New website made by campers - Humans of Free Code Camp


Hello campers,

Long time camper, first time poster.

A month and half ago some friends and I decided to make remix of Humans of New York, but for the Free Code Camp community. That is, a website where campers could share their personal stories.

I’ve been greatly inspired by Quincy Larson’s medium post a month-or-so ago where he mentioned over 5,000 people have gotten jobs from Free Code Camp.

We wanted to improve our skills as well. When I started leading this project, I was really intimidated by the API microservice projects, but to accomplish this website, I had to learn mongoose, passport, and really take a good look at the documentation for express. We also had to use some libraries on the FCC program, like React and Redux.

I was able to learn about the amazing experience that is pair programming, with someone I met in the cohorts: @codejunky. He and I probably pair programmed for 50–60 hours, and we got to learn so much together. If anyone is curious about it, the cohort is a great place to find pair partners. (There have recently been two great medium articles on the benefits of pair programming, but you can imagine how double the brain power and a partner to challenge and encourage you can be super beneficial)

This project is a work in progress — it’s the beta’s beta. It took a lot of work to get it to this point, and it can definitely grow to be more with your help. If you want to contribute, or you want to learn about the libraries used, I can probably make some time to personally walk you through the code.

A huge thank you to everyone who was involved in this project, from helping motivate others to sharing stories to coding and designing — this project would never have gotten this far without the help and input of dozens of people. Thanks to everyone who has worked hard on this project (there are so many and we’ll give a proper shout-out in the medium article we write). :pray:

This is a work in progress, and we’ve got a LONG list of bugs and things we want to fix (ex. making it not-frustrating to try to post a picture and paragraph breaks in the story snippets), so please feel free to leave any feedback and let us know if you want to help with anything — or even better, make a pull request. :slight_smile:

Please check it out!

Github Repo:


That’s great! Congratulations especially on having an idea and seeing it through to execution! :cookie:

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Wow this is a really cool idea, looks awesome! Thanks for sharing

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Good to see it launched! You should put up a link to the repo.

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Thank you, Mr. Stick.

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logo designed by @sergio-cielo



Just took a quick look at the project. Haven’t tried out the login features, but the homepage + individual user pages look great. I did find it a slight bit distracting that the stories are laid out next to each other on the homepage and not the same length, but that’s just a personal opinion. Might I suggest stacking the stories on top of each other instead?

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I am new here, i need directions

hey welcome @mannysledge! Any questions in particular? I’m happy to help and the community is super friendly, so feel free to ask. :slight_smile:

Hi @Bigghead, good point. I went back to look at it after your comment. I realized that I had been zooming out on the page, which helps make it more “digestible” for the viewer, even with the different lengths.

Thanks @ArielLeslie! It has definitely been a journey to go from idea to execution of the beta. I’ve been amazed by how much we’ve learned not only relating to code, but also about the challenges and opportunities that come with working in teams and thinking about a project from start to finish. So many random little unexpected things that pop up. :grin::dizzy_face::coffee:

Projects like these remind people like me why we got into coding in the first place. It is nothing short of inspirational and motivational.

This is absolutely phenomenal and a worthy cause. I wish you much success in your endeavor.

Will sure check in and see how its coming along.



Thank you so much for the kind words Richard.
I put a lot of hours into this project, and even though it has a long way to go, knowing that you can see the effort in it makes me feel better.

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Wow @Sliqric7053, thank you so much. It’s comments like that that give us the inspiration/motivation to try to build these things, and to reach beyond our current abilities.

ps. I may or may not have showed my parents your comment… :stuck_out_tongue:

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This is Awesome!!!


Just checked out the website. Well said, @Sliqric7053. More power to your elbow, mate!.


ps. I may or may not have showed my parents your comment… :stuck_out_tongue:

I may or may not have Laughed Out Loud! :joy: