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Peter Frank
Peter Frank

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Are you planning on building a community with Forem?

Welcome to Forem.dev!

Are you planning on building a community with Forem? If so, use this thread to discuss with your fellow community builders who are in a similar position.

Some questions to kick-start conversation:

  • Who will your community serve?
  • Does it exist already, or are you starting something new?
  • What gets you excited about building with Forem?
  • Do you have any specific feature requests?

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Preet Singh #5to9Conf

Yes, so looking forward to trying it out! Plan to move our 6000+ designer community out of slack and was looking at Circle.

However, DEVs customized features have me more excited. I like that I can build a standalone native-like community platform using Forem, instead of another "a community on XYZ platform with community switcher".

I haven't explored all features yet to ask for new ones, but as long as you have a good zapper integration, my life as a non developer would be much easier ✨

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Ben Halpern

I think being open source is going to be the key differentiator between us, circle, and everything in-between.

Every component of Forem is up for scrutiny and open development.

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Preet Singh #5to9Conf

Absolutely Ben! That's what has me quite excited about Forem!

To confirm, is the open source Forem something I can clone and start building with?

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Preet Singh #5to9Conf

Absolutely Ben! That's what has me super excited too! :)

Just to confirm, is the open source version already something I could start building with? 👀

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Kirill So 🇸🇬 ✌

Same question, super excited for Forem and have been deciding between Circle as well. However I am a non-dev so not sure how complicated it will get with the setup and maintenance.

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Raquel Smith

Hooray! So excited about using Forem! I want to use it for a product management community. I don't have a community yet, but I'm considering partnering with someone with an existing community to get to kicked off.

I've loved the dev Forem and think it really feels like a community. People use slack for "communities" but it really butchers the intent. I love how purpose-built Forem is!

Specific feature requests: just get it ready for use! ♥️

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Angelos Arnis

Building a community of designers around responsible and holistic design. The community exists and started with a conference we did last year in Helsinki that saw 700 people joining from all over the world. We want to transition our ways of engagement with that community because the conference was only an introduction. A platform where people can really start taking ownership and produce content is the right one and particularly a platform that is open source and accessible to all. So I am so excited to get to do that with Forem

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Maarten Goddijn

Hi everyone!

My name is Maarten (32yo) and I am based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

As I am looking to build an online school for spiritual training based mostly on Yoga philosophy, I came across Forem. Having been a big fan of Open Source since my early teens, it resonates.

The platform will be either paid subscription or invite only, since it will be used for communication with people who will be already students.

Currently there are no community members yet, as the school is still in preparation stage. It will be non-commercial, only low range fees will be asked for the courses offered.

As a young teenager I hosted a 200+ member forum for a few years using Invision Board forum software. This was PHP and MySQL based and was quite easy to install on the webhosting I was using. Self-hosting Forem would be great, although I am not sure if I have the right amount of required skills. Therefore I would like to find out more about Forem Cloud hosting or would perhaps self-host in the future if it has become easier for IT laymen.

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Ella Ang (she/her/elle)

Hej @maartengoddijn dat klinkt gezellig!

We recommend checking out @coffeecraftcode's intro to self-host to get a feel for the process and its requirements. That might help you figure out if it's for you, or whether Forem Cloud is a better option.

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Ron Sheridan

thank you for this post!

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Maarten Goddijn

And my compliments on your Dutch. Are you a speaker or just a few words?

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Ella Ang (she/her/elle)

Very much just a few words! I lived and worked in The Netherlands for a few years, dus ik kan een beetje Nederlands spreken maar niet zo veel.

Happy to see you've started exploring the self-hosting option with Google Cloud! You've been doing a great job asking your questions in the thread, so keep it up! Sending you some encouragement!

Have a little encourage-mint!

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Maarten Goddijn • Edited

That's very kind ☺️🙏 dankjewel!

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Maarten Goddijn • Edited

Eventually managed to install it fairly easily using @akhil 's t2d script, after having struggled a lot with google cloud.

It will take some time to set everything up, but should be available through: community.schoolofrajayoga.org/

Taking my time ;-)

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Ella Ang (she/her/elle)

Nice one! I love that you paid attention to all the details ☺️

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Maarten Goddijn

Thanks! 😄 I guess I will do that even more in the future. Once I've managed to get SMTP working there's many more tiny things to set up...

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Maarten Goddijn

Thanks will have a look 🙏

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Michael Tharrington

This is such an awesome idea for a community!

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Maarten Goddijn

Thanks! Will post a link here when it's up in the air.

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Daniel da Rocha

I am so giddy about Forem and its future.

Me and my partner-in-crime Maria are building the largest community for architects (as in buildings, not software ;) in Berlin.

We started as a MeetUp group and now we want to take ownership of our platform and make a real home for all our members. We've been slowly building our website (architecturalnetworks.com/berlin and one of the main things we want to have/offer is a DEV.to-style forum, as our CTA is "Exchange Knowledge," of which we think there is just too little in our profession. We believe Forem is the most interesting platform for that, as it fosters not only knowledge exchange but also a sense of community.

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Elijah Lynn

Super interested in your effort. I have been fantasizing about building an open source community for architects and builders. My mom is an architect and her industry is just so closed. We can have better designs and better structures if architecture was more open! I am checking out your website....

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Ildi • Edited

Hello from Toronto! Very happy to join the awesome community that is Forem!

I'm the founder and editor of 1vibe.com. We strive to be the front page of hip-hop and would like to grow into a community of curators and music enthusiasts who enjoy discovering/sharing the latest stories in the industry. We launched our new website in April and chose to build it using Wordpress. 1VIBE was inspired by sites like techmeme.com, getpocket.com/explore, redef.com, producthunt.com, and indiehackers.com.

Since April I have learned a lot about content curation and how to run a newsroom with very limited resources. I've been trying to soak up as much as I can about content curation, SEO, topic modeling algorithms, API's, data analytics and anything that can give a newsroom/media company an edge.

When I learned that the application used to build dev.to was going to be open-sourced and I would be able to use it to build my own community, I got really hyped. I'm a big fan of reddit.com/r/hiphopheads but I think subreddits have many limitations and I think a lot can be improved on the experience that they offer. Using Forem, I am confident we can give hip-hop fans a better home.

I grew up spending a lot of time participating in online forums/communities and have owned a few of my own in the past. I love what Forem is doing with many features like the feed, tags, podcasts, and user profiles. I geek out over tools/platforms that do a really good job with organizing and filtering large amount of content. I'm also big on ux/ui and Forem is a pleasure to use and navigate.

A feature that would be cool is the ability to create newsfeeds that pull live content from websites, twitter, and youtube. I'm a huge fan of RSS, it's a shame that it doesn't get more love. A community like 1VIBE for example, would pull all new posts from sites like Vice, Billboard, Genius, Complex etc and present it on a page. It would also be nice if individual users could turn on/off each individual website rss feed, giving them the ability to curate/filter their own newsfeed. I think with a feature like this one, we would no longer need the current 1vibe.com wordpress website and can switch everything to Forem.

Im also a big fan of live chat, push notifications, and newsletters. I'm glad to see that Forem is already building out notifications and email newsletter features. I've always been curious and thought there is a lack of tools/products that help someone embed a community/live chat directly inside a website. Example sidecar.gitter.im. It would be interesting to hear what others think about live chat vs private chat/messaging features. I know that Forem already supports sending msgs between two users who mutually follow each other.

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Ildi

I just discovered the "Publishing from RSS" feature. Looks like there is already interest in pulling content from individual RSS feeds into Forem. Would be cool to expand further on RSS features such as what I described above.

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volanar • Edited

Support for YouTube channels and videos is a great way to enrich your community with content. A similar functionality was implemented in the community based on the social engine. I could add thousands of videos from YouTube and other sites socialengine.com/store/product/adv....
For chat, I recommend using integration with the open source app rocket.chat github.com/forem/forem/issues/10420

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Alexis Moody

Yea! I volunteer for the International Quidditch Association, the international governing body for the sport of quidditch. Our direct constituents are the governing bodies for each country or culturally significant region (i.e Catalonia or Hong Kong). But we directly communicate with and effect the thousands of players, coaches, referees, volunteers, and fans around the world that make this sport so wonderful.

Historically the community has only existed on Facebook groups, and briefly (early on in the sport) a self hosted forum. This is problematic for a variety of reasons, but the main concern is the inability to keep everyone connected in one easy to find platform.

To me, the prospect of rebuilding our community on Forem is imperative to the future of the sport. So yea, I'm pretty excited about the capabilities here.

One thing that is imperative to the adoption of our community is decoupling authentication from Github/Twitter. The main goal is to remove as many barriers of entry to the sport, so requiring social media to join our community is a little counterintuitive to that goal. One thought I had is that we could have an invitation only system, essentially once you register as a member of a national governing body you get a sign up link to community.iqasport.com, otherwise you can register through social media. But the simplest path forward is probably something like okta or one login so more OAuth integrations are possible around the world.

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Rabbi Shuki Gur

So we have a community of a few hundred Israeli Jewish religious developers, and are looking for a platform that would be a home for the community which is currently communicating via WhatsApp groups.

I am really exited about the option to build on the Forem platform, and looking forward to the translation and RTL challenges that are coming our way.

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Jean-Christophe Helary

• The "Mac for Translators" blog + mailing list thing that I launched 13 years ago
• would love to find a place that's more friendly than blogger + google mail lists.
• I'm not an easily excited person so I'm not sure about this third point but I like dev.to.
• no(t yet)

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Adrian Resler • Edited

Yo!

So I was thinking about the community focused around the CrossFit.

Current pain point from my perspective is that the CrossFit is popular in North America but not so popular in the rest of the world. There are great portals like morningchalkup.com/ that provide great and smart content but they are not enough popular in my opinion in Europe, Asia or South America.

The longterm mission would be to provide a space focused around the CrossFit lifestyle. Where people could discuss and find useful content about mental health, fitness, CrossFit competitions around the world, information about local places where you can train CrossFit, local CrossFit competitions, how to do exercises properly, equipment reviews, tutorials and advices about how to become professional trainer, athlete, CrossFit gym owner or simply a healthier person.

I think that it's a good opportunity since CrossFit has a new CEO Eric Roza (twitter.com/rozaeric?lang=en) and CrossFit goes towards good direction which is about people, community and spreading the healthy life style.

Who will your community serve?

People familiar with crossfit but also people who wants to get familiar and people want to have a healthy lifestyle

Does it exist already, or are you starting something new?

I'm starting something new

What gets you excited about building with Forem?

It gets me exited that I could participate in the open source. I'm a software engineer and I'd love to help if there is a need or possibility

Do you have any specific feature requests?

Nope. I can try to implement somebody else's feature request

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Pujan Modha

Hey, I lives in india and at here there are some exams conducted every year for college addmission. Two major exams are called JEE and NEET but unfortunately there is no platform for them. Even I suffered from this problem. So I want that approx 5 million students can discuss about this exams at one place. So I want to create forum based on forem.

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chasocrates

Hi Forem community!

The next stage of our internet is about togetherness. We're here to echo this need through sports.

Given the changing and social media chokehold on day-to-day activity, most notably amongst sports of all nature, the prosumer (consumers + producers) has entered as the new future of sports fan.

Opposite to the fan-blogger like Bill Simmons, as the producer of the product and actively digesting the same content as the consumer reading it (playing Draftkings, etc.) - the engagement with subscribers or new followers has proven more effective by a prosumer.

We want to build a platform for content creators to own their content, protect their brand and monetize their product. Rewriting the brand-consumer relationship by adding in producers.

VISION: Do to sports media what Netflix did to Hollwood.

What gets us excited about Forem?

Our founders are non-developers so building the MVP has been challenging. We planned on fundraising in order to build it. We built a prototype using dev.to as one of main sources of inspiration.

Little did we know the team at Forem would provide such a perfect opportunity to build!

We're looking to expand our community to those outside of the fantasy sports industry. If anybody would like to learn more about our company please don't hesitate to reach out!

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Chris Low

Stumbled upon Forem in my quest to move 10k+ developers from Asia out of a Facebook group and boy am I glad to have found y'all!

I have yet to finish reading about Forem and its features but so far, I'm loving it!

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Ella Ang (she/her/elle)

So glad you found us, @itschrislow 😁

If you have any questions about how Forem works and how to find your way around this Forem in particular, feel free to reach out to me or any of the rest of the Forem team!

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Chris Low

Will do, thanks! I filled up the interest form to operate a Forem, is that still valid or do we just fork the repo and go from there?

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Ella Ang (she/her/elle)

If you filled out the form you will be contacted, but of course we won't stop you forking our open source repo!

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Aaron Martinez

Hi my name is Aaron. I'm the founder of a news organization and crypto project called HEADLINE. We're using artificial intelligence and proof of stake blockchains to create a next-generation unbiased news platform. We have 3500 account holders and growing rapidly. A key project feature will be an integrated social media portal that operates under similar unbiased guidelines. When I discovered Forem I was absolutely blown away by it. It is (IMO) a superior product to Facebook.

I've always believed that a major underlying problem with Facebook is the idea that social media platforms should be infinitely scalable. Niche communities are far more healthy and productive environments, just look at Reddit for example. You can have 10 million people in a subreddit but the quality of interaction is often much greater because members are motivated to enhance discussion not detract from it.

But until now there was no legitimate alternative to the big show. The fact that Forem developers are making it open source is astonishing. If social media life cycles are iterative, then Forem could very well be social media 4.0. Blogspot/Xanga, MySpace, Facebook/Twitter, Forem.

To summarize, I just want to say that I think Forem might be one of the most impressive products, with the most potential that I've ever seen on the internet. Now if only I could spin up a demo without ripping my hair out.

Last night I spent about 8 hours trying with Gitpod, Heroku, and VSCode. What made it even more frustrating is that Dev.To has a one-click spinup for their proprietary version. Would love to see this made available for Forem's third party devs. Here's a few links to the HEADLINE project:

headline.dev
headline.dev/wp-content/uploads/fi...
reddit.com/r/HEADLINECrypto/
algoexplorer.io/asset/137594422

Will keep you guy updated on my progress!

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Roger Kemp

Hey there, I've been thinking about creating a community for a particular group of people for a long time. Used to run one in the 00s, sold it when Facebook came along.

It's a small community of aviation photographers and forem would be part of a platform:

  • Magazine
  • Forum
  • Archive

We're looking into several open source solutions and possibly building our own (we're a software development team).

Also interested in helping out with forem dev.

Looking forward to see where this is headed!

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Ron Sheridan

I'm incredibly excited about FOREM as I am ready to create a community/marketplace for Bass Guitar enthusiasts.

I already own the ideal domain (imo) BassGuitar.com, which currently redirects to a Facebok page: facebook.com/BassGuitarDotCom - and has 17k+ followers and 1 great content editor who manages the page.

Since I am not a developer I need to find people who are interested in and able to help starting on the dev side.

Once I get the BassGuitar.com communitiy live, my plan to then build and launch a similar community for Guitar Enthusiasts since I own UsedGuitars.com, GuitarPlayers.com and GuitarStore.com.

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George X.

I'm excited about forem, I'm building a community for hackers, hak.to, I'm currently creating a discord server, with 30 members, I hope to gather more people. For the moment this is the project of one person, but I believe I will find open-minded people to join me on this journey!

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Elijah Lynn

I am building a community for friends I want to mentor to be open source software engineers and double their salaries. I was going to create a Discord community but then realized they don't even have a native data export feature. And I really wanted to be able to provide public READ access for public search, and Discord doesn't natively support export to make that possible.

Just wanted to share that with you in case you wanted to make your data public as well.

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Raffaele Pizzari • Edited

Hello everyone :)
I'm very happy to be here.

I'm going to use the "kick-start conversation" questions :)

Who will your community serve?
Our mission is to inspire everyone to succeed in technology careers and our primary goal is to be inclusive to the largest number of contributors, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible.

Does it exist already, or are you starting something new?
I founded a community called CodeJourneys few months ago and it's still in it's early stage: more or less 400 users on Slack and we are weekly hosting "live coding sessions" about frontend-development related topics.

What gets you excited about building with Forem?
I think it's a perfect tool for a community or learners!
And I really love the community behind it and I'd love to be part of it.

Do you have any specific feature requests?
Not yet :)

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Dawood Khan Masood

I would love to integrate but the installation process is a nightmare..

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Rajesh Kumar

I am looking for this from last 6+ months. please do intimate us if we can go ahead and setup forem. If You would give us go ahead., We would do so. thanks.

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krissanawat101

I'm looking for a buiding community for React Native Dev currently operate on the Facebook group . Forem give fresh experience it's super fast more than other CMS . really love it and become an early adopter soon

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Adrian Resler

Yo!

So I was thinking about the community focused around the CrossFit.

Current pain point from my perspective is that the CrossFit is popular in North America but not so popular in the rest of the world. There are great portals like morningchalkup.com/ that provide great and smart content but they are not enough popular in my opinion in Europe, Asia or South America.

The longterm mission would be to provide a space focused around the CrossFit lifestyle. Where people could discuss and find useful content about mental health, fitness, CrossFit competitions around the world, information about local places where you can train CrossFit, local CrossFit competitions, how to do exercises properly, equipment reviews, tutorials and advices about how to become professional trainer, athlete, CrossFit gym owner or simply a healthier person.

I think that it's a good opportunity since CrossFit has a new CEO Eric Roza (twitter.com/rozaeric?lang=en) and CrossFit goes towards good direction which is about people, community and spreading the healthy life style.

Who will your community serve?

People familiar with crossfit but also people who wants to get familiar and people want to have a healthy lifestyle

Does it exist already, or are you starting something new?

I'm starting something new

What gets you excited about building with Forem?

It gets me exited that I could participate in the open source. I'm a software engineer and I'd love to help if there is a need or possibility

Do you have any specific feature requests?

Nope. I can try to implement somebody else's feature request

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hope smith

I'm looking forward to and am so excited for Forem! I'm looking to start a 100% open-sourced bootstrap template community running on Forem!

I love Forem's ultra-customize-able features, as well as just the fact that it seems like an all-in one software!

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Loren McIntyre • Edited

Who will your community serve?

I want to blog (and read blogs of friends), but in a shared space with open/fluid membership. I want to invite people I meet, have friends invite others. The subjects of the forum can be chosen from what emerges.

Does it exist already, or are you starting something new?

We already host chat amongst ourselves, and we budded of from a long-standing university student group providing tech services and hosting for campus students, groups, and a few staff, professors, and research groups. I would like it to be a ~tech focused group of friends. A step below a loomio.org-style cooperative enterprise.

What gets you excited about building with Forem?

The particular style of posts, timeline, and tagging, and the use/behavior of dev.to I've observed so far. It provides a good enough foundation that people can trust it as a repository of knowledge where they write, or seek thoughtful writing. It places medium- to long-form content first.

It's twitter (tags, timeline, follow) but not limited to ~trivial length. It's facebook (timeline, profile, "posts" sizings) but not centered on a person, and a [real name], but instead a valued aspect of identity.

Do you have any specific feature requests?

I have one right now as I'm composing. A select-to-quote in response to posts. e.g. so that I could select your bulleted list, click "quote" and draft a response framed directly around it. Or in general, respond directly to, and engage more deeply with posts.

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Bonafide

I just found this forem yesterday while browsing google for opensource forum software. Neat and clean forum. I started this blog/forum website pitalk.com but i feel like something is missing. I run a small community group on facebook with almost 4k members and growing. I love the design of this forum and I hope I can try it out.

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software Devlpr

Hi🙂. I’m interested in building a community with forem.

  • It will serve students and developers but mostly students.

  • Yes it does exist.

  • The fact that the students can have a place that’s user friendly and can ask anything or publish and not have any issues with it. And growing their network too. And even after a year whatever information they asked about or shared will still be there.

  • speacial features? Might be a bit too much but🙂 Categorised weekly/monthly challenges and students/users can solve and maybe get a badge after🙂.

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Anuj Deshpande

Hi
I am Anuj and I am a hardware engineer based out of India. I studied computer engg, and work on things like Raspberry Pi, ESP32, and so on.
I used to be a part of this community called IHSN (Indian Hardware Startup Network) and it was active around 2017-18. It moved to facebook from Discourse, and that changed how people used it and it left a void in the community. I think forem would be perfect to rebuild something like that which has localized information for how to build products in India.

Who will your community serve?

Hardware engineers & designers working on building physical products

Does it exist already, or are you starting something new?

Something new

What gets you excited about building with Forem?

The focus on being a welcoming community

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volanar • Edited

Hi. I suggest that developers create a feature request section where members can vote for the feature with likes and comments

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wendydevolder

me too, am so excited - but only just getting started with exploring Forem so no questions yet... more updates in the coming weeks :-)