When etherpad came out in 2008 it quickly became an indispensable tool for all kinds of situations. Since then many have tried to recreate this magical tool but few have succeeded.
In my opinion, most of these projects suffer from too much complexity. But this one is different. This project concentrates on:
- Plain text. No syntax highlighting, markdown preview, image upload, PDF export, WYSIWYG tools. Just a single textarea.
- Rough consensus. No advanced operational transforms, no blockchain. In practice, conflicts are rare and sophisticated algorithms are not doing a stellar job either. The single source of truth is the order of messages broadcasted by the server. Conflicting changes are dropped.