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The DEV Team Is Now The Forem Team 🌱

jess profile image Jess Lee (she/her) ・2 min read

It’s been three years and ten months since we “officially” started building dev.to. At the time, our Twitter account was much more widely known than the fledgling community platform, so we interchangeably referred to ourselves as the team behind The Practical Dev or dev.to. Eventually, we settled on the name “DEV” and our organization morphed into a single identity -- “The DEV Team.”

One of our company’s guiding principles is to “constantly evolve.” In that spirit, I’m happy to share that the DEV Team is now the Forem Team.

What is Forem?

Forem is the underlying open-source software that powers DEV. As we shared in our “For Empowering Community” announcement post, our goal is to generalize the software so that anyone can stand up a community that is modern, safe, and independent.

While we could have continued on as the DEV Team that maintains Forem, we want our deep belief in and commitment to Forem to be reflected in our company identity. In embracing this name, we’re empowered to think big, and to make decisions that serve Forem’s ambitions beyond the scope and needs of one community.

We recently updated the name of our open-source repo from /thepracticaldev/dev.to to /forem/forem, too:

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Forem 🌱

For Empowering Community

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Welcome to the Forem codebase, the platform that powers dev.to. We are so excited to have you. With your help, we can build out Forem’s usability, scalability, and stability to better serve our communities.

What is Forem?

Forem is open source software for building communities. Communities for your peers, customers, fanbases, families, friends, and any other time and space where people need to come together to be part of a collective See our announcement post for a higher level overview of what Forem is.

dev.to (or just DEV) is hosted by Forem. It is a community of software developers who write articles, take part in discussions, and build their professional profiles. We value supportive and constructive dialogue in the pursuit of great code and career growth for all members. The ecosystem spans from beginner to advanced developers, and all are welcome to find their…

There’s more work to do before we can seamlessly stand up a new Forem community at scale, but we are getting very close. To stay updated on Forem progress, please join our recently launched meta-forem community: https://forem.dev

What about DEV?

Though we’re evolving our team identity, we’re not going anywhere, and not all that much will change on a day-to-day basis. Software development is at the core of what we do, and we will always be DEVs at heart. The DEV Community will continue to be a major part of our focus and operations, and you should expect the same level of commitment from us in supporting and growing the community. We’ll still be here to cultivate an inclusive and positive environment, to share amazing posts through our social channels, to run fun campaigns, to respond to your needs, and otherwise support the community any way that we can.

DEV has become its very own standalone brand, and decoupling the priorities of Forem from DEV allows more room for exploration and creativity within DEV-specific initiatives. The same is true for CodeNewbie, CodeLand, and all of the work being invested into our podcast network (now spanning DevDiscuss, DevNews, and The CodeNewbie Podcast).

Next Steps

The biggest evolution here is a mindset shift -- self-identifying as the group working on Forem allows our team to prioritize and think through the prism of Forem and how we can support communities beyond DEV. We’ll be continuing this transition over the next couple of weeks and months so expect some updates in places like our “about page” or jobs site.

Thank you all for being part of the journey <3

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Madza

Congrats on beginning the transition! 🥳🎊🎉
Curious is this means dev.to will migrate all the users and content to forem.dev or just this current platform will change it's looks and the domain name to forem.dev?

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Michael Kohl

Think of it like this: Wordpress is the underlying software, it powers many blogs on many different domains. Forem will be the underlying software that powers many communities. DEV is one of the communities that will be powered by the Forem sofware (and already is, since the original DEV code base became the basis for Forem). forem.dev is a different community.

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Tyler V. (he/him)

forem.dev is already it's own site to discussing more meta level topics! 🎉

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Ben Halpern

Yup, forem.dev is where anyone can post to chat with one another or get our attention on ideas and concerns. Right now it still kind of makes more sense to post to github for many ways, but we foresee forem.dev being the most scalable way to have some kinds of discussions in the long run... Or to just chat and get to know one another.

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☮️✝️☪️🕉☸️✡️☯️

I see a future where there are thousands of facebooks and twitters all using a universal messaging protocol RFC based on our OSS standards and guideline enforcing the do no harm policies and advocacies. But how does one network a peer t o peer community internet... we will see. exciting transition times. I feel like we are coming out of the Spanish Inquisition of social media, fuels by fear and hate. Thank you folks for all your work you put into this.

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Michael Kohl

This is my main motivator for working on Forem, I want back the Internet of the 90s and early naughts before surveillance capitalism disguised as "social" media started using our real-life connections against us.

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☮️✝️☪️🕉☸️✡️☯️

Im with ya brotha. This is why I stopped taking contracts for private and public sector, and just focus on donating my time to OSS and working on research for all. I am really disturbed to hear about the copyright war between oracle and google.

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Jean-Christophe Helary

Congratulations ! Make sure the underlying platform is as little ressource hungry as possible. Online is here to stay but the natural world is quickly going away because of us.

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Ben Halpern

Yup! It will be a long haul because Ruby is not built for that quality by nature, but we feel pretty good that as we refine the platform we rewrite whatever the worst components are and we win in the long run.

Impact wise, this is a big part of our big picture plan with the hosted product, which will be called Forem Cloud.... Here's a little internal memo I just wrote about what Forem Cloud is all about, think of it as rough-draft copy for a future specific mission statement.

Forem Cloud is a commitment. It's a commitment to a security, privacy, portability and reliability.

It's a commitment to the accessibility of online community, to driving down prices over time and sharing our work to help others do the same when self-hosting.

Forem Cloud is a commitment to reliability and simplicity which nourishes the ecosystem and allows creators to grow and thrive.

Forem Cloud is a commitment to being detail-oriented, it's a commitment isolation for security for security and portability, shared resources where appropriate for efficiency, and it's a commitment to doing it all in the way that minimizes the longterm carbon footprint of global cloud compute.

It's a commitment to enabling transparency to thrive, for open source to become the norm in consumer applications, it's a commitment to empowering community.

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Jean-Christophe Helary

Thank you Ben for the thorough reply. It is really appreciated.

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Arnaud Delante

I always get confused when I see the new name. Because here in Belgium, Forem is the name of the agency for unemployed people 😄

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Andy Piper

oops!

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Ankit Beniwal 🙂

Growth is one way and the only way forward. Congratulations 🎊

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kris

can't wait for forem.cloud

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Andy Piper

This is great, thank you for sharing! And congratulations! And, Thank you and the team for building DEV, and for your vision for Forem - it's very compelling.

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CiaraMaria

Congratulations!

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JimCMorrison

Congratulations on the big news and transition! A new chapter is always exciting!

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Meghan (she/her)

congrats!

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Andrew Baisden

Congrats well done! 🎉🎉🎉

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Yo

Yayyy! Congrats 🎉

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Neeyat Lotlikar

Congratulations! 🎉🎊

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Waylon Walker

👏

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Jessica Valencia

I liked the other name