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. ❤️
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 Its come a long way in one year! Congrats!
Thank you 🥀 🤗
@dansup that’s awesome dude! thank you for building this🙏
@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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That said, I did already say in an earlier comment that some people do not want higher education and that I respect their choices.
I also think that even if some encouragement or thoughts may not suit or be accepted by everyone in every situation, it of course, still may be given. If others disagree with such encouragement or thoughts, they may simply discard them.
@dansup Not sure what you mean by credentialism, but this clearly shows you have a talent and a passion for what you do.
You made something amazing. That's pretty dang inspirational to a lot of us who didnt do CS in school.
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 happy birthday 🎉
@dansup congrats on a site well done...
@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...
@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)
@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. 😉
php is cool.
@dansup I know a lot of CS students who wouldn't be able to do what you've done. I'm not a fan of PHP either, but it seems like you've done a lot of things right.
Pixelfed is amazing. Thank you :)
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.
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.
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!
@dansup just found it now and it looks awesome! Congratulations!
@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.
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!
👏 👏 🎉 👍
@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 This is amazing work! Thank you!
@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 😉
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.
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!
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:
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 Awesome, be proud of your accomplishments!
@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!!!
@dansup Thank you for building this! All the best.
@dansup I just saw a link to it on privacytools.io. I came back two days ago after getting an email from Etesync about a bunch of privacy groups being on here. I saw this post and remembered when you started working on it. It's impressive to see what you've done!
@fullywoolly Thank you! 😁
@dansup This is inspiring to me as one who didn't go to college. Congrats on a great open source project. I clicked your profile cause I recognize you from cjdns. I'm very happy to see you're up to great things. Good luck in the future!
@capitalisnn Glad to hear and thank you!
@dansup I really like pixelfed. But I don't understand why the pixelfed.social/discover/ section is closed.
It's the biggest node, bigger than all the others put together.
And as I understand it, it contains the largest amount of user-generated content.
But as a user of another node, I don't have access to it because I don't know the links to users.
It seems to me that this keeps the network from grow up.
Users register on other nodes, see that the content is not there, and stop using piixelfed.
Server run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!