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Technical Tools that Support Free Speech:
HTML + Embedding Video + Setting up Forum Software + FTP + Cache Management


I can appreciate why people like Facebook.

It lets them post a Video and then their friends can comment on it.  And it's all Push-Button.

But it comes with an obvious cost.  Facebook & Twitter censorship of President Trump, for example.

Facebook censorship of Criticism of Israel, for another example.  I've been given -2- 30 day bans by Facebook, simply for criticizing Israel's human rights violations.

From reading the end of the speech President Trump gave on January 6, it becomes obvious that Facebook & Twitter have an awfully low threshold for what constitutes anti-social speech.

This is the last 2 paragraphs :

"So we’re going to, we’re going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, I love Pennsylvania Avenue, and we’re going to the Capitol and we’re going to try and give … The Democrats are hopeless. They’re never voting for anything, not even one vote. But we’re going to try and give our Republicans, the weak ones, because the strong ones don’t need any of our help, we’re going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.

So let’s walk down Pennsylvania Avenue. I want to thank you all. God bless you and God bless America. Thank you all for being here, this is incredible. Thank you very much. Thank you." (Ref. 1)


It is very odd to me that this is considered censor worthy.

Since I have some technical skills, I thought I would show people how to re-create the social media type web pages that come almost free at websites such as Facebook and Twitter.

The title shows the 5 skills that you need:
*  HTML
*  Learning to embed Video from web hosts that don't censor people.  Vimeo, for example.
*  Learning to set up a web forum for both Disqus and Facebook.
*  FTP
*  Cache Management & Computer Finessing.

1.  HTML.

HTML is not something that I will try to demonstrate too much here.  There are lots of good HTML classes.  Unless you are a "natural programmer", it takes 3 to 6 months to learn.

There are also lots of good web editors.

The ones I like are Netscape 4.79 - from 1998.  And its current incarnation, where it has become part of Mozilla Firefox & Renamed "Seamonkey".

https://www.seamonkey-project.org/

A good web editor makes creating a web page almost as simple as writing an email.

2.  Embedding Video.

You have to have an account at Vimeo or another Host, such as Youtube.  Youtube is more Censor-happy.



3.  Facebook and Disqus Comments Functionality for a Web Page.

Both Facebook and Disqus provide the code you need to install Comments Functionality on a web page.

This is the code for the Disqus Comments at RogersRifles.com. 

Facebook being an example of Comments Functionality that comes with strings, Disqus is an example of a paid program module with a lot less censorship.  I haven't given them a credit card number yet.  I am still in my first 30 days with them.



HTML for Simple Web Page with Facebook Comments section -

<html>

<div id="fb-root"></div>
<script async defer crossorigin="anonymous" src="https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v7.0appId=
***********0593&autoLogAppEvents=1" nonce="*****FJ"></script>

  <head>
    <title>Web Page Title</title>
  </head>

  <body>
   
Web Page Text

<div class="fb-comments" data-href="Web Page URL /index.html" data-numposts="10" data-width=""></div>

  </body>

</html>



That would create a very simple web page with a title, "Web Page Title", a small amount of text, and then a Facebook Comments section.

The programming magic comes mostly from the section at the front, that starts with <div id="fb-root">

The code is provided by Facebook on their Developers web page.  Once you do a minimal amount of registration and description of your web page, the Facebook API creates the code so that your web page will load the Facebook software.

https://developers.facebook.com/

4.  FTP & Web host Set-up

FTP = "File Transfer Protocol".

Before you can have a Directory on a Hard Drive somewhere to Upload your HTML files to, you have to register with a Web Host.

The web host provides the technical details that you use when you transfer files to your web space/ directory on the web host's computers.  There are 5 to 10 passwords and configuration settings that have to be set up or it will not work.

Learning to FTP is not trivial.  Like with learning HTML, it might take a few months to learn how to do it.




5.  Cache Management & Computer Finessing.

You can write all the HTML that you want, and do all the FTPing that goes along with it.

But the computer still does exactly what you tell it to.

Part of the Internet is that web apparatus - web servers switches etc. - are always loading local versions of content that they think they will need in the future.

The end result is that you can get your web page set up exactly - and perfectly - and it won't "Play".

When you make a change but don't see the effect of the change when it's viewed in a browser, it is a sign that the browser, or some piece of web apparatus between you and the host, has a cached version of the earlier file.

It could be in a Temp folder somewhere.  It doesn't matter too much where it is.  The main thing is to be aware of this aspect of web page creation.

I like to use the term "sticky" to describe the web page that won't change on the browser, even if you

That is a sign that y ou need to clear the cache on the browser.

Since you don't have complete control over all the cache locations between your client (viewing the web page on a browser) and the host (the web host that you set up where you FTP files to), it's important to focus on what you do have control over -
*  what Web Browsers you use
*  Your ability to Restart the computer

*  Clearing the Cache on all your browsers.
*  Your ability to Re-name files if the files become extra sticky & un-cooperative.

As far as which web browsers to use, I recommend using all the major browsers - Explorer from Microsoft, Safari from Apple, Opera, Chrome from Google, and Firefox from Mozilla.

Simply restarting the computer does help to clear the cache.

Clearing the Cache on a browser involves going into the configuration/ preferences section and telling it to clear the cache.

Sometimes files are extra extra sticky, and the only way to make a web page work is give a piece of content, e.g. an image file, a new name.



6.  If you Want to Not be Censored by Facebook etc.

IN THE BEGINNING.

When I participated on the Berkeley Macintosh User Group in the 1990's, there was no censorship.

Same for USENET, where people were remarkably well mannered.

BUT NOW.

The US no longer has a functional First Amendment, in the Social Media area.

Youtube actually censors posts by US citizens about 9-11.

A factual post, with Sources cited, can also earn someone a 30 day ban by Facebook.

Why put up with that Monkey Business ?

You are probably Smarter, Older, & more Conscientious, than the person censoring you.


I tried to "cover everything", but actually, HTML is a very large code-set, so it's not possible in one article to get people started.

Linked In Learning, which used to be a GREAT website named Lynda.com, is not a website I can recommend.  It has deteriorated since it was Lynda.com

But if you can stomach
Linked In Learning, it does have good classes for learning HTML.


There is a Comments section below for asking questions etc.




(Ref. 1)


NOTES

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/1/11/full-transcript-donald-trump-january-6-incendiary-speech

Oddly, the only place I could find the complete text of Pres. Trump's speech is, Al Jazeera.