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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As everyone knows by now, the current UI is very outdated and there haven't been any new features added in over 5 years.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

ForgotMyLines
ForgotMyLines (Sep 08, 2019)

Thank you so much @lemon! Look at all the shows!!!!! EEEEEK!!!!!

Foaman
Foaman (Sep 07, 2019)

@Lemon Its totally understandable, just wish you would let some of us loyal users help around a bit :), my previous suggestion still stands, we would love to see this website grow and thrive much more, there are so many different websites that tracks tv shows out there with lots of bells and whistles but followmy.tv just always feels like home to me (along with myepisodes, been using it for much longer)

Wish you all the best our dearest Lemon.

Lemon
Lemon (Sep 07, 2019)

@foaman, I moved jobs and cities so I was a bit MIA the last couple of months. My apologies!

Hopefully soon, things relax a bit in my personal life and be able to work more on followmy.tv

Foaman
Foaman (Sep 07, 2019)

@Lemon THANK YOU for coming back to us... Please don't leave us ever again, please xD

PippoInzaghi
PippoInzaghi (Aug 31, 2019)
ForgotMyLines
ForgotMyLines (Aug 30, 2019)

Someone approve the shows! We have done the bit you asked us to do. Just log on and approve them! There are so many!! This is getting pathetic.

ForgotMyLines
ForgotMyLines (Jul 22, 2019)

You ask us to help by suggesting shows to cut down on the workload, we add them, they just sit in a line, ignored.

Can anyone in a position of power actually reply to us?

genefitz
genefitz (Jul 21, 2019)

Is the site dead? There is quite a backlog of missing shows to be added.

PippoInzaghi
PippoInzaghi (Jul 13, 2019)

Please add new shows

ForgotMyLines
ForgotMyLines (Jun 24, 2019)

Just tried to add another 4 shows, that came up "pending review".

Can someone please start approving shows again?

ForgotMyLines
ForgotMyLines (Jun 10, 2019)

I have "Pending" shows I've tried to add, dating back to March. Also I keep trying to add a lot of shows, which keep saying "pending review" so, I know there are loads more too.

Any update?

Foaman
Foaman (Jun 03, 2019)

@Lemon
Really wish you would let some of us help you maintain the current site, I totally get why you may not want to, this is your passion project and you can't just trust random strangers with it but you don't have to give away any administrative powers that could hurt the website, just give some volunteers the ability to update shows and review/accept contributions etc, only give some basic moderator powers. TBH I love this site exactly as it is, elegant and simple (just really really hate that search tool, I wish searching redirected to it's own page with all the exact matches/similar results).

Anyways, I'm more than happy to help out with moderating if you ever decide to do this.

Wish you all the best in your personal life and professional career o7

marjoleindol
marjoleindol (May 29, 2019)

It's nice to see how passionate you are, thank you for making this website :)

Alayne
Alayne (May 24, 2019)

<3

stewie
stewie (May 10, 2019)

Looking forward to it :)
I love this thing you created.

AucT
AucT (Apr 30, 2019)

I'm new here but I can feel good aura on this website. Cheers!

BertDenolf
BertDenolf (Mar 24, 2019)

Why are news shows not being added? I put in a request for 'Love Death & Robots' ages ago and it still has not been approved. @Lemon?

zvucnjak
zvucnjak (Mar 06, 2019)

Hey Sarah @lemon and everyone behind followmy.tv!

This is my favorite show-tracking website out there (I've tried a couple others). I like the simple & minimalistic design, I prefer functionality to "fluff" when it comes to services like these, and the database is great, I found a lot of shows here that I couldn't find on any other sites.

I'd like to know what are ways that we can contribute in keeping it alive. I recently started working as a web developer, front-end though, and still kind of a beginner, but if there's anything you could use some help with, let me know.

Have a great day!

ogsala
ogsala (Feb 21, 2019)

You're great and your efforts are much appreciated!

PippoInzaghi
PippoInzaghi (Jan 18, 2019)

Please update or hire people. This is getting ridiculous.

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