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. ❤️
@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.
Credentialism is when no one treats you with respect or hires you because you don't have a piece of paper that costs tens of thousands of dollars (i.e. college degree) even though you know just as much or more than people with degrees. Been there, done that.
--Coming from a person who could never get a foothold in the IT sector for a decade until college. Graduated as a salutatorian not just in my class, but in the entire college with a GPA of 3.97.
You made something amazing. That's pretty dang inspirational to a lot of us who didnt do CS in school.
@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 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 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 :)
@dansup Don't let anyone tell you that you are not a "real" web dev -- even yourself. What you have done is fantastic. 👏
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 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 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!
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 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 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!
@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!
@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.
@narF You're right. But when a new person first hits the fedivers, an empty node. He sees emptiness and leaves. The essence of social networking is content sharing. No content - no users.
@gotomars Ah, yeah, but that's a problem of the fediverse in general, not just Pixelfed.
Mastodon solves that problem by having a catalog of open instances on the project's website. They are all full of content. I think Pixelfed has the same but i'm not sure.
You're right that it's a big barrier of entry. It's important that the community discuss this and search solutions.
@dansup There's also a problem with usability. I can't go to the user page of another node and give likes/comments.
P.S., I still love pixelfed and I want the community to evolve.
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!