*** ~tel Frequently Asked Questions ***
Q. What is this?
A. tilde.tel is a small hobby software PBX for the tildeverse. So far
users can make calls, leave voicemails and participate in a multi-
user conference with more features to come. The numbers are
loosely broken down by tilde, with each tilde having its own
prefix "area code".
Q. Who runs it?
A. I'm cat, you can find me around tilde.town and circumlunar.space,
and on the baud.baby gopher space.
Q. Do you represent x tilde
A. No, while I use the names of the other tildes and PUBNIX systems
as a way to group the various ~tel users I don't claim to be a
representative of them in any way.
Getting a phone number
Q. How do I sign up?
A. Currently the best way is to yell at me on IRC on the tilde.chat
servers, either directly or in the #tildetel channel. Feel free to
yell at me elsewhere but IRC will get you the best results.
Q. What constitutes a tilde, as far as tilde.tel is concerned?
A. Basically any of the community PUBNIX systems, but not
specifically limited to the ones that have "tilde" in their name
and not specifically ones that offer shell access. Pretty much
anyone will be considered, with the exception of...
Q. I'm an SDF user, can I have a tilde.tel number?
A. Nope! SDF already has a really excellent VoIP service that you
should utilise instead and a lot of tilde.tel will mirror
functionality the SDF's service already has. Being an SDF member
of course doesn't exclude you from tilde.tel though, if you're
also a member of a tilde, there just won't be an SDF "area code".
Q. Can I have x phone number?
A. Nah, that kind of thing can lead to butting heads and other nonsense.
Q. If I'm a member of multiple tildes, can I have multiple numbers?
A. Sure, if you need it why not.
Q. What are the settings I need to connect?
A. The settings below should get you up and running:
Username: [your extension]
Password: [your password]
Q. Can I update my details? CLI? Reset my password?
A. Nope! At least not yet. It's gonna be all manual initially while I
sort out some kind of system to do that for you.
Q. Can I call external VoIP numbers or PSTN network numbers?
A. Not at the moment. URI dialing is in the works but dialing out to
the PSTN network is fraught with danger.
Q. Can I dial in to ~tel externally?
A. Again not yet but that functionality is high on my list.
Q. Can I connect x to ~tel?
A. Knock yourself out. Connect a phone, connect your own Asterisk
server, connect rusty old analog gear or a BBS, it's all good as
long as it doesn't cause too much mischief or ruin anyone's good
time. A robodialer is fun for a minute but gets old pretty quick.
Which brings us to...
Using ~tel responsibly
A. Sure: Do as thou wilt, harm none. This includes but is not limited
too physical, emotional, psychological, financial and esoterical
Be courteous and treat other users with respect and we'll all have
a good time.
Q. Is there anything I should/should not be doing?
A. I think the tilde and PUBNIX communities have enough commmon sense
to behave but just for clarity's sake; keep in mind the users on
this system are real people, sometimes unsolicited calls are
welcome and sometimes not, try to be sure you're not being a
nuisance or pest before dialing out.