🎉 The beta is out! Meet us at the playground...
We endeavour to develop tools for conviviality. Tools that you have total control over, which are not developed for extracting value from their users in any way. Each Bonfire instance is shaped by its members to pursue their community goals, not those of some investment fund.
Add or remove extensions based on the functionality you need, or go further and create a new extension. Pick or create a theme that reflects your community identity, edit and localise text to increase inclusivity, decide which kind of information and behaviours to include and fight the dopamine economy.
Each Bonfire community has the power to federate with others communities but also with other fediverse platforms that support the ActivityPub protocol (like Mastodon, PeerTube, etc...) and interact with them, maintaining the autonomy to decide which information to share with others and which to keep on their instance.
Bonfire is libre and open source software. This means that you can use and modify Bonfire without asking permission from anyone. Plus, benefit from future developments by anyone using the codebase: improvements, upgrades, and additions to Bonfire apps and extensions will always be freely available to users.
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Today, the Bonfire team is asking for *your* help with beta testing. Bonfire still needs a lot of work - be it bugs, federation, missing features, configurability and user experience - but that's the point, we decided to launch the playground at this gnarly stage with the specific intention of moving toward the 1.0 release as a community.
In a few days' time we'd like to invite you to experiment with a 'playground' instance of Bonfire, the federated social networking toolkit for communities. Lots of what you'll see in the Bonfire beta will be recognisable from other social and/or federated apps. There is some functionality that may be a little different with Bonfire as well.