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# This is minimal's manifesto

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This manifesto is a guideline to create a more minimal internet experience. Any change made to the user experience by the minimal browser extension will be justified by one of the following rules.
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This manifesto is subject to change by minimal's user community. Any suggestion can be made [here](

## Use
The user must actively make choices by themselves.

### 1) Interactive elements should remain informative and unbiased.
Manipulative interactive elements prevent the user from making their own choices.

### 2) A page must only have one key purpose.
Other functions must be accessed by an action of the user, not forced onto them.

### 3) Shortcuts must link to related content or actions that are hard to access.
There is no need for shortcuts that invite to use services already easily accessible and/or not obviously linked to the main content.

## Content
A user should easily find the content they are searching for on a page, not the content a platform wants them to see.

### 1) The main content of the page should stay the only focus
The user should see the main content first and foremost when landing on a page.

### 2) There should be no suggestions that have no obvious link to the main content.
If a message is not strongly linked to the main content, it is an advertisement either for suggested content or for the platform, or both, and should be signaled as such.

### 3) Additional content must be relevant.  
Displaying additional unasked information can be used to change the behavior of the user.

## Platform
A service provider can convince the user to use their platform, but only through their services' inner quality.

### 1) Logos and branding visuals should remain purely informative.
Colors and graphics must not be used to create some sort of pavlovian conditioning.

### 2) Any curation process should be made in the user's interest.
A platform curation process should only help the user find interesting content. This process, if not properly disclosed, signals that a conflict of interest might be at play.