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Pixelfed will be a year old in a few days.

I'm a high school dropout that has never taken any CS or computer classes.

Web development is just a hobby of mine, I work in the auto industry.

I'm so proud of this project, I never would have imagined that I could make something like this.

Thank you for helping me realize credentialism isn't so important as you think. ❤️ :pixelfed:

I'm overwhelmed by the amount of support I've received from this post.

I used to be very self conscience of the fact I'm not a "real" web dev and still use php.

This community is amazing and I'm glad I can contribute back in some small way.

@dansup
I still remember when I was finally awake for when pixelfed.social registrations were open. Great work man

@dansup That's pretty amazing. Thanks for contributing such cool, useful software for the world to use.

I urge you to consider continuing your formal education. You would obviously do well there. Higher education has been an incredible benefit to me, and has greatly enhanced not only what and how much I know, but how I think, my impact on the world, my career, and my life in general. It has made me a better worker, and a better person. Education has enriched my life in countless ways.

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@dansup Not sure what you mean by credentialism, but this clearly shows you have a talent and a passion for what you do.

@dansup
You made something amazing. That's pretty dang inspirational to a lot of us who didnt do CS in school.

@dansup
Its an amazing job you are doing. Please keep on going 😁

@dansup It's a real cool thing to learn. I hope it sticks with you. In every corner of the world there's people trying to justify themselves with credentials. Unfortunately, people are constantly changing the bar. And we strive on endlessly after what? Validation from others. You've done something you're proud of. That's so cool. Thanks for sharing. I really want to find pride in myself and not worry what others think. You're an inspiration.

@dansup Congrats from this senior dev without a CS degree!

@dansup having credentials has become a shortcut for doing actual work, getting your hands dirty and showing results is the real deal ... hats off to you, that's really inspirational! Thanks for all your hard work #pixelfed is an amazing gift to the federation:) Thanks for all you do!!!

@dansup Technically, I only had gr7 when I moved into the world on my own at 15. All of gr8, but no french.
electronics hobbyist I talked my way into board repairs and field work at 17 and flew a lot for 10 yrs. Bosses said no one cared about paper.
Late 20's, did two years college. Challenged the intake. 1st year very boring. Took telcom.
Where's the paper? No idea. No one ever asked for it.
I have fav comp langs now, but don't know exactly how many over the years. I'm happy you pushed through.

@dansup I'm not a "real" dev either. We use the language best suited for us. We work with the environment we're given.

I have to work with IIS, PHP, and Microsoft SQL...

*weeps*

@dansup (I actually only weep because I'd much rather be running nginx or Apache. Microsoft SQL is great. IIS is...not great.)

@dansup I am a "real"* webdev, and I also use PHP. I have papers and everything and can program** in 10+ languages. Still use PHP.

(*Whatever that means)

(**Not necessarily _good_ programs, but working programs :P)

@zatnosk @dansup not a web dev and can sorta hack PHP scripts together to do work with a lot of trial and error. Glad there’s some great projects and “real” devs using PHP ❤️

@dansup You make webs, isn't that the meaning of being a web dev?

PHP is still a language. A horrible one IMO, but it's a language...

You are a web developer. Probably a good one.

Don't bring yourself down mate.

@dansup IMO, if you write code, you're a developer. Even if it's HTML. 😉

@bhaugen
PHP is a tool. You learn a lot by using it. In the end not the tools are the interesting parts, but thinking about how to solve a problem, implement an algorithm and learn from kind and helpful people.
@dansup

@dansup
In your situation: Don't worry about the school too much. Some of the more amazing coders I know have had little or no education, they just happened to love coding.

I often hated school, it was something I suffered through to get the job I wanted; as someone told me: "school is something you do to get a job so you can learn how it should be done".

Also education is next to free here so I didn't have to worry about the cost too much either.

@dansup
Bless you friend. As a fellow high-school dropout who's into wrenching as a hobby but stumbled into a career in PHP development, your project is an inspiration!

I want to build a modular Mastodon clone in PHP, just to show off how much faster and more efficient it can be than Ruby and Node. :blobowo:

I'm making it my next personal project, and your willingness to build this with the tools you had is largely to blame. Thank you! :blob_laughing:

@dansup just found it now and it looks awesome! Congratulations!

Education system is a scam. Mostly people follow it for reason and that is to earn good monthly wages. Place we would/are work/working require a piece of paper that tells that we attended some place for few years to get a professional skill. It has become a time based thing rather then education.

When the reality is people are brainwashed and most educated people are part of it.

Education goes on all your life. Skill development do not require going to any place but a proper equipments and good tutor.

Disappointed to be part of the Education system. I should through my degrees in bin.
@anmol @dansup "Scam" is a bit too strong, but yes, it fits that pattern. I think it's more realistic to say it takes away a majority of peoples free will of the trajectory of their lifes direction for the benifit of people currently in power. A scam takes something people currently have, schools take what might have been, scams are rouge perpetrators, schools are an accepted practice.

"Brainwashed" is also a bit too strong, but yes, it fits that pattern. I would just leave it at culturally programmed into a way of life without freethinking and objective decisions about what is right and wrong about the system itself.

Schools have a tendancy to crush people who are slightly "other" in any way to the power structure. This is a tragic deviation from Pareto Efficiency of society. People who could have been world class thinkers in society get crushed down into ditch digger status because the gatekeepers didn't like something about them.

@dansup congratulations! I still haven't posted anything but I just have to get around to it. It's the only thing resembling Instagram I've even thought of using!

@dansup Congratulations on this project. I'm working to launch an instance soon to join your community.

@dansup congratulations!

I'm a self-taught programmer too (finished my high-school exam from home). I haven't used PixelFed yet (waiting to set up my own instance) but your project gives me confidence that I can build something too!

👏 👏 🎉 :pixelfed: 👍

@dansup not having a degree doesn't imply you can't have a future in a specific field. If that really bugs you, you can always try doing a MOOC : it's not necessarily expensive and you could continue to work at the same time. I tend to think that in the field of web dev, the practical skills and past accomplishments would be more valued than a diploma without experience.

@dansup your tireless and relentless work on this libre open source federation platform is a huge example to be looked up to! Thank you for contributing to a better world with this!

@dansup Thank you so much for all of your hard work and dedication to making pixelfed such a wonderful project. We are indebted to folks like you, because when one contributes to open source privacy-minded solutions, we ALL benefit. I have been working in cloud architecture and kubernetes for 3-4 years now. If I can ever be of help to you, drop me a line!

@nubd Thank you for the kind words! I will likely take you up on that offer in the near future 😉

@dansup
Pixelfed is great and so are you! Thank you so much for your tremendous contributions and most importantly your vision and dedication!

@dansup Also a high school dropout here, working as a senior software engineer. It all comes down to actual experience that you can demonstrate, at which point a university degree is mute. At least in Europe.

@dansup
Congratulations and thank you for your great work and for being a great person. Only someone great is able to learn and understand the importance of sharing their work with others! Living, learning, growing and making the world a better place is what we should all be doing, and that's what you've accomplished!
Now, let me see if I can tell you something that no-one has already told you about university... University can change a person for the better or for the worse!

@dansup
It empowers us, it widens our view of the world in great and marvellous ways if we use it for enriching ourselves and share that knowledge. But a bad person can use it wrongly and become worse. Selfishness and pride, arrogance can grown alongside knowledge. So, that being said, it is not you that needs university, is university that needs you, the world, society and communities need you and people like you:

@dansup
people that like learning, sharing and working to help improve other people's lives.
So, if you ever decide to go that way, you'll be enriching yourself and finding ways to give us even more. 😁 And we'll be thankful for your dedication as we already are. Thank you.

@dansup Way to go. Credentials ain’t $#&%. All that matters is how you treat people and what you put into the world. Keep it up!!!

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