menu

Spectrum Support

Spectrum is a community platform for the future. This community is a great place to ask questions, request features, report bugs, and chat with the Spectrum team.

Channels
# All channels
view-forward
# General
view-forward
# Feature Requests
view-forward
# Meta
view-forward
# Open
view-forward
# Help
view-forward
Team

Spectrum is joining GitHub!

November 30, 2018 at 5:02pm

Spectrum is joining GitHub!

November 30, 2018 at 5:02pm
Back in February 2017, Brian, Max, and I started working on a side project with the goal of building a space for our own communities. After releasing an early prototype, people told us they also wanted to use it for their communities, so we decided to go all-in and build an open, inclusive home for developer and designer communities. Since officially launching the platform late last year, Spectrum has become home to almost 5,000 communities!

Today, we’re thrilled to announce that Spectrum is joining GitHub!

Image

GitHub has always been committed to making developers’ lives easier and fostering a strong community across the globe. All three of us are joining GitHub to continue to work towards those same goals, building the best community platform just as we always have. Now we’ll get to work with the talented folks at GitHub to make something greater than we could on our own.

What does this mean for you and your communities?

1. We’re 100% committed to having the best space for you and your community anywhere on the internet.
2. Every feature of Spectrum is now free. Every community will have access to our full suite of features - including unlimited moderators, private communities and channels, and community analytics.
3. Expect deeper integration with GitHub!
We love you all for taking a chance on Spectrum. We couldn’t be the best platform for communities without having the best communities, so we’re incredibly grateful that you’ve trusted us to take good care of you. We also want to thank everyone who invested in this vision through open source contributions, Pro memberships, and our angel investors. We wouldn’t be where we are now without your support!
Thanks for everything,
Brian Lovin, Max Stoiber, and Bryn Jackson

FAQ

What is happening to my community?

It’s now completely free and we’ll continue to support the best space for you and your community anywhere on the internet.

Can new members still sign up?

Of course!

Will Spectrum stay open source?

Yes! Spectrum will stay open source, and we’ll continue collaborating with the open source community to serve you the best way we can.

Who should I contact for support?

Email us for direct support ([email protected]), post feature requests to our support community and file bug reports on github.com/withspectrum.
Should you have any further questions or thoughts, come hang out with us in the support community: https://spectrum.chat/spectrum

I’m a Pro user. What’s happening to my paid membership?

We’ve turned off payments for pro memberships and converted all “PRO” badges to "Supporter" and “β” badges to indicate our earliest supporters while we were still in beta. All additional benefits of the Pro membership are now available to everyone, but we wanted to make sure Pro users got something unique for showing their support.

Will there be any changes to Spectrum’s privacy policy?

Yes, but not yet. We've opened a pull request to add some of GitHub’s policies to Spectrum’s Privacy Policy, and those updates will be merged in next week. If for any reason you don’t agree with the changes, you will have time to delete your account before the changes go into effect on December 7.
Show previous messages

December 4, 2018 at 4:40am
Wow!! Great news. Congratulations :)
like-fill
2
  • reply
  • like
congrats.... path well crafted
like-fill
2
  • reply
  • like

December 4, 2018 at 3:30pm
Wonderful!.
like-fill
2
  • reply
  • like

December 5, 2018 at 5:33am
that is cool news. I am wondering will this impact on development of Spectruom as a self hosted platform, rather then just development of main hosted version (this one). Last time I tried to deploy SC on my own server it was a hugeee mess, since it was need manually to edit over ~200 variables.
So my question is, are you planning to work on that, so everyone can use SC as self hosted version if wanted?
Thanks and Peace,
  • reply
  • like
Congrats! 🎉
like-fill
2
  • reply
  • like

December 5, 2018 at 6:07pm
we've never prioritized supporting self-hosted versions. This doesn't change that. Totally fine if you want to do it, but we don't have resources to devote to improving that experience at the cost of the primary user experience.
like-fill
3
  • reply
  • like
we've never prioritized supporting self-hosted versions. This doesn't change that. Totally fine if you want to do it, but we don't have resources to devote to improving that experience at the cost of the primary user experience.
thanks for confirming that. thought you are developing software for mass usage.
  • reply
  • like

December 6, 2018 at 3:26pm
Nice job guys
like-fill
1
  • reply
  • like

December 10, 2018 at 3:14pm
Congrats!
  • reply
  • like

December 19, 2018 at 9:14pm
👏👏👏👏
like-fill
1
  • reply
  • like

January 4, 2019 at 1:52am

January 4, 2019 at 8:33pm
Congrats!
  • reply
  • like

January 19, 2019 at 5:12am
GH is proprietary, and was recently acquired by Microsoft. So that means Spectrum was just acquired by Microsoft. Those people who used to compare open source to a virus? The support for self-hosting will not improve, assuming the full codebase remains free (unlike GH). If any of these things concern you, now might be the time to consider migrating to another tool, before Microsoft starts figuring out how to lock you and your data in, and start datafarming you.
Edited
like-fill
7
  • reply
  • like
I'm trying to document all the free code options here. Spectrum is still listed for now, but the GH/MS ownership is noted. Contributions welcome: https://www.coactivate.org/projects/disintermedia/slacking-off
like-fill
1
  • reply
  • like

February 13, 2019 at 2:37pm
GH is proprietary, and was recently acquired by Microsoft. So that means Spectrum was just acquired by Microsoft. Those people who used to compare open source to a virus? The support for self-hosting will not improve, assuming the full codebase remains free (unlike GH). If any of these things concern you, now might be the time to consider migrating to another tool, before Microsoft starts figuring out how to lock you and your data in, and start datafarming you.
That is why I would like to have self hosted version of Spectrum. SInce MS acquired GH which sux, and since now GH acquired Spectrum, I hope we will not run another version of Windows into Spectrum (just for a sake of imagine).
  • reply
  • like
GH is proprietary, and was recently acquired by Microsoft. So that means Spectrum was just acquired by Microsoft. Those people who used to compare open source to a virus? The support for self-hosting will not improve, assuming the full codebase remains free (unlike GH). If any of these things concern you, now might be the time to consider migrating to another tool, before Microsoft starts figuring out how to lock you and your data in, and start datafarming you.
You are referencing the old perception of Microsoft from a decade or more ago. I could point to dozens of open source projects Microsoft is involved in. They were actually the biggest active contributor on GitHub to open source projects prior to acquiring GitHub. Lets not stick to old mindsets, and opinions. Microsoft is not the same company.
like-fill
18
  • reply
  • like
Just to note this, we have absolutely nothing to do with Microsoft. I have been a GitHub employee for three months now and I do not have access to any Microsoft stuff (or I do not know how to find it). Everything is completely separate, at least for the product side of things, even though GitHub is "owned" by Microsoft. Spectrum is very much part of GitHub, not Microsoft.
Just like before the acquisition, we do not have any plans to invest a lot of time into the self hosting use case. We think a large part of the value is that Spectrum is one, unified platform. That was always the case, with and without GItHub!
Edited
like-fill
12
  • reply
  • like
We would likely accept outside contributions that make self-hosting simpler though, since that would also reduce complexity across the codebase (for example, creating a global config.json file that has an url field)! 👍
Edited
like-fill
9
  • reply
  • like
I hope that makes sense, let me know if you have any further questions 🙏 (ideally in a separate thread since this one is already quite long)
like-fill
4
  • reply
  • like

February 14, 2019 at 5:09pm
Are there any plans to integrate Spectrum or parts of it into GH? My first thought was that they were wanting to add more social/chat/community feature into their webapp.
like-fill
1
  • reply
  • like
unfortunately, I cannot comment on specifics of future plans—you can be sure that exciting stuff is coming though! 😉
like-fill
3
  • reply
  • like
yeah, that's what I though 😉
  • reply
  • like
Right now, a lot of my development flow (besides my editor and reading docs) is going back and forth between GH, StackOverflow, and Spectrum. I can see GH adding community chat threads and technical question threads that would keep everyone on their site 😉
like-fill
4
  • reply
  • like
They would have some networking effects too, by being able to cross reference questions/chats directly to issues/prs/code
like-fill
4
  • reply
  • like
Show more messages