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Current state of things

By Lemon - Jan 29, 2018

Hi Everyone,

I'm so amazed at this insane loyal userbase. It's so heartwarming to have built something that others continue to enjoy for years and years!

I would like to give everyone an update on the future of followmy.tv. In short, it's not going away, ever. This is my passion product and I will continue to keep it up in the air to the best of my capabilities.

As everyone knows by now, the current UI is very outdated and there haven't been any new features added in over 5 years. With the exception of the contribution system. The reason is that I have been working for the last 5 years on a new version. but due to the sheer size of this website and it's complex social business logic, it's a very big task to do as a single engineer.

To give you some history:

  • The current live production version is running the CakePHP 1.3 framework.
  • CakePHP 2.x was released and Jasper and I started an effort to migrate the website to 2.x.
  • Jasper also started working on a brand new front-end UI which was going to be amazing.
  • Then life happened, I started an immigration process to the United States and both Jasper and I kinda lost interest in TV Shows and generally building apps in our free time.
  • We both were working full time and eventually CakePHP 3.x came around. Again a new version we had to migrate this huge application to. sigh..
  • I finalized my move to the US and Jasper officially left the team. The core team went from 2 to 1.
  • Several years went on where I started focussing on personal health and other life events that were more important.

During all these years when I had some downtime to work on followmy.tv, it was mostly dedicated to maintaining data request, fixing issues. There was no time left in building the new version and the efforts kinda fizzled out. The whole tvrage.com outage was a disaster that almost destroyed followmy.tv.

As for the future, the good news is that I started moving the entire codebase again to a more modern language with a better database engine. I've also started work on a brand new front-end that uses React.JS. I'm also developing the API side-by-side the web app.

In a new effort to get the new version out. I decided to from now on, to no longer add new features to the current live followmy.tv version. I will also be more strict in moderating the new show addition request, only tv shows that are from the major networks will be considered.

I'm doing this so I will have more free time to actually build a better version of the website you all love so much. I want this to be a success, I want to build new cool features for all of you, I want to have the API in place so we can finally move into the mobile app space.

I work full time, so the only thing I ask from this community is to have patience :-). I'm working on a new version. I don't know yet when it will be launched, but when it does, it will be fantastic!

This is the best thing I've built in my life. And I'm especially thankful to all the members that consistently provide feedback, submit show suggestions, and contribute to all the show, episode pages. Followmy.tv wouldn't be what it is today without all of you!

Best, Sarah (Lemon)

Comments

Thomas
Thomas (12 hours ago)

I checked followmy.tv when I saw the link posted on 9lives.be

Since then this website is my go-to to check what I missed and what I still need to see. I don't use this site that often, but when I do it's a great help to binge-download all I need.

Thanks!

ameliebelle
ameliebelle (Aug 01, 2018)

Thank you! I don't know how else I would keep track of the shows I watch! I really appreciate the work that you do :)

PippoInzaghi
PippoInzaghi (Jul 31, 2018)

update please

eherberg
eherberg (Jul 16, 2018)

@Elgianne That has been on the site since 2010: http://followmy.tv/shows/1022/America_s_Got_Talent

Elgianne
Elgianne (Jul 09, 2018)

Thank you. Can we get America’s Got Talent added? It’s on NBC :)

rafaroca
rafaroca (Jun 30, 2018)

@Lemon I love this platform, and Im so glad you say that this will never end. I'm a developer and I would be amazed if I could help in any way.

ForgotMyLines
ForgotMyLines (Jun 10, 2018)

@Lemon Brilliant. That's great news. Thanks for the hard work.

Lemon
Lemon (Jun 10, 2018)

@ForgotMyLines Yeah, I've also added some smarter tools on the review side of things to speed it all up. I knocked down the 200+ backlog to about 40.

ForgotMyLines
ForgotMyLines (Jun 04, 2018)

Was just able to add 2 TV shows for review, so looks like the Contribute System has been fixed. Thank you @Lemon!!

Lemon
Lemon (May 28, 2018)

@Saxo I'm definitely not stringing you along. Currently, I'm updating the old code base to use the newly built v2 API which will also be feeding into the mobile apps.

lunaCsunshine
lunaCsunshine (May 28, 2018)

Whaaaaaat I've been using this site for years and it's all run by one personnnnnnnnnnnn.

That's dedication.

Elgianne
Elgianne (May 26, 2018)

Just joined and I thank you very much for this wonderful site. It’s very well done and it shows your passion!

Saxo
Saxo (May 26, 2018)

@ForgotMyLines There hasn't been a single update since January. I feel like she's just dragging it out tbh and stringing us along.

Oleksii
Oleksii (May 26, 2018)

Have you considered putting the code on github or similar so people can contribute?

ForgotMyLines
ForgotMyLines (May 23, 2018)

Please add loads of shows that we can't add, coz the feature no longer works.

PippoInzaghi
PippoInzaghi (May 19, 2018)

Please add Evil Genius https://www.thetvdb.com/series/347033

kunoichiangel
kunoichiangel (May 16, 2018)

So grateful for followmy.tv. Thank you, Sarah (Lemon). There is a fanbase who truly admires all your hard work and hope you can be proud of yourself and enjoy the journey this project is on. Looking forward to seeing what the future brings and busy keeping up with TVshows in the meantime. Thank you again!

ForgotMyLines
ForgotMyLines (May 14, 2018)

Still not working, anyone able to add new shows? And if so, how do we do it now the TVDB site has changed?

Gaceru
Gaceru (May 06, 2018)
ForgotMyLines
ForgotMyLines (May 04, 2018)

Since TVDB has updated their website, it says the URL is incomplete when trying to add a show to here. Is anyone else having this issue?

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