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[closed] We're looking for volunteers to help build and maintain the forum

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The people who will take on the new role have now been selected, and know who they are.

 

My time constraints have meant that a lot of ideas and suggestions end up getting dropped just because I just don't have the time for it. To help address that, we are now looking for people who are willing to put a bit of time towards operating the forum, in an unpaid role. Ideally, I will take on 2-3 people.

 

You can read a bit more about the tech stack that we use for the forum in this blog post.

 

Positions

 

There are a few broad categories of work that we're looking for. These aren't strict categories - if you're interested in all of them, that's great, and if you think you can offer something genuinely useful but which doesn't fit into any of these categories then that may also be ok.

 

Design and front end development

HTML+CSS

 

The look of the forum has been largely unchanged since 2016 (although there are some fairly big changes coming soon due to changes to the upstream theme), and it would benefit from some more care and attention from people more design-oriented than me.

 

The role would involve identifying areas of the forum that don't look great, then designing and implementing changes to the theme to make them better - major restructuring changes are sometimes not feasible due to the theme framework, but there is a wide scope for changes within individual components. It would also involve merging changes from the IPS default theme back into the LTT theme to get the latest bug fixes and enhancements, and testing that everything still works - most of the work here is handled by git, but there are frequently conflicts that need to be resolved manually.

 

Back end/full stack development

PHP, optionally with a small amount of HTML, CSS and Javascript

 

There are lots of features that people have suggested over the years, and some of them are even good ideas.

 

The role would involve building everything from small enhancements (such as showing the subforum in the recent topics list) to large new functionality (such as the upcoming rewrite of status updates from the ground up), and maintaining them against the moving target of the forum software. It also involves debugging issues, both in your own code and in others (the best way to get IPS to fix a gnarly bug is to give them the root cause), and making sure that you don't introduce any security vulnerabilities.

 

Server administration

CentOS

 

The server is surprisingly hands-off for serving over 100k unique visitors per day, but I'm no sysadmin so I'm sure there's a bunch of things that are set up in totally wrong ways.

 

The role here involves generally just be keeping the server running and secure, and you can make of it whatever you want. So far, I've done about the bare minimum needed to get things running, so there's plenty of scope for automation and scripting, as well as containerization, virtualization, or whatever takes your fancy (but remember that that the forum is just running on one server, so if you break it, you will also have to fix it). If you just want to keep things ticking over as they are, that's cool too. Elsaticsearch has caused us a reasonable amount of pain over the last few years, so if you know how to tame it then I want to hear from you.

 

DevOps

Mixture of technologies

 

Automate all the things! The Invision Community framework was not designed for testing, and makes tests quite difficult, so my aspiration is that we build a testing framework that overcomes those limitations. This would also cover things like the tools for automatically updating the repo when a new Invision Community release is available.

 

General Requirements

 

If you're interested in helping out, please make sure you can spend a few hours helping out with the forum in most weeks (on average - being unavailable during school time but having lots of time available during breaks should also be ok). This is a voluntary position, but Invision Community has over 400k lines of code so ramping up will not be quick.

 

Initially, I will also act as a product manager, helping to gather suggestions and guide the path forwards. However, over time I intend that everyone is willing to come up with their own ideas for things to change, and to interact with the community on suggestions and feedback.

 

You will need to work self-guided - time zones and availability will mean that there will often not be anyone around who can answer questions or tell you what to do next. Communication will be through Slack.

 

Who we're aiming for

 

We're not looking for people who have no programming experience, or who are just starting out with programming. I encourage you to keep going with it, but helping out with the forum will not be the right environment for learning the basics.

 

However, we are open to people who have worked on a few decently sized personal projects and understand the importance of structured, maintainable code, and are looking to work on something a bit more real-world. For these people, I hope that working on the forum can present an opportunity to grow and learn a lot more about Software Engineering, but in return they must be willing and able to learn quickly.

 

We are also open to people who have more experience to bring to the table, for whom the forum might be a side project or a way to try out some different technologies.

 

This isn't an opportunity to get rich, but it is a way of giving back to the community, building your skills, and getting a reference for jobs/university/etc.


FAQs

 

Why do you use PHP? PHP sucks, x is much better. Yes, PHP is a very bad language, but we are constrained by the forum software that we're using. If I rewrote everything from scratch tomorrow, I would probably use Go, but I would also be here a very long time.

 

I don't know PHP, can I still help? If you have a reasonable amount of experience with other languages, PHP shouldn't be too hard to pick up. The code is fairly similar to Java, although without types.

 

Why don't you just open source everything, so everyone can contribute? The forum software is proprietary, and owned by IPS, so we can't open source that. Without the forum software itself, there's not much use in open sourcing the rest, and doing so would come with its own set of problems. Also, due to the size of the codebase, it would be better to have a few people who have ownership and understand the code, rather than a bunch of contributors who only understand it superficially.

 

Why only have a small number of people? What one developer can do in one week, two developers can do in two weeks. Having lots of people would mean that I have to spend even more time trying to organise things (and less time keeping the forum going or directly helping people to ramp up), at least at the beginning, and that won't end up being a good experience for anyone. Also, giving 30 people access to the forum software would almost certainly breach our license agreement.

 

Will I be a moderator? No, although it isn't mutually exclusive with being a moderator.

 

Will I get to interact with LMG much? No. LMG are very hands-off with the forum, so you should assume that there will be virtually no interaction.

 

Does this let me work on Floatplane too? No.

 

I don't use the forum, can I still apply? Being an existing forum user is not an absolute requirement, but it is definitely quite beneficial - it's hard to find things to improve if you're not already using it. If you got the role, you would be required to at least use the meta sections of the forum (Bugs and Issues & Forum Suggestions).

 

When will I hear back? It depends how many people apply, but I anticipate that it will take several weeks. We aim to email everyone with a decision once it has been made.

 

Can I put this on my resume? Yes.

 

If I do this, will I get a forum badge? Yes.

 

Will there be meetings to attend or paperwork to fill in? You will have to agree not to share the forum's code, but otherwise there won't be paperwork. Depending on what people want and how availability works out, we might have a biweekly or monthly meeting to keep everyone in sync on what's being worked on, but that is not decided yet; most communication will be in Slack, although especially towards the beginning there will be more voice/video calls to get ramped up.

 

Will I get woken up in the middle of the night when things break? No, unless you want to. The forum is generally pretty stable, and most outages are either load related or out of our control, so we're not likely to need any specific person to investigate.

 

Will there be deadlines to meet? No, any changes will only be released when they're ready, with no pressure to get it done for a specific date (although sometimes it can be helpful to set yourself a target).

 

How will I test my changes? Everyone will install a local version of the forum software on their machine (Windows, MacOS and Linux should all work), so they can make and test changes easily. No testing in prod please!

 

Are there any conflict of interest rules? As long as you're doing things for the benefit of the forum/community rather than for anyone else, and you're not being paid by anyone else for your time, there shouldn't be any issues. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to me by PM.

 

What's the privacy policy for the data that I submit in the application process? Unless otherwise noted, all data submitted in the application process will be available only to the forum admin team and Linus Media Group, and will only be used in connection with the hiring process. Your information will not be shared with third parties, and it will be deleted once the hiring process has finished.

 

I have a question that isn't answered here. Post questions in this topic (preferred), or send me a PM. Note that this will probably make me quite busy, so it might take me some time to get to your question.

 

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I've been looking forward to this! Continuing to build my personal site in the background. Hope I can help bring some of these good ideas to life in the near future!

 

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Why is LMG, a for-profit company, asking people to work for them for free? Are they in such financial distress that they can't afford to give their worker's even a minimum wage?

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Just now, Energycore said:

The forum does not give LMG any profit at all.

 

The small number of ads barely cover the server costs. If you don't feel like giving back, you don't have to :)

Doesn't matter if they specifically make any money from the forum. Support forums for other companies aren't profitable, but HP, Bose and whoever else absolutely pay their forum developer/support employees. LMG should be no exception.

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2 minutes ago, Vitamanic said:

Why is LMG, a for-profit company, asking people to work for them for free? Are they in such financial distress that they can't afford to give their worker's even a minimum wage?

It's common that corporations & companies don't pay moderators & similar remote workers.

These are low barrier to entry jobs & are more of a serious hobby & model community members.

 

Some companies do give gifts to model community members/moderators, but it's probably never been straight money. Usually an exclusive T-Shirt, mouse pads, coffee mugs & other "Thank you for volunteering your time to us."

1 minute ago, Vitamanic said:

Doesn't matter if they specifically make any money from the forum. Support forums for other companies aren't profitable, but HP, Bose and whoever else absolutely pay their forum developer/support employees. LMG should be no exception.

Positions like this are typically entry points to companies, so it's like a long term job application.

I doubt anyone working as an admin for LTT forum will work at LTT as programmers are not needed for their major work/income. However, other companies do sometimes take the fact that you worked on their community as serious incentive to hire them. It's also a great portfolio piece. LTT could easily contract this work out to a company, but people like me see it as a great portfolio piece that'd shine on their portfolio setting them up for positions at companies.

 

If one gets accepted to work on this forum, & keep at it for 6 months to a year (minimum) then LMG will have gotten them a free job launching their career by giving them hands on experience with a real system. Scarcely any other college graduates will have something as bright as "I worked on the #1 computer YouTube channel's official forum using X, Y, Z technologies. I have job experience & am not some inexperienced college graduate."

 

Because of this, anyone that works on this forum for their portfolio might not start out as entry level. They may start their first job at intermediate level pay. Really, this is a wonderful opportunity for anyone looking to get into web technologies & networking/database related fields.

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18 minutes ago, Vitamanic said:

Doesn't matter if they specifically make any money from the forum. Support forums for other companies aren't profitable, but HP, Bose and whoever else absolutely pay their forum developer/support employees. LMG should be no exception.

LMG is rather hands off when it comes to the forum. The day to day operations are run completely by volunteers such as Mortis and your helpful mods since...well since the Forum began. It's a completely community driven community which is what makes it so great and not corporate like the forums you've mentioned. 

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58 minutes ago, Vitamanic said:

Doesn't matter if they specifically make any money from the forum. Support forums for other companies aren't profitable, but HP, Bose and whoever else absolutely pay their forum developer/support employees. LMG should be no exception.

Support forums for those companies may not earn them a profit but they are nevertheless financially incentivized to run them. Forums for tech companies can help their customers solve common problems and can therefore significantly reduce RMAs and the load on their customer service department. 

 

The only possible incentive for LMG is that this forum advertises its channels to the forum's users (both registered users and those who stumble upon this forum through Google). However, I don't think the advertisement for this forum really adds many viewers.

 

I think it's fair to say that this forum's relationship to LMG is more along the lines of "we like your channel and what it stands for so we bring that spirit to the forum and you like this community and so you'll advertise your channel here and invest in paying for the servers." Other than that, I think the forum is pretty detached from the channel.

 

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1 hour ago, Vitamanic said:

Why is LMG, a for-profit company, asking people to work for them for free? Are they in such financial distress that they can't afford to give their worker's even a minimum wage?

1 hour ago, Vitamanic said:

Doesn't matter if they specifically make any money from the forum. Support forums for other companies aren't profitable, but HP, Bose and whoever else absolutely pay their forum developer/support employees. LMG should be no exception.

Forum Moderators are not Employees of LMG, we are 100% volunteer group.

The position that @colonel_mortis posted is not for a Forum Moderator, it is to help maintain the internal workings of the forum, this was clearly defined. It is still a voluntary position, if you are not interested then by all means do not apply, if you are interested then apply, your argument is not a subject up for debate here.

 

If you want to discuss further please take this to a proper place to discuss, via PM to the Admin/Moderation Team.

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Good luck everyone! Mortis, hope you find the people you need and keep this place going. You do a great job :)

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i wish i could help Comrade-in-pfp but i'm hilariously underqualified, good luck

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4 hours ago, SansVarnic said:

Forum Moderators are not Employees of LMG, we are 100% volunteer group.

I expect to be paid entirely in warning points
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4 hours ago, SansVarnic said:

Forum Moderators are not Employees of LMG, we are 100% volunteer group.

Correction: a much appreciated volunteer group.

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Hmmmm, I remembered Luke say that the forum job would be based on React, but I guess that was for lltstore.com and I misheard/misremembered. PHP eh?😬 good luck bois.

 

Edit: It was in the WAN show where he talked about two projects that they needed help for, one (paid) for lttstore.com using React and the other was the voluntary Forum project. I misremembered that forum was built on React, ofc its not, my bad 😅.

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Any chance of a badge like the "office builder" but for forum maintenance, as some people without the skills(like myself) might like to help out in some way, like a one off donation.

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1 hour ago, Dem1se said:

Hmmmm, I remembered Luke say that the forum job would be based on React, but I guess that was for lltstore.com and I misheard/misremembered. PHP eh?😬 good luck bois.

Luke hasn't been active part of forums in years. If you have heard him saying something, it must have been for Floatplane.

 

1 minute ago, Antistatic12 said:

Any chance of a badge like the "office builder" but for forum maintenance, as some people without the skills(like myself) might like to help out in some way, like a one off donation.

Forum contribution is currently only way to support forums. Both First Blood and Office Builder were for funding LMG in its early days.

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applied.

 

edit: oops closed the Google Forums tab so cant edit response but can I also apply for UI dev? thanks

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12 hours ago, Vitamanic said:

Why is LMG, a for-profit company, asking people to work for them for free? Are they in such financial distress that they can't afford to give their worker's even a minimum wage?

The video uploaded properly, and then broke after editing in text below.

 

"...because it's a community forum that doesn't make money."

 

One guy doing all of this for years without seeing a penny, and he needs help from people who are passionate and willing to donate their time. If that isn't you, then don't apply.

4 hours ago, Dem1se said:

Hmmmm, I remembered Luke say that the forum job would be based on React, but I guess that was for lltstore.com and I misheard/misremembered. PHP eh?😬 good luck bois.

Here's a link to the Youtube video that explains what Luke asked for.

https://youtu.be/v0t617WK10I?t=4578

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Hey @colonel_mortis, I have a couple of questions if you don't mind:

 

1) Is using my full, real name strictly necessary to apply and if so, can I expect it not to be shared?

2) is there any sort of "beta" website we can test our changes on and use to familiarize ourselves with the codebase without fear of breaking everything or deleting user data?

3) are there going to be any strict deadlines outside of the general expectation of spending a few hours per week on this?

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