Text-publishing website. Completely free, as easy as ABC. Open to everyone. Writings of any kind. Several pen names. Collaborative translations. Elegant design.
It’s a tool to publish any kind of writings on the web; from essay 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 and 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 writings for you. You can access them from any web-connected device. You can destroy your computer without losing your drafts and writings. (But Scriffon won’t replace your computer.)
It’s not a blog
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.
The “common room” aspect of 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. You write in english, right? Or at least you write in one language. But you do know that 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.
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. This is not a feature intended for people suffering from schizophrenia, no. The actual 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.
Last updated 3 Jun 2011