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Node [[agora]]


  • The Agora is a distributed knowledge graph and experimental social network.
    • As an Agora guest you can currently:
      • Navigate the Agora, which is composed of [[nodes]] which aggregate content from many users about the same topic or entity.
      • Make use of [[backlinks]] and [[pulled nodes]] to discover relevant content.
    • As an Agora user you can:
      • Have your content be surfaced to readers at relevant times (when they are visiting a [[node]] for which your content is considered relevant by the community).
      • Have relevant content be surfaced to you as you traverse your [[personal knowledge graph]].
      • Make use of [[agora actions]].
    • Anyone can run an Agora of their own if they so desire. This Agora is [[open source]].
  • To [[sign up]] for the Agora, first you need to publish your [[digital garden]] or [[content]] elsewhere online. The Agora doesn't host your data, but rather pulls it from a location you control and renders it for you and other users; it interlinks your data with that of other users as you wish.
    • If you know your way around [[git]], [[markdown]] on git is the default format. If you use [[roam]] or a [[roam like]] or you have a notes database, you're almost there. Please refer to agora howto for detailed instructions.
    • Whatever participation mechanism you choose, you can either send a [[pull request]] adding yourself to the repository or let an Agora [[maintainer]] know where your [[digital garden]] or [[content]] is, so it can be pulled by the Agora and [[integrated]]. We strive to continuously support new sources and formats. Please send email to or tweet at me with:
      • The URL for your content.
      • Your desired username.
    • The Agora wants to be [[maximally inclusive]], but it is in its infancy; it is a [[work in progress]]. If you want to participate and can't, please also send email to to let us know.
      • Through projects such as [[agora twitter integration]], we hope to make the Agora available to anyone that has access to a social network account.
    • If you want to learn more about the [[experimental]] nature of this Agora, please refer to this Hacker News comment.
    • If you want to keep up to date with development, consider adding me on Twitter or Mastodon: [[flancian]].
  • An Agora is, in its most basic form, a set of useful conventions.
  • This Agora tries to be a good [[internet citizen]].
  • [[go]]
  • [[pull]] [[agora editor]]
  • There are [[other agoras]].

title: Agora date: 2021-01-24

(this should link to @Flancian's node)

An agora, in its broadest sense, is a conceptual space where people attempt to bring an increased level of intentionality, explicitness, and mutual agreement to the principles and protocols for interacting in that space. A further aspect of the idea of an Agora is that it is a space which enables collaboration. In particular, it is a space that allows for collaboration guided by specific shared interests, without requiring the co-consitutients of the agora to be aligned more fully or generally in terms of their intentions, values, etc.

Some topics that the idea of an Agora is related to: [[transparency]] [[decentralized structures]] [[egalitarian principles]] [[judgement]] [[algorithms of interaction]] [[communication]] [[collaboration]] [[knowledge sharing]]

There are (infinitely) many possible variants of how this idea might be implemented in concrete, real-world situations. For example, an agora could be a space that is opened up inside a conversation between two people. Or it could be a collaborative project that is accompanied by specified rules. Or it could be a collective agreement about how to handle certain types of situations.

One variant of the idea of an Agora is a place where personal notes are shared, with the common goal of pooling information and sharing knowledge. One implementation of this idea is See also

The term "Agora" and the basic idea come from [[Flancia]].

Pulled node [[agora-editor]]

Agora Editor

  • In essence, all you really need to use the [[Agora]] is the capability to make Markdown (or just text, really) files publicly available somewhere. I use [[foam]] to produce and manage my notes, and [[git]] to store them online.
  • As of [[2021-01-03]], the recommended Agora editor is [[foam]].
  • You can also use:
  • Or you can reach out :) Send email (I know, how quaint!) to, or DM [[flancian]] on Twitter, Mastodon, or any other platform.
  • See also: