1. 2

Hey all!

Loved seeing you all at Redux, hope everyone got home safely!

Seeing & speaking with you all has re-inspired me to make an effort to share this website as a resource we can all use. Thank you to all the current members who have already checked this place out!

This differs from Groupme, Sift, Slack and the VFAfellows website in that it’s:

  1. Searchable & Tag-able

You can search for specific keywords or titles. AND search by tags like “sales”, or “programming”, or “music” or by w/e else you want to add (just msg me or another admin). That means links and such that we share will not be lost in the void or forgotten about. (I also just added tags for “city-visits”, “moving”, and a couple of skill-based-groups (remind me of more to add!))

  1. Persistent

You can post a link or question or anything here and know that it will be on the front page for a while and then become searchable by text or by tag. You can post, knowing that your carefully shared link will not be swept away by memes or off-topic convos (such as in the groupme).

  1. Unofficial

We can share real stats & honest opinions on our compensation, attrition rate, and Yang/Amy/Organizational thoughts.

  1. Multi-threaded Discussions

Instead of a singular thread of discussion about the idea you really wanted to share, folks can comment and discuss things in a nested manner. See here for an example of why this is AWESOME, in another similar community (that this one is based off of).

  1. (potentially) Invite-Only

We have the ability to make this community invite only. Right now this ability is disabled so our class can all sign up. But this is cool b/c we can invite our fellow Fellows AND invite our friends/family who might benefit from our community (and if folks outside the in-group are mis-behaving we can talk to who invited them and resolve the issue maturely). OR it can always be disabled and we can be open & friendly - would love to hear your thoughts.

  1. Customizable!

See this link for some more details on the FULL technical capabilities of this battlestation! And lmk/reply if you have thoughts on how we can utilize/customize this space for our use! Everyone can also look at the code that this space is forked from - and ask all the questions noobs/pros welcome!


Some ideas still floating around that I’d love feedback on:

  • A bot that takes links from our groupme and posts it here.
  • More tags and ways we can organize our information (Hamilton anyone?)
  • Advertising this space to all the other classes.
  • A monthly (or bi-weekly?) “What are you working on this week?” thread.
  • Also still need a favicon - looking at you graphic designers!
  • Should I call out certain people and ask them to post about projects/work experiences/etc?

If I’ve ever talked to you about this place in person, or if something in the above sounds cool to you, I encourage you to sign up and/or submit a story or reply to another thread. If you were thinking of something during Redux, and wanted to share it out, maybe try doing so here. No courage without risk my fiends!

P.S. This is a learning experience for me too, I would love feedback/thoughts about how I am promoting this place and especially if I’m crossing any lines or anything :)

  1.  

  2. 2

    Hi all,

    Redux was, in short, amazing and rejuvenating. Didn’t get much sleep, but I feel better about my job after redux because my manager and I have been trying harder to be communicative.

    This last week though has been a little rough. My roommates and I are all moving out of our current house and the landlord is trying to keep our security deposit and demanding that we pay an insane amount because he claims we didn’t communicate through proper channels. Besides that things are going well!

    A few Fellows and I also started a group chat where we send voice memos to each other as updates; easier than texting and faster than texting (plus we can practice our podcast voices). That’s been pretty fun! (If you’re interested, shoot me a text)

    In other news, excited for new Baltimore fellows to join us! Missing all 2018ers terribly and hoping to aggressively visit VFA cities in the upcoming year.

    1. 1

      Anyone?

      :’(

      1. 2

        I gotchuuuu!

        Redux was, in short, amazing and rejuvenating. Didn’t get much sleep, but I feel better about my job after redux because my manager and I have been trying harder to be communicative.

        This last week though has been a little rough. My roommates and I are all moving out of our current house and the landlord is trying to keep our security deposit and demanding that we pay an insane amount because he claims we didn’t communicate through proper channels. Besides that things are going well!

        A few Fellows and I also started a group chat where we send voice memos to each other as updates; easier than texting and faster than texting (plus we can practice our podcast voices). That’s been pretty fun! (If you’re interested, shoot me a text)

        In other news, excited for new Baltimore fellows to join us! Missing all 2018ers terribly and hoping to aggressively visit VFA cities in the upcoming year.

        1. 1

          Sorry to hear about all the housing issues, really some of the most stressful & unnecessary issues always seem to arise from that realm of our lives eh?

          Really neat idea on the voice chat memos - how does that work? Via SMS, FB, WhatsApp?