Tips and Tricks


Here are some useful recommendations to improve your Flounder & Gemini experience


Gemlog (Experimental)


Gemini is working on a new content aggregation format. This will allow users across the Gemini network to aggregate your content and posts, so they can easily track users' content. If you're working on a blog, create a page with a list of links to posts with the following format:


=> //link-to-post.gmi YYYY-MM-DD Post Title

Two major Gemini aggregators are:

gemini://gemini.circumlunar.space/capcom/

Spacewalk


.hidden folder


If you're working on a draft or other content you aren't ready to share publicly, put it inside the .hidden folder, and it won't show up on any feeds or be viewable publicly.


Linking sites you like


While Flounder will link to everyone's site, it is only a small part of the Gemini space. If you find a Gemini site that you like, on or off flounder, make sure to link it on your page. This allows people to "browse" the Gemini network, much like on the old school web.



Feed aggregation


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Provide a contact link


If you want people to be able to contact you or follow you on other social media, you may want to provide a link in your page. An email is especially helpful if you want people to provide feedback to any of your posts.


Favicons


When viewing flounder pages through a Gemini browser, you can have an emoji associated with your page, for example:


//admin.flounder.online/favicon.txt


Save a file with a single emoji character to favicon.txt to support this feature!


robots.txt


You can add a special file named robots.txt to your page. This will inform web-crawlers, for example, search engines, how to treat your page. It will not block them from crawling your page, but well behaved crawlers will respect it. For example, if you don't want your web page archived by Google, Internet Archive, or anyone else, add the following to your robots.txt:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /

Here's the format for managing gemini-based crawlers:

gemini://gemini.circumlunar.space/docs/companion/robots.gmi


For more info, see:

https://www.robotstxt.org/