Followmy.tv Keeps track of your current tv shows. Discover new tv shows, discuss and share them with your friends.

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As everyone knows by now, the current UI is very outdated and there haven't been any new features added in over 5 years.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

Mauitjheu
Mauitjheu (Apr 02, 2018)

You are doing a great job! Keep doing what you love, stay positive and take care of yourself. I wish you all the best and am looking forward on the new site. ;)

Denk
Denk (Mar 23, 2018)

It’s safe to say that this site is dead. Last feature was the contribute system and that was 1.5years ago. No bugfixes, no replies, no new features. Personal opinion: this site doesn’t need to be rebuild using react, it needs bugfixes and developers. Shame, as this was a great site! (If you need a hand, let us know!)

Dangerfield23
Dangerfield23 (Mar 19, 2018)

:)

elisaconte
elisaconte (Mar 13, 2018)

why new shows suggestion are not accepted?

SendiMyrkr
SendiMyrkr (Mar 09, 2018)

@amitthakkar i have same opinion. I belive that exists ten, hundreds maybe thousands of peoples as we are.

SteffiMalta
SteffiMalta (Mar 07, 2018)

<3

Hush564
Hush564 (Mar 04, 2018)

Thank you! As many have said, I hope that you look into getting a team to help out. I've been using this for quite a while and have lamented wanting a more thorough libraries, an updated design, and an app.

I'm glad to see you still have the fire to keep this going :)
Looking forward to the big changes.

nimbostratus
nimbostratus (Mar 03, 2018)

Thanks @Lemon , I use the site all the time

Foaman
Foaman (Mar 01, 2018)

@Lemon There is a show called The Resident that airs on Fox, I suggested it back in May 2017 but it hasn't been approved yet, it started airing in January this year, could you please review that suggestion and approve it? Thank you.

oorlo
oorlo (Feb 28, 2018)

Thanks a lot! :)

mar
mar (Feb 26, 2018)

thank you! :)

homrecker
homrecker (Feb 23, 2018)

very useful site...thanks

amitthakkar
amitthakkar (Feb 21, 2018)

Yes! Please open source it! a ton of people want to contribute including me. I have 3 years hands-on with React and NodeJS. The only 2 things I do in my free time is watch tv shows and build stuff.

Rajce06
Rajce06 (Feb 21, 2018)

@Lemon That sounds awesome, thank you in advance for that! :)

Marius
Marius (Feb 20, 2018)

Thank you very much

Khaled
Khaled (Feb 20, 2018)
shoshana
shoshana (Feb 19, 2018)

Open-source it! I (and many others) would love to help build the new site. That would speed up the development time significantly.

basmian
basmian (Feb 18, 2018)

@Lemon Good to hear! Yes, APIs will be good. Keep it up.

TheMrbecks
TheMrbecks (Feb 17, 2018)

Thank you, this website is fantastic. Go on and rocks!

kvdv
kvdv (Feb 15, 2018)

Thank you for the work. I really enjoy this website, i use it every day ! <3

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