Independent Conferences

Independent Conferences are home to a wide array of conversation topics and of people. They are created and run by individual members of The WELL as they see fit, within the scope of The WELL Member Agreement. Some offer limited access for WELL members by invitation only. Most are open to all members of The WELL. Anyone with a Complete Plan membership may create new ones (as well as unlisted fully Private Conferences) at any time.

Hosts have the final say on entry to a limited-access conference. Their member lists are entirely up to them. For information about joining a limited-access Independent Conference, please click on the “request entry” link to email the conference host.

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As described by its host
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Dedicated to contemporary art and communication technologyacen.ind
Grassroots citizen activism and organizationactivism.ind
Attention Deficit Disorderadd.ind
Artificial Intelligenceai.ind
Animation lovers, this is the place to talk about it!animation.ind
Japanese animation and the obsessed folk who love themanime.ind
Augmentation and roboticsaugbot.ind
Take off your shoes and come on inbarefoot.ind
A conference to raise funds and coordinate support efforts for worthy causes near and far. barnraise.ind
Bass players, acoustic and electricbass.ind
Honky-tonk, western swing, vintage country, roots musicbigballs.ind
Professional biologists and interested observers discuss the data of the daybiology.ind
A repository for data about The WELLblair.ind
Discussion of piercing, tattoos, and other forms of body artbodymods.ind
For people who like to read and discuss booksbookclub.ind
Brilliant ideas, crazy inventions, creative solutionsbrainstorm.ind
*BSD* *nixbsd.ind
Let's talk about Burning Manburningman.ind
Whatever involves the whole state gets special attention herecalifornia.ind
Support conference for persons with cancer or caregivers (limited)cancer.indrequest entry
All about chesschess.ind
the city of chicagochicago.ind
More is never enough!chocolate.ind
Food — you gotta love it!chow.ind
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar ... cigar.ind
A place to discuss all types of comedic performancecomedy.ind
Inspired by Michael Pollan’s “How to Change Your Mind,” this conference spans psychiatry, spirituality, drugs, and questions about consciousness. conscious.ind
End of the Cretaceouscretaceous.ind
Crime and detection, in real-life and in the mediacrimescene.ind
Conference for the discussion of relational databases (RDBMs)db.ind
Freewheeling, friendly zone for discussion of sexuality, eroticism, and kinkdesire.ind
Contra Costa, Calif / Diablo Valley reg ional conferencediablo.ind
Artists, musicians and writers working in digital arts mediadigitart.ind
Decluttering, Getting Things Done, and otherwise getting organizeddoingstuff.ind
Software development using the .NET frameworkdotnet.ind
A place to record, discuss, and interpret your dreamsdreams.ind
Economy and ecology. Money theory and history.
A place for electronic music of all kindselectronic.ind
A place to discuss manners and ask questions regarding The Proper Thing To Doetiquette.ind
Erotica, sex talk
(alternate conference name for desire.ind) 
For players of Everquesteverquest.ind
Expatriates — strangers in a strange landexpat.ind
for discussion of the social networking site facebook.comfacebook.ind
The outlands of literature: SF, fantasy, speculative fictionfant.ind
Conference for firearms and related subjectsfirearms.ind
Two men enter, one man leavesflame.ind
About flickrflickr.ind
A conference about fotolog.netfotolog.ind
ANYTHING goes. NO neurotic hosting, no bans, no scribbles ... freefire.ind
Kellie's fun stuff, come visit!fun.ind
A place to discuss the latest in consumer electronics and gadgetrygadgets.ind
A show-by-show discussion of the Grateful Dead’s “Wall of Sound” year: 1974gd74.ind
Tips and talk about genealogy researchgenealogy.ind
Land, sea, air, and distribution of life on the planetgeography.ind
A discussion of all things Germangerman.ind
Sassy place to discuss disability, get help, wail, crack jokesgimp.ind
All about golfgolf.ind
Come and talk, vent, laugh, stress, scream, and inquiregradschool.ind
Express gratitude and discuss the conceptgratitude.ind
Amateur radio on The WELL!hamradio.ind
Do they matter? Are they meaningless?hits.ind
A place to address sustainability at the human scale - at the level of the individualhomeplanet.ind
A place for stack developers, users, and other things Hypercardesquehypercard.ind
Of things Irish/Celticirish.ind
Discussion about Islam with the writers of New Civilisationislam.ind
Israel beyond the conflict: culture, cuisine, history, politics.
an independent conference for anyone with an interest in kidskid.ind
Got rock?krakhaus.ind
Say it loud! I'm left-handed and proud!leftout.ind
A place to tell tall taleslies.ind
Lists, catalogs, directories, indices, inventories, rosters, plans, rolls, logs, bibliographies, and scheduleslists.ind
The lost generationlost.ind
Discussion of low-carb eatinglowcarb.ind
Pamphlets, periodicals, and publicationsmagazines.ind
Hey, you Einsteins! Let's talk math.math.ind
Metal working: welding, forging, cutting, etc.metal.ind
Mobile computing: laptops, PDAs, remote access and the likemobile.ind
All about money: financial planning, tax questions, best bank-vault
Monkey business, etc.monkey.ind
F1 to IRL, Champ Cars to WRC, MotoGP to A1GP, it's all here!motorsport.ind
The Well Muse - Online multi-user hangouts and interactive environments musers.ind
Everything about networking you never wanted to knownetworking.ind
Neurodiversity and the neurodivergentneuro.ind
A place to discuss modern, now, a-go-go musicnewmusic.ind
News around the nation and around the worldnews.ind
This is the most pointless conference on The WELLnihil.ind
A place for aspiring novelists to playnovelistas.ind
all about nutritionnutrition.ind
Discussion of movies from the silents thru the '50soldmovies.ind
A place to discuss Open Source software and the OSS communityopensource.ind
A place to discuss the optical fieldoptical.ind
A place to talk about that magical land called Ozoz.ind
Conference for pagan and neo-pagan chatter and discussionpagan.ind
All about the perl programming languageperl.ind
Discussion of rap music and hip-hop culturephat.ind
Podcasts: this is the place to discuss your favorites. podcast.ind
For pond owners and lovers to compare notes and share informationpond.ind
Conference for the support of user-contributed softwarepublic.ind
Quotes! Of all kinds ...quotes.ind
Conversation with atheists, agnostics, and those with structured religious beliefs.religion.ind
A discussion group to talk about retirement from planning to execution and everything in between.retirement.ind
The peculiarities and pleasures of "country life."rural.ind
Sacramento and the surrounding valleysacto.ind
A home for those born from 10/23 - 11/23scorpio.ind
Like to play Scrabble? Word freak? Want to learn?scrabble.ind
Let's go down! All about SCUBA diving, snorkeling, and so on.scuba.ind
Security: computer, network and other, with a touch of freedomsecurity.ind
Life in the Big Cityslicker.ind
The art of creating and managing the ultimate small businesssolo.ind
A place to discuss anything in Spanish, or anything about the language and the people who speak itspanish.ind
The world of startup companiesstartup.ind
Texas related topics!texas.ind
All things Star Trektrek.ind
Started by Twitter users, now includes Blue Sky, Post, Spoutable et al twitter.ind
UFORUM — a conference devoted to UFOlogy, and related topicsuforum.ind
A supportive place for discussion of issues that affect minority peoplesunity.ind
All about Visual Basic programmingvb.ind
Discussions and support of vegetarian livingveggie.ind
A gathering place for military veterans, families, and friendsveterans.ind
Everybody loves to talk about the weather!weather.ind
Technical discussions of WWW serverswebservers.ind
Discussion of weight lifting and bodybuildingweights.ind
weird.ind (limited)weird.indrequest entry
A conference to talk about, learn and love WINE!wine.ind
Discussion of successful ways writers have landed assignmentswritersmkt.ind
Historical events on this day, arbitrarily and capriciously selected year.ind