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Welcome 2014 Discourse Interns!

Jeff Atwood June 17, 2014

I’m pleased to announce the Discourse team now has two interns.

Arpit Jalan (@techapj)

Arpit hails from Jodhpur, India. We met Arpit on meta.discourse, where he produced an amazing beginner’s how-to guide for installing Discourse that we admired greatly, so much so that we eventually adopted it as official.

Arpit approached us with an incredible love of the project, as a fellow computer geek to the core, and directly referencing the classic 1993 movie Rudy. How could we say no to that?

You simply can’t! Arpit will be working as an intern for the next year with an eye on a greater role on the team. Welcome, Rudy… I mean Arpit.

Kane York (@riking)

Kane is from this place I’ve never heard of called “California”. He’s a freshman at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and we met him — and his quirky saltines in jello avatar — on meta.discourse, too. In addition to his ~1000 posts and 130 topics on meta, we noticed he was also on a bunch of other Discourse instances, posting and helping others, even contributing patches back to Discourse.

When we contacted Kane to let him know how much we appreciated his hard work, and asked him “what can I do for you?” he said “well, I need a summer internship.” We couldn’t say yes fast enough. Done and done.

Please join us in welcoming our interns Kane and Arpit to the Discourse team! I forsee them doing great things. And if you see them on your Discourse instance, be sure to heckle them on our behalf.

Remember, it’s for their own good. How else can interns learn?

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Discourse Team Building Exercise 2013

Jeff Atwood October 10, 2013

Discourse is a distributed team on several different continents and time zones.

In fact, some of us have never even met in real life. Until the Discourse Team Building Exercise 2013, that is.

(Pictured from left: Robin, Régis, Neil, Sam)

The whole Discourse team flew in to San Francisco for a week to attend the Golden Gate Ruby Conference, or GoGbnjxca1 for short. Sam presented a talk (the opening talk for the conference, no pressure or anything) on Ruby performance that was well received.

We’ve done a ton of work to make Discourse fast, and we try our best to feed those improvements to the upstream open source projects so everyone can benefit.

We picked an AirBnB location in the city with 4 bedrooms so everyone could stay together. It was right on the cable car line on Powell, so it was about as San Francisco as you can get without scarfing down bowls of Rice-a-Roni during a 49ers game. We also took part in a San Francisco treasure hunt in the Embarcadero area, courtesy of Mr. Treasure Hunt. Fun!

(From left: Robin, Sam, Jeff, Neil)

If you’re wondering why the shirts say Team Building Exercise ’99, well, there’s a reason: it’s business time at Discourse.

No, seriously: 2014 is the year where we will actually start taking money for Discourse deployments and hosting. We hope!

It wasn’t all just fun and games for the week, either. Robin and Régis built a nifty new spoiler plugin for Discourse, and Neil put the finishing touches on our initial mobile design pass, while Sam and Robin met with the Rails Girls team they are mentoring to produce a Discourse oneboxing plugin.

It was great to finally meet the team in person. Here’s to Discourse Team Building Exercise ’99 2014 and beyond!

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Welcome Régis Hanol to the Discourse team

Jeff Atwood September 17, 2013

The Discourse Team has always been intentionally small. We did have plans to add a team member sometime after the public launch. But we wanted just the right person, someone brave enough to take on the risk of a project as broadly ambitious as Discourse, someone willing to prove to us that they could survive the journey.

We’ve seen some amazing community contributions to our open source Discourse project on GitHub over the last 7 months since we launched. One of our most consistently excellent contributors has been one Régis Hanol, aka ZogStriP.

Unfortunately, he’s not an orphan, but he seems willing to undertake this dangerous journey with us on Discourse, all the way from his native France.

Please wecome Régis to the team in a full time, official capacity as of Monday, September 16th. Enjoy your $25 per week!

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