Web Humans!




In traveling around this Internet of ours, I discovered HUMANS.TXT, a sort of spin-off of the famous ROBOTS.TXT, a way web developers tell your your favorite search engines where they shouldn't be prying. Instead, HUMANS.TXT gives folks a chance to celebrate who actually contributed to the development of a website, or the project that a website represents. I don't know about you stone-hearted trolls, but I think this is a good idea.

So, I wrote me a web extension. If you're interested in doing the same, they're super easy to develop, and getting it published isn't hard, either.

Since these extensions are just JavaScript, there's no way to see if a webpage contains a HUMANS.TXT or not, so dropping a link at the top of every page was really the only option. If you have any questions, concerns, or solutions to this problem, drop me an e-mail at webhumans at zesago dot net.

What Does the Extension Actually Do?

It adds a link to the HUMANS.TXT page to the top-left corner of the current webpage. The link opens in a new tab and is represented by a simple "H".


Two reasons! Firstly, not many folks create a humans.txt file for their website... and it's something that I'd like to see more developers take a second or two and boast about the pages they've developed. Secondly, we should be more appreciative of the rock star developers who have built the world wide web for us.

In short, the web could use a few more personal touches. The fingerprints that developers leave give the Web important character, and we should take a second and appreciate them.

Help Out!

An important component of the humans.txt initiative is that websites actually have to create these files. Do you have a website? Do you know somebody who does? Write a humans.txt file and upload it to the server's root directory. It's a plaintext file that doesn't interfere with anything. So easy! So awesome! Do it.