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Of course, we have the obligatory links page! This is a collection of sites I've been known to enjoy visiting now and again, and perhaps you will as well.

Returning Champions

everything2
Some sorta proto-wiki loaded with fascinating nodes. You can get lost in this place finding all sorts of cool knowledge and hype stories.
Questden (formerly tgchan)
Super creative imageboard where users suggest actions for characters to take. Loads of wild tales being told in here, but here's all the must-reads.
December Communications
A classic web portal with extensive links and HTML info.
Sixteen Colors
The web's premier gallery of ANSI art, old and new.
The Daily Motivator
Daily words of wisdom to change your life by.

P2P Darknets

Freenet I2P TOR ZeroNet

Powerful Newcomers

[Internet Archive]
Digital history only exists for as long as it is deliberately kept around. If it means something to you, spread copies.
Media Bias/Fact Check
Indicates how left/right and correct/wrong common news sources are.
Pouët
Huge archive of impressive demoscene productions.
SauceNao
Powerful reverse image search.
Unshort.Link
Removes the uncertainty from random shortened URLs.

Geocities Reuploads

ReocitiesRIP to the OG. Oocities Generally reliable, but slow. Displays the site at 800px alongside ads. Geo.ws Combination webhost and archive that usually has the /username/ sites. Geocities Archive Never used this one; don't have anything to say about it. Geocities Gallery Zippy, plays MIDIs, and has most of the /Neighborhood/1234/ sites. Torrent it! Got 650GB to spare? Keep a part of WWW history with you always. 1TB of the KB Age 72 daily screenshots showing how homepages looked when they were updated for the last time. GIFcitiesInternet Archive's search engine of the GIFs that appeared on Geocities.

[This website is a Level 1 Member of the **Internet Free Zone**.]

Gopher and Gemini

Now, these aren't websites, but where the hell else am I gonna talk about 'em. If your web browser is a monolingual loser that doesn't know these protocols, then try using Lagrange or the Plaintext Protocol Proxy.

Baud Baby
Cat's colorful hole with a variety of projects and the Fax Sex phlog.
Circumlunar Space
Solderpunk's trio of Tilde servers, hosting all sorts of creative peeps.
Gopher Black
Tomasino's hole, where interesting topics are always on tap.
Medusae Space
New to Gemini with no clue where to fly? Find a place to be in this directory.
Station
A Gemini-protocol microblog service where internauts chat.
Cosmic Voyage
An enthralling collaborative science-fiction universe.

Technology

AltexxaNet
Classic internet services kept alive for use on retro systems.
Caps Wiki and Repair Wiki
Crowdsourced repair guides for all types of computers and electronics.
Privacy Guides
How to use and fight for your right to privacy online.
SectorDisk
Tilde community where users artfully write 512-byte chunks to a diskette.
Telnet BBS Guide / BBS.guide
For when the desire strikes to dive into some pre-Web-style internetting.
TextFiles.com
Huge resource of BBS-era documents and ANSI art.
Oldschool PC Fonts
System fonts from classic computers, now available as TTFs.
Crypto Is A Meme #craptocurrency Got no dang idea what I'm angry/laughing about? Here's a crash course. Extremely Fungible Tokens Loads of right-clickables for those who believe art was made to be shared. Web3 Is Going Just Great Everything's perfectly fine in the coiniverse. No problems at all for us to laugh at.

Walkable Wikis

Fandom = suck Fandom (formerly Wikia) is a hypercapitalist monopoly and should be avoided. BreezeWiki Frontend/debloater for some actually-usable Fandom wiki reading. Miraheze Need a Wiki but got no sysadmin selfhost swag? Set it up here instead.
All The Tropes
TVTropes with no ads, less ego, and zero bullshit, all available under the CC BY-SA license.
FanLore
Recalling the history of fandoms, where they are and were, and all the zany drama and legal challenges that happened along the way.
RationalWiki
Documents and refutes varieties of bullshit.
[SCP Foundation]
Reports from an organization working to document and contain the supernatural.
Public Domain Super Heroes
Comic book characters with lapsed copyrights that you could be using right now.
Know Your Meme
Deep archive of internet inside jokes (largely common to 4chan and reddit; tends to lack knowledge of most Tumblr memes).

Web Apps

After Dark CSS
The classic screensaver suite, recreated entirely in your browser.
Cyber Threat Map
A real-time visualization of cyber-attacks.
Online Teletext Viewer
A glimpse into the world of Teletext, which is a very fascinating and Aesthetic information service we didn't have here in the States. Read the description of this video for an explanation of how it worked.
Tumblr
The only megahuge social media site that's actually social and not a bunch of advertising delivery mechanisms in a manufactured-outrage trenchcoat. Chronological posts, superb custom themes, and zero algorithms. Be a lot cooler if it still had porn, but whatever.
Windows 98 Icon Viewer
Explore those great historical PC aesthetics.

Website Resources

TUICSS CSS library for creating webapps resembling text-mode DOS programs. 7.css CSS framework mimicing the Windows Vista/7 user interface. and more! Other retro-inspired CSS frameworks, including for Windows 98, XP, and console RPGs.
HTML+CSS+JS Help sadness's collected knowledge on DIY webweaving. VastRecs-ources Webdev things recommended by Ryan. Bumper Stickers Little quippy images to spice up your pages.
Card Pages Example website that's also a valid RSS feed. XML Deep DiveThings you didn't know X(HT)ML could do. RSS Advisory Board Specs of and example feeds for all versions of RSS.
MIDIjs Go full Geocities and play MIDI files on your homepage. WebAmp Javascript version of Winamp 2 for blasting MP3s classic style. WebAudio Mod Player Add some supa dope MOD/S3M/XM tunes to your VPS-hosted domain!
htp A simple HTML preprocessor makes layout consistency a breeze. Zonelets Basic blog generator used by a fair number of Neocitizens. SSG Masterlist Need a site generator to manage a more complex webzone? Try them all.
No WWW Got a www. on your .com? Not necessary; get rid of it. Yes WWWSocial and technical arguments for keeping the old ways. Extra WWWBut everyone knows real ballers slap on a second www!
Index Dot HTML Actually designing for older browsers? See which tags are supported. Legacy HTML Tutorial How to really party like it's 1999.
You Don't Need JavaScriptseriously some of this CSS shit is advanced You Might Not Need jQuery Cross-browser ways to do things people grab libraries for.
Compression SorceryNeonaut's usage guide to image optimization sites. Image Formats My linklist to image compression programs for Windows.
List of Webrings Paths along the 'net that your site could become a stop on. The Fanlistings Add badges to show your support of your favorite shows/movies/games.
Can I Use? Guide to feature support in various browsers. Good Intros to Current HTML/CSS Want to Do It Your Damn Self but have no idea where to start? Try these. GoatCounter Open-source privacy-friendly analytics system. Self-host or embed. GTmetrix Website speed analysis and comparison. MFin HTML Entities Get the &#number; code to display special characters. Web Pages That Suck Learn good design by knowing bad design.

If you want to have a website but can't wrap your brain around how HTML works, there's also plenty of free-to-use layouts made by AlmostSweet, Arlita, Code Sharing, EggRamen, NeoThemes, sadgrl, Templaterr, and Wish Glows.

Teh Edn >:(

Recommended reading/articles are now listed on Bold Type.

['Reject modernity/Embrace tradition' meme with tweets vs a button wall.] Social media suxx. Ditch the feed; make a website!

Now that you're through with my links page, here's some made by other people that I also enjoyed! Have fun out there.

Censorine's Weblinks GioCities Recommendations Gio's list of Things You Should, most of which I also agree with. Green Internet Linklist Thinkpieces regarding how to build a more sustainable WWW. Jam's jams Sampler pack of the web's tastier flavors. Links Taccola Useful, cool, and pixelated links flown in by jackdaws. Lost Letters Links ooh.directory Blogroll 'Blogging is dead', eh? The hell are all these, then? Twitter is going great! Timeline of birdsite's WTF moments since big stinky took over. Video Rex Rex's playlist of important YouTube videos. Web Theory LHFM's recommended reading list of internet-related articles. You Should Have Seen This 198 viral hits from the 2000s that everyone already ought to know about.

Missing In Action ☠

I saw someone say "The internet is forever" earlier and it kind of hurt.

The internet is barely for now, Data disappears all the time. Sites go down, DMCA takedowns. No seeders. No funding. Never archived. Harddrive failure. Redesign that breaks legacy URLs.

The internet is for never.

@ajroach42@retro.social, 2021-10-17 11:26
Purple.com (1994-2017)
Used to be the original 'single-serving site', but got purchased by the mattress company.
Alexa Internet (1996-2022)
Formerly a comparative analytics and traffic ranking site with interesting data on website popularity. Replaced with a placeholder for some smart-home bullshit I don't give a fuck about.
Classic Gaming Network (GameSpy) (1996-2013)
Hosted a ton of info-packed subsites about game series (including some of my favorites, the Metroid Database and Text-mode) until IGN decided it was costing too much money.
[Dave's Videogame Classics] (1996-1999)
Classic emulation resource and download site, shut down by its webhost for being too popular. It rebranded to the Vintage Gaming Network (2001-2009), the button for which I still regularly find on other Neocities pages.
StickDeath (1996-2006)
Classic Flash animation site with loads of over-the-top violent shit on it that was fucking hilarious to preteen me.
YourWebApps (1997-2019)
Simple pseudonymous text-only message board host. RIP to whatever numerous communities once used it, along with their up-to-22 years of conversations.
Team TNT (1998-2008)
Absolutely dynamite site with Doom/Boom WADs and resources.
FilePlanet (1999-2012)
Game and patch download site largely supplanted by ModDB. Was thankfully well archived and made available. Seemingly pivoted to APK archiving in 2017.
Heavy (1999-2012)
Ex-video site that was a great place to find some funny shit in the pre-YouTube days.
MSN Messenger (1999-2014)
Superb instant messaging system with custom emotes, handwriting/drawing, voice clips, and file transfer. Made being part of a Flash group lit.
ThinkGeek (2000-2019)
"Stuff for Smart Masses." AKA collectibles I felt compelled to waste money on for some reason. Was fun to browse until all the personality got sucked out in late 2014.
Toonami Digital Arsenal (2000-2018)
Used to be a huge archive of show intros, promos, and game reviews from the entire history of the Toonami block. Taken down because of some copyright-related bullshit.
Freewebs (2002-201?)
Former webhost with either hand-made or template-based static sites. But, eventually they got rid of the free and became just Webs, until that also got phased out in 2021.
InvisionFree / zIFBoards (2002-2017)
Ad-supported forum host that let users set up a custom instance of Invision Power Board. Loads of groups had a few back in the day; chaotic but fun. Got slowly phased out in favor of Zetaboards and then Tapatalk.
Rapidshare (2002-2015)
File sharing site that remained popular for a long time in spite of obnoxious ads and countdown timers. Like, honestly, Mediafire was and is so much better.
Web-2.0β image hosting sites (2002-2004/2016-2019)
Picasa, ImageShack, PhotoBucket, TinyPic, Flickr.. either gone, operating in a reduced capacity, or pivoted to paid-only. Now Imgur reigns supreme.. but for how much longer?
SheezyArt (2003-2013)
Friendly art community that was a fun hangout in spite of constant server problems. Banned adult content after a hosting provider switch in 2005, which may have inspired the creation of FurAffinity. (Probably not, but wouldn't that be hilarious?) Went offline for a rewrite that never materialized. Briefly revived by fans for under a year in 2021.
TheDesignWorld (2004-2011)
Source for Photoshop tutorials, web design templates, and prerendered images.
gprime.net (2004-2011)
"whatever you want it to be," as long as what you wanted was to download a curated collection of Flashes and WMVs.
My Opera Community (2004-2014)
Blogging site for users of the Opera browser, which was shut down after it adopted the Blink engine.
Megaupload (2005-2012)
File hosting site taken down by the feds bEcAuSe PiRaCy, meaning we lost a lot of game mods and legit downloads not mirrored elsewhere.
OldApps.com (2005-2017)
Archived program download site that had some later releases and betas not listed on oldversion.com.. right up until its downloads server disappeared without warning.
Cute With Chris (2006-2011)
A reader-submitted pet photo blog and hilarious web show that was a source of some of my early inside jokes, including 'teen girl rat war' and 'go to hell, gloves'.
Iron Chariots (2006-2018)
Wiki dedicated to counter-apologetics of religious/theistic arguments.
Toppp / Topazon (2012-2017)
Hand-curated listing of the highest-quality, best rated products on Amazon. Great for gift ideas and impulse purchases!
The Retro Underground (2012-2022)
Small personal blog containing reviews of obscure console and freeware games.
scifi.fyi (2017-2019) and notvery.social (2018?-2019)
The Glitch-soc and Mastodon instances I jumped onto the Fediverse with.
(The Yesterweb) (2021-02/2023-06)
A chill community that sought to explore digital history, finding good ideas/design that got left behind during the rise of social media. A nice hangout for experimenting and sharing knowledge and resources.. for about a year and a half.

Sadly, it grew too big too fast, there was some vague and bizarre cognitive dissonance about hobbyism vs. activism, and the mods burned out so hard that the forums intended to replace the Discord server also caught fire.

Plus so, so many webcomics I used to read, and those weird meme repost/Cheezburger Network sites. Rest in pepperonis.


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