FlightFeather Social Networking Platform, Release 0.2.6

George Belotsky python at openlight.com
Sat Jan 6 02:50:48 CET 2007

FlightFeather's goal is "social networking for everyone".  This means
that *anyone* should have a chance to run a *popular* social
networking site -- on minimal hardware, and without wasting bandwidth.

Release 0.2.6 fixes a bug, which could cause the FlightFeather server
to hang if excessively long words appeared in posts or comments.  You
can download this release (free/open source under the GPL) from the
"BoSStats" site, which runs on FlightFeather.


A Brief Overview of FlightFeather and BoSStats
FlightFeather is in its early stages, but it is functional.  You can
see the system in action on the BoSStats site.  BoSStats is
dedicated to improving the world of work: you can discuss what makes a
good boss, or share your experiences of office politics. You can also
comment and vote on the posts made by others.  The application does
not set cookies, and no registration is required for anything except


BoSStats is a good testbed for FlightFeather, and has value of its
own, since meaningful advice about work-related problems is very hard
to find.  A "Wisdom of Crowds" solution -- particularly with strong
privacy protection (see below) -- is a necessary addition to this

FlightFeather's most important feature is that all write requests
generate (or modify) HTML files.  In consequence, a pure read (the
most common operation) merely serves static pages.

The major design focus for FlightFeather are responsiveness and
performance; the system should eventually support very high traffic
volumes.  In addition, FlightFeather allows for a great deal of user
privacy -- a critical, rapidly emerging problem in the social
networking realm.

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