RemoteRangers

RemoteRangers

An experiment in remote work forum boards

Frustrated with my own experience with forum boards, I decided to build my own. I was looking for a place that satisfied these problems: job listings, submitted links, a leaderboard, and an emailed digest of both — daily. I was inspired by sidebar.io.

How hard could it be?

Turns out, uhh pretty difficult.

I put my prototype together with Laravel and SCSS. Stupid simple. Lightweight and pretty speedy. I took a few playbooks from levelsio, and tried making my application with a simple stack. PHP and SQLite. Worked out pretty ok, but not sure it would have worked with more than a hundred users or so 😅

The idea:

  • a logged-out homepage that showcases top links/discussions from users but has a hero dedicated to gathering emails to drive a daily email digest campaign
  • a logged-in homepage that encourages reading of links from a remote-friendly users base.
  • a leaderboard of top users
  • a Stripe-powered automatic promotion-system
  • a remote-work job board

Learnings:

  • Uptime is hard, even harder trying to solidify a deployment pipeline for Laravel apps for free. Jenkins and Deployer worked like a charm. Envoyer and Forge are great if you're willing to spend money.
  • I enjoyed working with Laravel a lot, but I ended up spending way too much time configuring and not a lot of time building. What I love about the npm way of building is I can go 0–60mph in no time at all.

Note: this project is now defunct and 404s