Scriffon is a text-publishing website.
It’s a tool made to publish any kind of written work on the web; from essays to short novels, from recipes to how-tos, etc. It’s free and open to everyone. Its design is influenced by minimalism.
On Scriffon, you can create drafts and spend the time you need to write them. When you feel like it’s ready, you can publish them to share them to the world. Afterwards, you can modify them. And when you think the changes are ready, you can publish them. You can do it again and again.
You’re in control. Scriffon stores your drafts and your published works for you. You can access them from any web-connected device. You can destroy your computer without losing your drafts and published items. (But Scriffon won’t replace your computer.)
Scriffon has a different approach than blogs concerning text publishing. While the owner of a blog chooses the visual theme, the way posts are displayed, the navigation elements etc., every writing published on Scriffon is presented the same way. The emphasis is on clarity and readability. Authors doesn’t have to worry about it. They can focus on their texts.
Writings are the number one element. On an importance scale, authors come just after. The visual design reflects this. Elements that could interfere with the ease of reading and writing are kept to the strict minimum.
With Scriffon, writing doesn’t rhyme with blogging anymore.
Scriffon allows you to benefit from the knowledge, thoughts and skills of the others. The first feature that takes advantage of this is the collaborative translations.
There are more readers on the web who can not read your language than readers who can. Scriffon provides a solution to this problem. When you publish a writing, you actually publish the original version of the writing. You’re the only one who can edit and update it. But every user of Scriffon can contribute to the translations (including yourself, of course).
It’s called collaborative translations because there is a common draft for each language. Anybody can improve them, a bit like on Wikipedia. But you are the only one that have the power to publish them.
With Scriffon, the world-wide web becomes world-wide again.
Each user can write under an unlimited number of pen names. A pen name is what identifies an author. Thus each user can put themselves in as many authors’ shoes as they feel like. The idea is to promote anonymity.
While user identification is a key feature of many well-known sites on the web, we believe that anonymity has some great virtues. Even in places where freedom of expression is well-respected, it is sometimes easier to publish your work when it’s not publicly associated with yourself.
Publishing under pseudonyms is a practice used throughout history and nowadays by many people in many different contexts. When you use a new pen name, you create a new identity and stay anonymous at the same time. It allows you to publish texts you would otherwise have kept in your drawers.
With Scriffon, you can make a name of yourself while remaining anonymous.
Though Scriffon is free and open to everyone, it is not free (libre) software nor open-source.
The serif typeface used on Scriffon is Linux Libertine, published under the GPL licence with font exception. The light versions of the files created for the web by Scriffon are published under the same licence.
The use of Scriffon is subjected to the rules detailed in Scriffon’s terms and conditions.
Scriffon’s prototype was formerly known as “awwwth”, an acronym for “a word on the web is worth two in the head”.