Trustroots community is now 5000 members strong

Trustroots 5K

Thank you!

Thanks for the photo goes to Wesley Stanford. Check his photos, they’re great!

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung article (in German)

Sofa, so goodA couple of weeks ago Mikael, Callum and I were interviewed by Marlene Göring. She was writing an article about hospitality exchange for a renowned German newspaper.

Here’s the article, it’s in German: Sofa So Good – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (posted here by author’s request). And a big chunk of it is about Trustroots! It mostly looks pretty great. I just want to comment about this part:

Im Internet lässt es sich noch träumen. Im Moment melden sich auf Trust Roots etwa 1000 neue Nutzer im Monat an. Die Währung der Plattform ist Vertrauen: niemals Werbung zu schalten, niemals kommerziell zu werden. Die Versprechen klingen wie die, die Couchsurfing einst gab – und gebrochen hat.

Three remarks about this.

  1. The Trustroots Foundation has irrevocably dedicated assets to charity in its by-laws (as far as my understanding of the situation, happy to receive legal advice if it’s not true and even better: how we can improve it). We simply cannot sell the assets, they have to be given to another charity if the Foundation ever dissolves.
  2. It’s open source. Anyone can fork. And I hope we’ll have profile export functionality soon, so people can download their own data (and possibly import it into another website). This makes forking the Trustroots network easier than almost any other network out there.
  3. We have a track record of not selling out (and of getting upset about sell outs).

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Anyway, exciting times!

PS. Here’s a machine translated version of the article.

We’re now testing with Browserstack

Test driven development is great. Before you create new features or fix a bug you first write a test case that covers the specific issue. In the long run this means that you’re avoiding unforeseen side effects and that the entire code base is a lot more stable. Selenium testing is great in that you’re testing your web project in an actual browser. It’s a pain to run 38 different browsers on 7 different platforms though. Fortunately there’s a service that can handle that for you: Browserstack.

BrowserstackYesterday I started writing some Selenium tests for Trustroots. So the next step was to apply for Browserstack’s free program for open source projects. And within less than 12 hours we have a free Trustroots automate account. This will make the entire experience a lot more smooth in the long run, both for developers and users.

Ideally we’ll have a CI-ish setup (through Ansible) at some point, where when new code is pushed to the repository, this code will be pulled on our dev site, the tests will be run and new GitHub issues (with screenshots) will appear automatically. We’re not there yet but the first steps have been made. Contact us if you want to help with all these things, or even better, jump in directly on GitHub!



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