Frequently Asked Questions

There are a lot of questions I get repeatedly about how to use Tangle, what our mission is, and what this whole thing is about. I've decided to answer a few of them all in one place.

Q: I want to support Tangle, but I don't want to subscribe. Can I donate?

A: Yes, you can leave a tip in our tip jar by clicking here. Thank you!

Q: I'd like to gift someone a subscription to Tangle. Is there a way to do that?

A: Yes! Gifting subscriptions is very popular. You can do that by clicking here.

Q: Who owns Tangle?

A: You do. Tangle is ad-free, investor-free, and 100% independent. We only make money when readers become subscriber (you can subscribe here). Our podcast gets occasional sponsorships but we still don't even make money on producing it. Our only other revenue streams are merchandise sales and donations.

Q: How can I comment on a post?

A: Comments are available for subscribers only. In order to comment, you have to subscribe. Once you subscribe, you can scroll down to the bottom of any post and sign in, then comment. If you are already signed in, you should see a way to comment easily.

Q: I love your logo. Do you have stickers or mugs?

A: Yes! We have an entire merchandise store with shirts, hoodies, stickers, mugs and swag. You can find it by clicking here.

Q: I'm having trouble seeing the blue links on the black background. What is going on?

A: It sounds like you have dark mode on. If you go up to the top right and click the the thing that looks like a tiny moon or a tiny sun, you can toggle between dark and light modes.

Q: Can I listen to Tangle?

A: Yes! We launched a podcast specifically for readers who prefer to listen. It's me, Isaac Saul, Tangle's founder, reading the newsletter. You can find the podcast by clicking here.

Q: Why do I have to subscribe to Tangle?

A: Tangle is completely independent. Unlike other news outlets who have advertisers, sell your data, or sell their souls to make a buck. We survive solely and completely on reader support. We have no investors, no outside influence. The only time you ever might hear an ad is on our podcast. That means in order to make money, we have to ask readers to pay. In return, we give them premium content that they want — and we are entirely accountable to you.

Q: It's obvious to me that people behind Tangle are conservative/liberal or Democrat or Republican or something else, why do you say you are non-partisan?

A: Tangle gets accused of being liberal, conservative, and everything in between every single day. Usually, it's from readers who just started reading, and for whatever reason they felt the first or second post they saw had an ideological tilt.

The reason Tangle is "non-partisan" is because of our format. We give equal airtime to views on the left, right, and in between. Our founder, Isaac Saul, then shares his clearly identified personal opinion. We are not trying to tell you what to think, only to make sure you see a wide variety of perspectives. If you want to learn more about Isaac, you can go to our "About me" page.

Q: I want to subscribe to Tangle, but I can't afford it. What can I do?

We do not want cost to be a barrier for anyone who wants to subscribe to Tangle. If you email isaac@readtangle.com and let me know, we'll gift you a subscription on the house.

Q: Do you take reader submissions?

A: Yup. Write me an email isaac@readtangle.com and we can discuss it!

Q: How do you calculate your read time?

A: We use this tool, and I typically round down a minute with the knowledge that some readers skip certain sections of the newsletter.