What is The WELL?

Welcome to a gathering that's like no other.

The WELL, launched back in 1985 as the Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link, continues to provide a cherished watering hole for articulate and playful thinkers from all walks of life.

Why is this conversation so treasured?

Why did members of this community pull together to buy the service?

[Check out the story of The WELL...]

Where in The WELL are you?

David Gans, Musician
The Media conference, which I co-founded 20 years ago, is a meeting place for articulate, wise, and knowledgeable people from a great variety of professions and philosophies. In deadlit, we talk about the music, art and community of the Grateful Dead; and in the Oakland conference, we discuss neighborhood and civic matters, compare notes on restaurants, recommend auto mechanics, and more. So much collective wisdom in an easy-to-use plain-text wetware wonderland. [See more people, more suggestions...]


Featured Conversations

"Stop banging the help" and other moments
How good is Margulies in The Good Wife? (Members only)

Science in the news
Interpretations freely given by the media (Members only)

Gotta build?
Notes from those tackling a kitchen remodel (Members only)

Much more to talk about...


Getting into The WELL

Membership is not for everyone, partly because we are non-anonymous here. Here's how to decide whether The WELL is for you, and whether you're for The WELL. [Before you join...]

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