Talking is a discussion and aggregation service reflecting a broadly conservative and libertarian point of view. We offer more freedom than Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter when discussing topics such as religious freedom, patriotism, and our right to self-defense.
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Unfortunately many large Internet companies, which once claimed to support free expression, no longer do. Conservatives and libertarians have learned this firsthand through shadowbanning, deplatforming, deverifying, deranking, and demonetization. This often happens secretly, without public disclosure or explanation.
There are lots of ways to read and use Talking. Here are a few:
You can read Talking without a user account, or without being logged in, but you'll miss out on most of its features. For now, at least, ask us for an invitation. Requiring that small amount of human intervention also helps limit spam, trolls, Russian bots, and automated posts promising us "one weird trick."
When you submit a story as a registered, logged-in user, you'll need to choose one or more tags from a list of predefined tags. That allows some handy features to exist:
Unlike sites like Reddit, where discussions are often confined to individual subreddit silos, the entire Talking community is able to participate. This keeps discussions more central, and avoids having a dozen different topic areas with a dozen different discussions about the same item.
You can view only the topics you're interested in. For instance, you can bookmark only the gunrights or christianity tags. You can also bookmark multiple tags at once using commas.
RSS feeds are easy to find by appending .rss to the topic. For instance, go to the privacy tag. Just add .rss to the end of the URL and you'll have an RSS feed you can bookmark for that tag. This works for multi-tag topics as well.
Mailing list mode can be enabled per-user to receive all new stories (including their plain-text content as fetched and extracted by Diffbot) and user comments as e-mails, mirroring discussion threads offline. This makes it easy and efficient to read new stories as well as keep track of new comments on old threads or stories, just like technical mailing lists or Usenet of yore. Each user is assigned a private mailing list address at this domain which allows them to reply to stories or comments directly in their e-mail client. These e-mails are then converted and submitted to the website as comments, just as if the comment was posted through a web browser. [TODO: EMAIL NOT IMPLEMENTED]
Private messaging enables users to communicate privately without having to publicly disclose an e-mail address, and users can receive e-mail and Pushover notifications of new private messages. [TODO: EMAIL NOT IMPLEMENTED]
Responsive design enhances functionality on smaller screens such as phones and tablets without having to use a separate URL, 3rd party (often read-only) websites, or proprietary mobile applications.
Integrated search engine covers all submitted stories and comments, including full-text caches of all submitted story contents. Searching for a keyword will often bring up relevant stories that don't even mention that keyword in the URL or title.
Story merging combats the problem of multiple stories at different URLs being submitted in a short timeframe about the same news subject. Rather than have multiple stories on the front page with fragmented discussions, all similar stories can be merged into one. An example of a story having been merged into a previous one, combining all comments on one page.
Fuzzy-matching of submitted story URLs to avoid duplicate submissions of similar URLs that differ only in http vs. https, trailing slashes, useless analytics parameters, etc. When using the story submission bookmarklet, story URLs are automatically converted to use the page's canonical URL (if available) to present the best URL to represent the story, as defined by the story's author or publisher.
User-suggested titles and tags can be automatically applied to a story when a quorum of users agrees on a new title (such as removing a site's name, or appending the story's year of publication) or set of tags, without any moderator action required. (Log)
Hats are a more formal process allowing users to post comments while "wearing such and such hat" to give their words more authority (such as an employee speaking for the company, a staffer speaking for a politician, a lawyer involved in a case speaking about what's happening, and so on).
Per-tag, multi-tag and site-wide RSS feeds are available to the public and logged-in users have private RSS feeds that filter out each user's filtered tags.
Official Twitter mirror posts all stories that have reached the front page to the / account on Twitter for easy following, retweeting/sharing, or archiving. [TODO: TWITTER NOT IMPLEMENTED]
Thanks to the Lobsters computing-focused community, especially founder Joshua Stein and administrator Peter Bhat Harkins ("pushcx") for creating the Lobsters codebase that Talking is based on. They are not responsible for this site.
Domains used for tracking are banned and tracking parameters are removed from links. Certain other large Internet companies keep track of every link to a news article that you click. We do not.
If you prefer to read Talking on a dark background instead of a light one, you might want to install the Dark Reader extension.
Talking is hosted in Dallas in the great state of Texas. The Talking website and other services are owned and operated by Talking LLC.