Sept 2019 update

2019-09-05
AndrΓ© Staltz

Hey backers, I hope you had a good August! It was a great month for Manyverse. I worked full time (160h), made 6 releases, and there are now 76 backers in this Open Collective. Here are the highlights:

In the past newsletters, I have been talking about that "new type of server". That is SSB Room πŸŽ‰. It is a breakthrough for the whole Scuttlebutt ecosystem, because it's not exclusive to Manyverse, and will help people connect to each other via the internet without the typical downsides of centralized servers. Read more on the announcement blog post.

Screenshot of the web interface to an SSB room server

To make our communities safer and more respectful, recently the Scuttlebutt community has come up with a specification for simple Content Warnings. This got implemented in Manyverse last month, see the screenshot below:

A graphic design where there is a phone on the right, displaying the Manyverse app open, and text on the left; The text says

Behind the scenes, we had some obstacles with app distribution that took some work. Google Play actually rejected one of the version releases, claiming that Manyverse should have used their payments API. It took some detective work to figure out why they rejected it, but now with some tiny changes in the texts inside the app, the next release was accepted. Gladly! Also, I know the F-Droid builds have been broken, but this week I fixed the builds and they should be available in a day or two.

Last month our team also got bigger! It's not anymore a one-person project, we have the pleasure to welcome Jacob Karlsson (a.k.a. Powersource) to the Manyverse team of developers.

Before this Open Collective can sustain full-time developers, we wanted to open up the opportunity for developers to do short gigs, to smoothen the transition to full-time. Jacob is already employed, but some free time, and the budget for Manyverse currently allows a couple of hundreds of euros to be used for a short gig.

Jacob's first contribution was to build the Likes screen, allowing you to view who were the people who liked a message. A long-awaited feature, now done and shipped in version 0.1909.5!

A graphic design where there is a phone on the right, displaying the Manyverse app open, and text on the left; The text says

Thanks to Jacob and Charles Lehner, the official list of authors for Manyverse grew by +2 last month.

Once again, thank you dear backers!

– @andrestaltz