Trustroots goes invitation only

From today, new members can only join Trustroots by invitation.


Trustroots is growing, we’ve just passed 25’000 members. We recently issued our first member ban. Until now Trustroots has been focused around the hitchhiking community. As we grow, we want to manage the transition to a wider audience carefully.

Right now we simply don’t have the features to support a diverse audience of people with differing values. We want to build on the tribes feature, and add a whole lot more to help with this. But for the time being, we feel that it’s better to keep our growth more focused.


How does the invitation system work?

Members can get invitation codes on the new “invite friends” page. You can send the code to friends who you think are a good fit for the spirit of Trustroots. Please be conscious about who you invite.

How many invites can I send?

There is currently no fixed limit. We’ll see how this model works and update it over time.

How long will this last?

The whole idea is an experiment. As we develop features to better support a wider range of value systems, we’ll open things up.

Won’t that slow growth?

Yes,it might. We think that growing more carefully, even if more slowly, makes more sense than growing too fast and potentially diluting trust within the community.

Help us

We’re ambitious. We want to build the world’s largest digital trust network and to make this happen we need help. We’re looking for people with a practical hands on approach. Read more.

Applying Trustroots values

This is the Trustroots vision statement:

“A world that encourages trust and adventure.”

These are a couple of the rules on

  • Be friendly and know when to stop messaging someone.
  • Be yourself, helpful, kind, responsible and respectful of others.

Behaviour that is not respectful, is rude, aggressive, or discriminatory, does not belong on Trustroots.

First member ban

To that end, Trustroots banned a member today for the first time. The decision wasn’t taken lightly, but it was taken quickly. We received a report, discussed with both members involved, and ultimately felt that one member was clearly behaving outwith the Trustroots spirit.

We hope that over time we can build features that reward respectful behaviour, and disincentivise the opposite. It looks like the network is reaching the size where trust features are becoming increasingly important. We hope to experiment with some innovative ideas in that space over the next year.

Hitchwiki + Trustroots Install Party


We’re in Berlin hacking on both and codebases.

If you’d like to see how to get these projects running locally on your computer and volunteer working on them, come over and we’ll show you exactly how!

Useful knowledge for Hitchwiki:

  • PHP
  • Javascript
  • MediaWiki

Useful knowledge for Trustroots:

  • Javascript
  • NodeJS
  • AngularJS
  • MongoDB
  • ExpressJS
  • ElasticSearch

You could also be interested in starting to write a native mobile app either for Trustroots or Hitchwiki.


Please install Docker so we don’t need to spend time tinkering on that at the weekend. (Learning Docker’s concepts helps, too.)

We’ll be in West-Kreuzberg. If you’d like to join comment here or write Mikael ( and we’ll tell you the exact address.

If you can’t join at the weekend, we can meet also on Monday or Tuesday.

If you’re elsewhere in Germany and would like to meet, write us and we’ll see if we can make it happen.

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