Telescope

The easiest way to launch your community

Watch Judge is powered by Telescope.

Telescope is a free, open-source web application that makes it easy for anybody to launch their own community.

With Telescope, you can set up a site like Product Hunt or Hacker News in minutes. And you'll then be able to tweak your app's layout, colors, and branding without having to write a single line of code.

Flexible Layout

Choose from a grid or list layout, and pick either a top menu or side navigation.

Media Previews

Telescope uses Embedly to fetch thumbnails and descriptions for your links.

Multiple Views

Rank posts by date, popularity, or display them in a day-by-day view.

Built-in Newsletters

Automatically send your MailChimp list an email digest of your best content.

Internationalization

Telescope supports over 15 languages, with more on the way.

Mobile-Ready

Telescope's default theme is fully responsive and mobile-ready.

Our Free Guide To Building Awesome Communities

Telescope will help you launch your site, but it's up to you to make it successful.

That's why we've written Brick By Brick, a free guide that will walk you through everything you need to do to grow an active, engaged community.

Built With Telescope

A few open-source projects you can learn from

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CodeBuddies

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CrunchHunt

CrunchHunt automatically imports TechCrunch blog posts and ranks by popularity.

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