Legacy: Introductions and Getting Started Chat

If you avoid Thursday and Sunday I should be available to join you all :slightly_smiling_face:

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@lowesilvan @novelica what days are you free for a video call introduction over the coming week?

I’d suggest you have a go at following the getting started guide and setting up a localhost version of the website before the call so we can use that opportunity to deal with any bugs or issues you run into. :slight_smile:

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Hi @AndyatFocallocal ,

This coming week I would love to get on a call either on Monday, Tuesday, and/or Saturday. Anytime between 8 am to 5 pm WAT would be fine really. Also, it seems I need you to grant me access to the current settings.json file.


Access granted. WAT time seems to be the same as Lisbon time and UK time right now so pretty easy for the most active members here to work with you :slight_smile:

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Hi everyone, my name is John, it’s great to be here.
I am looking to dabble myself in some open source communities, and I feel the mission stated for this project looks positive and promising.


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Hi John, i’m Andy. Welcome!

We’re approaching beta launch and would love a hand reaching that milestone (and beyond).

What skills do you want to contribute with? Also, where did you come across our community?

Hi Andy,
Thanks for the welcome :slight_smile:
I personally am a head of business unit within my company, leading a team that consists of project managers and software developers.

As for direct skills, I guess I am still capable of doing software development, mainly Javascript and C#, some random things that come to mind that in terms of skill sets:
Frontend: React/Nextjs/Material-UI
Backend: .net6/nodejs

I came across the community by browsing the Up for Grabs listings on Github, as I wanted to find some worthwhile cause to do some contributions :slight_smile:

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I’m really pleased that you’re here. Right now we’re at a very interesting time as we are very close to Alpha launch, but also a very small team, mostly because its tricky to set up a localhost version of our platform, so most devs who join in wind up dropping out. Our daily active team is just myself and @Marvelxy, with a reasonable sized group who are watching and dip in from time to time.

Your skills intersect ours perfectly so i can give you an overview of both the project management side (me) and the development side (Marvelous), and you can pick and choose to where you feel you can provide the most value.

We have a weekly video call to discuss progress and if you’d like to join in that would be a good way to onboard and give you an overview of what’s going on. If that sounds good, what time zone are you and when are you normally available for a call?

As a quick overview

For the dev side:

The category is here: Web Developers - Public Happiness

For the Project Management side:

The current goal is to bring more Reactjs, MeteorJs, Javascript and System Admin devs into the project to reach launch, and also bring in PR and Marketing people to prepare a campaign to spread awareness once we go live.

  • I’m trying to solve them all in one right now by putting together a Reddit-wide online hackathon to bring some momentum into our build. Starting with launching our homelessness platform (BTM) to demonstrate what types of projects can be built on our meta (this platform). The hack will begin with system-admins to improve stability in our localhost setup making it easier for more people to join in here. As i run 4 of the subreddits required with around 50,000 members the plan will bring some people into the team, but how successful it is depends on how many other sub-reddits join in.

  • After the homelessness platform launches this platform will also be ready for a wider community to begin growing here as most of the code is shared, so i can begin onboarding our wider network into action to create a kinder, friendlier world and we can begin marketing efforts to attract more people and grow our capacity to create positive change in the world.

  • Next we’re intending to clone this platform and launch it as an incentivised community led climate action platform

  • The final planned platform launch hooks an NFT reward system in to launch another clone platform which funds local artists in covering up graffiti with beautiful murals.

  • After the pre-planned platforms launch we’d carry on with our missions on each separate platform, and pivot the PHM Foundation (yourself and all others who were essential in the pre-launch and early days) into supporting the ideas put forward by the community here for how this platform grows and spin-offs can use our code to create positive change in the world.

For the Blockchain side:

  • I’ve created our token with the functionality of minting new tokens every month

  • I’ve found a plugin which allows us to export the user engagement data from this platform to a Google sheet via SQL queries, and now i’m working on writing the code for it (i’m not an experienced coder and may or may not be able to work this out without support).

  • The next step is to hook the distribution of the tokens minted up with the google sheet, which i don’t expect to be too difficult.

As its just me working on the last two i haven’t broken it into tasks and put them into the Project Management or Blockchain categories (which is lazy). If you want to help out with either then i’ll begin breaking them up into tasks and posting them correctly.

Essentially we’re building an evolving, member-led platform which connects people and communities around taking action on causes they care about. Our Meta site (PHM) is focused on Random Acts of Kindness, and incentivised project to create a kinder, friendlier world.

Oh and i’m writing a guide to navigate this platform in its current state as its not intuitive yet and a few things don’t work. Its very flexible so there is no one correct way, but i’d recommend beginning with the ‘Global’ tab at the top, and in each category look for the ‘Tasks’ tab. If you’re landing in a category for the 1st time check out the links in the banner.

(This also works pretty nicely as my weekly summary so i’m going to copy/past it in the Weekly news, updates and timeline thread)


Hi everybody. My name is Pablo and I’m from Argentina.
I’m kinda starting out in web development, i’ve been programming at an acceptable level for about a year now and I thought it would be a good time to start contributing to some open source projects like this one.
My stack is:
Frontend: React, Redux, Material UI
Backend: Node js, express
ORM and Databases: Sequelize, SQL, Mongoose, MongoDB

If I’m being honest I’m kinda freaking out rn, but I guess that’s a good sign. I really hope I can help, grow and learn new stuff here

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I forgot to add my timezone, which is Buenos Aires time (GMT-3). I’m free every morning up until like 11 am(GMT-3) and most afternoons

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Hi Pablo, welcome to the build. I’ll copy my earlier reply here as it might be useful for others.

You can grab any task you like which is in the Sprint or Backlog lists, just drag it across to the Doing column and Assign it to yourself. You’ll probably find setting up a Localhost tricky as most new devs do. Please reach out for help and advice as much as you need as we know that can be fiddly.

Please introduce yourself to the others in the Introductions thread here, and copy paste your skills from this message. Also it’ll help if you include your timezone and preferred times and days for video calls if you’d like to join our weekly meetings, which aren’t essential depends if you prefer to just code or get to know who you’re coding with.

The most critical tasks right now are in the pre-launch timeline here have a look and see which matches your skills best.

You’ll find a Getting Started guide in the header of all categories here which will help you get started, if you’ve not found how to navigate here check out the Navigating this pre-launch platform guide, which is at the top of every page.

I saw on Linkedin that you’re interested in blockchain and security.

You’d be very welcome to support me modifying this code so that it exports the correct data from our platform to a spreadsheet on Google Drive which our token uses to determine which wallets to distribute newly minted tokens each month, and how much.

Obviously that’s a temporary solution so your security mindset while we build that will bring ideas for the more complete system which replaces it in the full launch version. I’m not much of a coder, i just poke around when needed. My role is in supporting others, guiding the vision until not needed anymore, and publicising the project.

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Hi Andy,
I really must apologize for taking so long to reply.
Recently my current company and position has been handling a bunch of software challenges and emergency fixes, lol. Pulling many all nighters~~~

Really must apologize, but I still need some time to work through the backlogs in my current project before being able to circle to Public Happiness.
But I definitely hope and wish the Public Happiness project thrives and flourishes, and really hope to be a part of it, as soon as I get my team back on track.

Best regards,

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Ok, we’ll look forwards to seeing you again when things slow down at work then

This thread is getting too long and after each new member comments there’s always following chat about how to get started so i’m locking this thread and creating a category where new members to post their introduction in instead.

Find it here.