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What are your favourite communities?

By posting and interacting with others on DEV for the past month I have learned a lot. Not just about code or productivity but about how awesome community can be. Everyone on DEV helps others out while staying polite which is really cool. In pretty much every community I'm just a lurker who passes likes every once in a while. This is the first community that made me feel I could post things myself and be part of a conversation.

I realised a lot of DEVs have a twitter account. In the back of my mind I knew there are some developers on twitter and followed a few. After starting out with devs on here and exploring from there I fell into a rabbit hole of a tons of communities and people that use twitter, email lists, personal blogs and sites like dev to share knowledge. I feel like I've just scratched the surface of interesting people and communities to check out.

What are your favourite communities and/or devs and why? I'd love to discover even more awesomeness ๐Ÿ˜

For anyone who is looking for a nice chat with other beginners: This discuss post resulted in a telegram group ๐ŸŽ‰. Join in t.me/randomdevs !

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Gabe

I've been lurking through dev forums and communities on the web since my teenage years, but up until recently I never posted. I found most online communities to be hostile and aggressive, especially towards newbies. Dev.To and my "Dev Twitter" I found were the only communities I felt comfortable sharing in. Would love to join some sort of slack or telegram channel relating to web development for jrs!

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Maniflames Author

I feel you! Checked your twitter and realized there is almost no overlap so that's really interesting :P

I don't know any slack/telegram/discord group that is build 100% for beginners and not limited to a certain technology or library. If I happen to bump into one I'll let you know ๐Ÿ˜

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Bhupesh Varshney ๐Ÿ‘พ

Well we could make one on Telegram!

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Maniflames Author

Heck yeah, why not I'm in :D

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Bhupesh Varshney ๐Ÿ‘พ

Should we initiate with a group or channel?๐Ÿค”

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Maniflames Author

Difficult question, it depends on what the purpose is. If it's getting to know others and just kind of chatting than a group will be best. If it's just sharing links and resources but no real talk it should be a channel.

I think I prefer the first if I'm honest. I'd love to chat from time to time with people that have similar interests ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Bhupesh Varshney ๐Ÿ‘พ

Group it is ๐Ÿ˜Ž
So who wanna start ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

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Maniflames Author

t.me/randomdevs ๐ŸŽ‰

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Gabe

Ha! Just goes to show that โ€œDev Twitterโ€ is 100% a thing! Thanks for looking out

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Maniflames Author

You won't believe what a fellow DEV just posted not to long ago ๐Ÿ˜‚

It has a ton of members for a server that has started 3 days ago. There isn't a lot of chatter though, but I guess that's a thing in most communities.

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DeChamp

Honestly dev.to is my favorite and I have yet to find anything that looks as positive as this site. For example, my post that blew up on here, also was on reddit and hacker news. But yet all the comment on here were positive and helpful. On hacker news and reddit, more than half were negative.

I never understood why people feel the necessity to be negative toward others. IndieHackers.com looks super promising. I was referred to it via a dev.to user. It seems like another positive forum type site and they have some really cool features to show off your work.

I think I'll balance between the two, but I looking forward to seeing what others offer on your comments.

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Maniflames Author • Edited

I totally get you. I am on reddit as well but never really post anything. I'm also a daily lurker on hacker news. Both have their own value but I've never really got to the point where I could or wanted to contribute. Positivity definitely plays a big role. I have a lot if respect for the folks at DEV. Growing a community is hard and keeping one this positive is really noteworthy.

I'll check out indie hackers as well!

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Jalaj

Freecodecamp forum is also an amazing place for devs.

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Maniflames Author

I checked it out. In my mind the forum was a place where you would go in case you needed some help. It's very interesting to see that people are using the forum to share their journey under the 'getting-a-developer-job'. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ˜.

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Jalaj

Also check out Hashnode.

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Trey Huffine

I always found it was difficult or intimidating to join a lot of communities, especially as a new developer. However, being part of a community is so important for personal growth and mental health. On top of that so many are toxic and negative.

This led me to form gitconnected.com - It's mission to be a place where developers can share knowledge and be a positive support system for everyone involved.

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Maniflames Author

That's cool :)

Avoiding toxic places, especially as a beginner, is very hard. It's very nice to see you stepped up an created your own solution. I guess imposter syndrome also plays a big part in taking the first step. Friendly communities really help to boost enough confidence to get started.

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Ben Sinclair

I used to hang out around dreamincode which is just as friendly as dev.to but organised around an old-style forum. It looks dated but the people are nice.

I like IRC (generally freenode) for specific software.

Even reddit has some nicer parts but it's more of a full-on warren than a rabbit hole and you'll end up feeling you're in Watership Down if I can take the metaphor too far.

I don't use Twitter and Mastodon as much as I used to, and I never really used them much for development-related stuff.

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Maniflames Author

It's funny how devs feel attracted to places that look 'internet old school' ๐Ÿ˜‚.

Reddit is the best place to look for memes imo, pretty sure it will stay that way.

I've heard of IRC but more as a means of getting support. Interesting to know that people actually hang out there.

Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ˜

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Gio

Rust community is great (/r/rust on Reddit). They are very helpful on Stack Overflow.

The Elm community is also great and super helpful to noobies. Their slack channel is full of incredibly helpful and nice people.

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Maniflames Author

Agree on the Rust community, they are super nice :D
Their discord server is also super nice. I've learned a lot just from reading along in the beginner's channel

I have never tried Elm so I wouldn't know, but I do believe you. Thanks for sharing :D