If I’ve learned anything about community in the last 10 years working at Discourse, it is that all lasting community comes from a place of shared leadership, not merely by the people at the top, but including everyone who regularly participates. Everyone deserves a voice, and to be heard.
I want to take this opportunity to say a genuine thank you to @codinghorror. As he notes, Discourse is a team and community effort. Jeff has been a critical part of that team and community. It would not exist without him.
If Discourse had not existed, the last seven years of my life, and those I’ve worked with, would have been the worse for it. It has been the most important thing in my working life for that time. A source of learning, discussion, friendship, mentorship, income, and a new organization.
When you run a company you often think about the livelihoods you’re responsible for. Those thoughts can stir both pride and anxiety. Jeff, you should be proud of what you’ve done for the lives and livelihoods of many. I, as I’m sure are many others, am grateful.
How time flies. It feels like yesterday when Discourse was just starting out. And now even if one hasn’t been able to pay that much attention to the product over the years, one sees more and more forums using it in the wild, with so many awesome and thoughtful features that actually improve, well, discourse rather than serving someone’s shady ulterior motives, which is what the experience on the centralized social media platforms feels like these days.
I’m sure there is still a to-do list to fill another decade or two, but this already feels like yet another mission accomplished Congratulations!
Congratulations @sam and @HAWK ! It’s good to know Discourse will continue to develop and grow into something bigger and better than first envisioned all those years ago. And also a big thank you to @codinghorror for sharing this dream from the very start.
Congratulations to @HAWK and @sam - I look forward to seeing the next stage of Discourse’s growth
Also, thanks to @codinghorror for getting Discourse started, and building the team that’s brought it to this point. It’s always been a product with a strong vision behind it, and a lasting impact on how many different communities interact. I appreciate all the work that’s gone into it so far.
Heh, I keep it on the down low. Back in the days when I was a baby software developer, the internet wasn’t always a safe place for young, female devs so I hid behind my surname for androgyny and it stuck.
I feel you. The social construct doesn’t permeate the anonymous internet. For better or worse. It could be dangerous without making dialogues. Thanks to bringing up androgyny, there is no limit for men or women to be an individual. This is so interesting. I like that to happen more and more in various ways.
For clarity, I don’t consider myself androgynous and don’t mean to belittle or confuse the concept, but it felt safer for people to assume that I was male at the time. I found that I got way less requests for photos.