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As everyone knows by now, the current UI is very outdated and there haven't been any new features added in over 5 years.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

mfferreiro
mfferreiro (Jan 29, 2018)

Thank you SO MUCH for your work.

JulienCambier
JulienCambier (Jan 29, 2018)

I like this site because it's simple. I don't like all the fancy stuff on other websites. I just want the current platform with all my shows up to date

JulienCambier
JulienCambier (Jan 29, 2018)

If you want help you could make the code opensource, there are many devs on this website willing to help.

amertak
amertak (Jan 29, 2018)

Thanks for great app. Keep it up!

Btw I work as a frontend developer (React mainly) so If you want a little help just let me know. I'd be happy to help you out ;)

enea
enea (Jan 29, 2018)

Thanks for everything! I've been here for years and I'm definitely here to stay.

prince
prince (Jan 29, 2018)

I have been on this site for a few years now. I absolutely love it! Thanks!

lizzymaxia
lizzymaxia (Jan 29, 2018)

Thanks for all you do!

John24D
John24D (Jan 29, 2018)

thx you for your work, this site is very useful :)

itophd
itophd (Jan 29, 2018)

Keep it simple and we will always be faithful! <3

aniforprez
aniforprez (Jan 29, 2018)

AWESOME. No worries with how slow (or fast) the updates are. The site works well enough as it is so any major changes can take as long as necessary

Faisel
Faisel (Jan 29, 2018)

You're doing amazing work, keep doing what you're doing.

bgprincipessa
bgprincipessa (Jan 29, 2018)

Thanks for the update! I've tried other sites but none do what I am looking for in the same way this one does. I love having the upcoming and pinned shows on my home page. Thanks for all you do!

thebesciak
thebesciak (Jan 29, 2018)

Thank you, Lemon!

chachafance
chachafance (Jan 29, 2018)

You are awesome. This site is awesome (even in its outdated state). I'm here to stay! :)

Shadowsteppa
Shadowsteppa (Jan 29, 2018)

One thing that I dislike about followmy.tv is not being able to track some of the obscure anime shows... but I love the rest :)

pr0sieeb
pr0sieeb (Jan 29, 2018)

keep it up!

BertDenolf
BertDenolf (Jan 29, 2018)

Thank you for all your hard work, @lemon! This site is amazing and you're doing a great job.

Don't be afraid to ask something from your users: we're happy to help!

Mantrhax
Mantrhax (Jan 29, 2018)

Amazing work Lemon, we all love Followmy.tv .....

tenniseveryone
tenniseveryone (Jan 29, 2018)

Lemon this is a great site, it's amazing that you work on it on your free time, and we appreciate it!

noil
noil (Jan 29, 2018)

Cant you find a moderator that can help you with requests?

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