Peer-to-peer ephemeral public communities
Open source, self-governing communities with auditable moderation and mod elections
๐Ÿ‘ป Ephemeral
It keeps 6 months of posts by default. It's gone after. If something is worth keeping, someone will save it within six months โ€” but not from beyond that.
If you screw up, argue for the wrong opinion, and then think otherwise, that's okay. No one is going to come after you โ€”ย it gives you the freedom to be wrong, and move on.
๐Ÿ‘€ Privacy-sensitive
It's peer-to-peer, and it has no servers. It's privacy sensitive because of that, source IP of any specific public post cannot (easily) be determined.
Aether is private by default, so that you can choose to be fully private, or fully public yourself. Most people use pseudonyms, though you can use your real name, or company.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Transparent
Actions of moderators are visible to users. No content can just 'disappear', if something gets deleted, you'll know who did it, why they did it, and if you want, how to get it back.
Everyone watches the watchmen. Moderation is important for healthy communities, and Aether adds onto it some checks-and-balances.
๐Ÿ“จ Democratic
Communities can elect and impeach their own mods by voting. If a mod behaves inappropriately, users can disable that mod locally as well.
Doing so reverts all changes by that moderator for the user, and counts for one impeachment vote.
๐Ÿ‘พ User reviews
"I totally love that 'dark mode' is just the default. its like you understand me as a person. thanks, my dude!"
โ€” @Fight_For_Freedom
"Dude, this app is like the best social media app I have ever used. It just needs more active users which looks like it is well on its way. Maybe a bit more features would be nice, but the core idea and functionality looks great. Great job."
โ€” @Shake37
"Hi, just trying out Aether for the first time and i've got to say it looks fantastic. Looking forward to more updates.. Great work!"
โ€” @aetherjim
"UI feels really polished for how early it is. Been using Aether for just under an hour, and everything feels really smooth and clean. Also, Dark Mode <3"
โ€” @jay
"Dark mode is lovely. Font choice is great. It's not cramped. Totally worth the wait from prior version to be testing this out. It's just a nice layout, and I feel like it just "breathes" much better and flows compared to the popular sites like Reddit."
โ€” @AetherTester
"Aether is working really nicely! Good job! I don't see any major issues with it. It feels super stable and functional. All basic features seem to work perfectly. It doesn't even feel like a "beta". I also really like the design, it doesn't look like "programmer art" at all. This looks like someone who actually knows something about UX designed it."
โ€” @LiveLongAndProsper