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Hello Coders,

I started Code Forum back in October of 2018 - with one goal, to help myself and others learn to code. One year and six months later we are still working towards that goal and have made significant progress. Today, I would like to share some very exciting news; Code Forum has officially reached 400 registered members and with this achievement comes our future plans!

Lets go over some of the new changes and future plans.

  • Coding Challenges - have been re-worked. Lets go over those changes.. Topics of coding challenges will now be taken from (https://codeforum.org/threads/code-challenge-pitch-your-idea.935/) at random that were suggested by you. Time is valuable and so that's why we will try to make the challenges quick but will help test your skills and newly founded knowledge. Code challenges will not only be posted on Code Forum but CodingHelp as well.
  • Code Forum Discord - has been merged with CodingHelp’s Discord server. The reason being is CodingHelp Discord is far more populated than Code Forum’s and is probably better for finding quick help. Our Discord integration will remain the same, connected accounts will be shown with the role ‘CF Member’ on CodingHelp’s Discord server. You will also still receive notifications if you receive a personal message on Code Forum, and last but not least, any new threads and posts will be displayed within designated channels created for Code Forum to keep you updated on any new site posts while using Discord.
  • Community Events - a little while ago I mentioned that Code Forum will start hosting community events e.g. (build apps as a community, develop small games etc). This has ultimately been put on hold until we grow a little larger.
  • Forum Layout - The forum layout has been changed to more of a grid layout. I personally find this to make the sections look cleaner and easier to find.

As we continue to grow, it is important that we as a community work together in keeping our community active. With that being said, I encourage all to post more coding tutorials, guides and references. And, also would really like to emphasize that if you are stuck, don’t hesitate to ask. Better yet, if you have been putting a way at a coding issue and finally found a solution; by all means share it with the community.

Congratulations everyone! :)
 
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To think that we've gotten this far...

But congratulations. With what's going on in the world right now, hopefully it doesn't stop CF from further growth. Activity may continuously fluctuate, but at the end of the day, the site's still alive for as long as it's running.

I'm pleased with the many recent changes done to improve the site and so I look forward to the changes coming in the future.

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Code Forum Discord - has been merged with CodingHelp’s Discord server. The reason being is CodingHelp Discord is far more populated than Code Forum’s and is probably better for finding quick help. Our Discord integration will remain the same, connected accounts will be shown with the role ‘CF Member’ on CodingHelp’s Discord server. You will also still receive notifications if you receive a personal message on Code Forum, and last but not least, any new threads and posts will be displayed within designated channels created for Code Forum to keep you updated on any new site posts while using Discord.

Community Events - a little while ago I mentioned that Code Forum will start hosting community events e.g. (build apps as a community, develop small games etc). This has ultimately been put on hold until we grow a little larger.
In my opinion, both of these are good things to do, especially the Discord. That thing was a dead dog rotting away into bones, and as for community-events, we're still way to small and inactive to do any such thing.

Anyway, I wish the best of luck to the future of CF. If we've managed to be on the web for nearly two years, I'm sure we can aim for five. Maybe longer than that(Provided that forums are still around in the next 5-10 years).
 

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Congratulations everyone! CF started back in October of 2018 - Launched a long time ago.
Code Forum Discord - has been merged with CodingHelp - Good move
Community Events - would love to see more happening.
Forum Layout - Very nice layout. Add more sections when new coding languages are created.
 
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I completely agree Community events were supposed to be farther down the road. But I believe they were brought to life early because of WebWareBox, not saying it was a bad thing it just moved plans around. As for our Discord Server, they are extremely active there at CodingHelp and have the staff to manage their Reddit page and Discord it was probably better if we just merged with theirs.

I hope we can reach 500 by the end of this year too, I think we will be able to make this goal. I appreciate you helping and being active around the community @Mathematical thank you! :) Trust me we will still be running :)
 

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Congratulations everyone! CF started back in October of 2018 - Launched a long time ago.
Code Forum Discord - has been merged with CodingHelp - Good move
Community Events - would love to see more happening.
Forum Layout - Very nice layout. Add more sections when new coding languages are created.
We can only add languages based on if it's trending on Code Forum. Or we will have hundreds of empty forums.
 

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Master Yoda said:
But I believe they were brought to life early because of WebWareBox,
Look deeply into my profile picture to just get an idea of how much I'm internally screaming right now.

But in all seriousness, WebWareBox is now a dead-project walking. I've still to reclaim my rights to it though, but once I do, I will be wiping it out from existence. But it definitely looks like it will be along time waiting for those rights to be re-claimed.

Unless, of course, you want to re-claim it. This time with somebody else spear-heading development. Although, if that's what you want to do, then feel free to help with re-claiming the project. But, you could also simply just fork it if you don't want to waste time. That'd be a much simpler choice.

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I appreciate you helping and being active around the community @Mathematical thank you!
I know that I can sometimes be quite a pain in the ass to work with, but that for sure doesn't stop me from trying to help. I'm glad to have been and continue to be, one of the people trying their best to help keep CF alive.

As I've stated before, CF has potential. We just haven't struck the gold yet, but once we do, we'll definitely be booming. I'm sure of it.

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We can only add languages based on if it's trending on Code Forum. Or we will have hundreds of empty forums.
I agree with this statement. There will be many empty boards if more languages and tools keep on getting added to CF's board-count.

If you want to get an idea of what to add, use sites like the TIOBE Index, Reddit, StackOverflow, and GitHub, simply to get an idea of what's popular. Sites/Communities like them publish statistics every year or do polls every-so-often, as to get an idea of what's trending in CS right now.

If you're going to be adding a new language, work only on the top ten. That means you don't end up adding a tinier and barely noticed language, or one that doesn't get used enough or has fallen out of favour for another language(E.g. Julia or Lisp). For things like tools and frameworks/libraries/APIs, TIOBE doesn't publish anything about them, but SO does, so keep an eye out for SO's report later this year, to see what's popular. You can also work from their 2019 report too, in the meantime.

I personally, wouldn't add languages or tools based on how you see how popular they are. You should always work from the statistics available. Not only that, you should also do polls to see if the users want what you're about to add and ask to see if they know that they're going to use the new boards. Because the last thing you want is to add a new board and nobody showing excitement or the slightest bit of interest in it(This seems to be the case for the JS frameworks - Node.js, Angular, and React - and the JS off-shoot: TypeScript). If nobody shows interest in a board, you're better off removing it until demand starts to show for it.
 

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Look deeply into my profile picture to just get an idea of how much I'm internally screaming right now.

But in all seriousness, WebWareBox is now a dead-project walking. I've still to reclaim my rights to it though, but once I do, I will be wiping it out from existence. But it definitely looks like it will be along time waiting for those rights to be re-claimed.
Well, WebWareBox May come from the dead in the future but not right now. But when we do we should have a standard guideline.


Unless, of course, you want to re-claim it. This time with somebody else spear-heading development. Although, if that's what you want to do, then feel free to help with re-claiming the project. But, you could also simply just fork it if you don't want to waste time. That'd be a much simpler choice.
It’s technically still under CF’s control but however do have plans for it unless you would like to take it back. Just let me know.


I know that I can sometimes be quite a pain in the ass to work with, but that for sure doesn't stop me from trying to help. I'm glad to have been and continue to be, one of the people trying their best to help keep CF alive.

As I've stated before, CF has potential. We just haven't struck the gold yet, but once we do, we'll definitely be booming. I'm sure of it.
And I really appreciate that, you and many others have shown so much support to our community. Perhaps a nice shiny badge should be made for Code Forums founding coders! :)

Does it ever! Code Forum is growing everyday, as long as our goal/mission stays true we will always grow. We will struck gold eventually but after we as a community work for it. That’s why I encourage everyone to help each other out, ask their own questions, create guides and tutorials, create projects with other coders etc.


I agree with this statement. There will be many empty boards if more languages and tools keep on getting added to CF's board-count.

If you want to get an idea of what to add, use sites like the TIOBE Index, Reddit, StackOverflow, and GitHub, simply to get an idea of what's popular. Sites/Communities like them publish statistics every year or do polls every-so-often, as to get an idea of what's trending in CS right now.

If you're going to be adding a new language, work only on the top ten. That means you don't end up adding a tinier and barely noticed language, or one that doesn't get used enough or has fallen out of favour for another language(E.g. Julia or Lisp). For things like tools and frameworks/libraries/APIs, TIOBE doesn't publish anything about them, but SO does, so keep an eye out for SO's report later this year, to see what's popular. You can also work from their 2019 report too, in the meantime.

I personally, wouldn't add languages or tools based on how you see how popular they are. You should always work from the statistics available. Not only that, you should also do polls to see if the users want what you're about to add and ask to see if they know that they're going to use the new boards. Because the last thing you want is to add a new board and nobody showing excitement or the slightest bit of interest in it(This seems to be the case for the JS frameworks - Node.js, Angular, and React - and the JS off-shoot: TypeScript). If nobody shows interest in a board, you're better off removing it until demand starts to show for it.
I think with this Code Forum should only focus on what Code Forums needs are. If we get an influx of requests for forums to be added or perhaps a lot of threads created within the other coding and programming languages then that should warrant the creation of a new board. As I believe that if I were to create forums based of outside statistics that it increases the chances of empty forums.
 
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Master Yoda said:
Well, WebWareBox May come from the dead in the future but not right now. But when we do we should have a standard guideline.
True, it may. But if it does, as you said, some guidelines should be established, alongside well-written documentation. By doing that, development should hopefully be less of a mess than what it was the first time.

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It’s technically still under CF’s control but however do have plans for it unless you would like to take it back.
Sorry, an error(Missing word(s): "We" or "I" - I assume those to be the words missing anyway), makes this sentence hard to interpret. Could you perhaps re-iterate on that?

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And I really appreciate that, you and many others have shown so much support to our community.
You're welcome and I'm sure many others are too. Many others are expected to come and so hopefully, they'll show the same passion and love for this place, as you, me, and many others have done.

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I think with this Code Forum should only focus on what Code Forums needs are. If we get an influx of requests for forums to be added or perhaps a lot of threads created within the other coding and programming languages then that should warrant the creation of a new board. As I believe that if I were to create forums based of outside statistics that it increases the chances of empty forums.
Ah, I see the issues that such a system could cause now.

So, the only data that you'll be working with, is the posts made here on CF, correct?
 

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True, it may. But if it does, as you said, some guidelines should be established, alongside well-written documentation. By doing that, development should hopefully be less of a mess than what it was the first time.
Of course exactly what I meant.


Sorry, an error(Missing word(s): "We" or "I" - I assume those to be the words missing anyway), makes this sentence hard to interpret. Could you perhaps re-iterate on that?
Pardon?


You're welcome and I'm sure many others are too. Many others are expected to come and so hopefully, they'll show the same passion and love for this place, as you, me, and many others have done.
Many others will definitely!


Ah, I see the issues that such a system could cause now.

So, the only data that you'll be working with, is the posts made here on CF, correct?
That is correct.
 

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Sorry if you didn't get what I meant. This is what you said:
It’s technically still under CF’s control but however do have plans for it unless you would like to take it back.
But notice this part:
but however ? do have plans for it
Notice where I've made the text bolder and inserted a question mark? That's where the sentence becomes harder for me to understand, as I believe that you were meant to insert a word like "we" or "I", yet you never inserted it. I'm not insulting your literacy-skills or anything, it's just that I found that sentence as a whole a bit confusing to read. Which is why I'm asking for you to re-iterate what you meant.

Sorry if this is bothering you.
 

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WebWareBox was released on GitHub as open source, so I'm fairly certain it can't just be eliminated from the internet at this point.

As for the thread - Congratulations :) It is great to see so much daily activity. I like being able to login and see notifications each day :)
 

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WebWareBox was released on GitHub as open source, so I'm fairly certain it can't just be eliminated from the internet at this point.
*Eternal screaming.*

Well, you are right. But, your concept of what it could look like and the one that is owned by @williamdev, are essentially the only copies in existence. My copy is long gone at this point.

I don't really know what to do, but if @Master Yoda ever wants to re-claim the project and put it under CF's name again, then I'll gladly discuss that with him. There really is nobody else to pass the project onto and I won't be passing it onto anybody else unless they can prove that they will be devoting time and resources to the project.
 

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I don't remember that we ever gave it up?
Well technically, we did. As long as the project doesn't have a GitHub repository or anywhere to download the files(And also modify those downloaded files to suit the user's website), the project is essentially dead and no longer under CF's name. Also, we need to remember that I had actually given the project to @williamdev. Although, as I've stated multiple times in the past, he's essentially abandoned the project, and hasn't even responded to a single message that I've sent to him. So at this point, with the project-rights no longer under my name, and the project being abandoned by @williamdev, it is essentially up-for-grabs at this point.

At the end of the day, WebWareBox still technically belongs to me, as it was my creation. But whoever it gets passed onto, is it's new owner/lead-developer(Provided that they don't abandon it).

So yeah, CF can essentially re-claim the project as it's own. Although, if that were to happen again, as suggested by you(@Master Yoda) in an earlier reply on this thread, some kind of standard should be set in place, as to prevent development from being screwed-up. There should be a file-structure layout that's followed; a process for sending in commits; what tools should and shouldn't be used to develop the project, all of that stuff. And of course, we also need a lead-maintainer who will lead the development of the project and a co-maintainer, who will step into place in the absence of the lead-maintainer. Once these standards and guidelines are set-up, then that's when work can actually begin on the project. Of course, there will also be many agreements, disagreements, and arguments being made about certain things, so it won't be easy and will perhaps take a while to do.
 

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Well technically, we did. As long as the project doesn't have a GitHub repository or anywhere to download the files(And also modify those downloaded files to suit the user's website), the project is essentially dead and no longer under CF's name. Also, we need to remember that I had actually given the project to @williamdev. Although, as I've stated multiple times in the past, he's essentially abandoned the project, and hasn't even responded to a single message that I've sent to him. So at this point, with the project-rights no longer under my name, and the project being abandoned by @williamdev, it is essentially up-for-grabs at this point.

At the end of the day, WebWareBox still technically belongs to me, as it was my creation. But whoever it gets passed onto, is it's new owner/lead-developer(Provided that they don't abandon it).

So yeah, CF can essentially re-claim the project as it's own. Although, if that were to happen again, as suggested by you(@Master Yoda) in an earlier reply on this thread, some kind of standard should be set in place, as to prevent development from being screwed-up. There should be a file-structure layout that's followed; a process for sending in commits; what tools should and shouldn't be used to develop the project, all of that stuff. And of course, we also need a lead-maintainer who will lead the development of the project and a co-maintainer, who will step into place in the absence of the lead-maintainer. Once these standards and guidelines are set-up, then that's when work can actually begin on the project. Of course, there will also be many agreements, disagreements, and arguments being made about certain things, so it won't be easy and will perhaps take a while to do.
Lets take this to PM... This is becoming off topic.