This is the fifth State of Hubski. Let's do something we haven't before:
Perhaps we should do this every year.
Yesterday thenewgreen posted a summary of 2015 which you should listen to.
tng's summary does a fine job of addressing my thoughts and feelings regarding what has happened in the community over the past year. It is no exaggeration to say that this place has enabled friendships that I could not have had otherwise.
Five years ago, I had an inclination that a rare kind of space could exist on the internet, and that anyone could be a part of it. You all have proved that possible. I am constantly surprised by what people bring to this site, and the conversations and collaborations that result.
From a technical standpoint, one of the most significant things that happened this year is that rob05c joined the team. As #devski indicates, good things are afoot. Reading over previous State of Hubski posts, I realized that we have been promising an API for about 4 years. To be honest, I made some mistakes in the last two of years that resulted in significant development delays. Specifically, in 2014 we embarked upon a rewrite of the site that was too ambitious for our team's part-time capacity. As a result, forwardslash and insomniasexx spent much time and effort on work that you never got to see. This was a painful experience. In 2015, we corrected our course, and forwardslash and insomniasexx didn't kill me.
More generally speaking, we have learned a lot in this past five years, and IMO 2015 has found us on firmer footing. Hubski is growing up. Questions have been answered. It has become increasingly clear what this corner of the internet is all about.
That's not to say that we aren't going to be experimenting. Hubski is always a work in progress, and there are changes in store for 2016.
On that note, forwardslash has a New Year's gift for you all: https://hubski.com/irc
Thanks for being part of Hubski in 2015. You make this place what it is.
The State of Hubski is good this New Years Eve of 2015.
Happy New Year, Hubski!