-profit, underground(-ish) alternative to today's crowded and over-commericially exploited (according to many) HTTP Web.

It's not super straightforward to access, even-though there are good dedicated free browsers (for all platforms) available that totally support the Gopher protocol.

But I have the feeling that because the Gopher Web is a little harder to access, it is actually part of the attractiveness. Lots of humans tired of the current state of the WWW, who still want to publish
content and share stuff, are finding an alternative, albeit archaic, in the Gopher web.

Setting up a Gopher server wasn't hard either thanks to open-source software from dedicated hobbyist developers.

Formatting plain-text files has been interesting too. It's amazing how much effort some Gopher Hole Phloggers take to create beautiful ASCII art and line-out their paragraphs!

Discovering Phlogs has been an eye-opener and inspiring. There are many Phloggers who are publishing worthwile stories and interesting articles in plain text files in their Gopher holes or gopher burrows.

And I had some fun first-time experiences too playing a funny text-based adventure game called "Lost Pig" (2007) -  it's an interactive story, with lots of funny dialogue and plenty of character which by itself is also proof that Gopher pages can also be entertaining.

The Floodgap Gopher (Gopher proxy) site is a great place to start.