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December 22, 2016

GraphQL: A New Direction For Telescope Nova

A year ago, Telescope was at a crossroads: I felt like the codebase’s technical debt was piling on, and I was having strong doubts about the project’s future.

I briefly considered quitting altogether, but instead I decided to take a clean break with the past, and start fresh on a React-based version of Telescope, codenamed Nova.

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July 27, 2016

Updating Nova To Meteor 1.4

Meteor just released the 1.4 update.

After pulling the latest devel branch and running meteor update, you might run into some NPM-related issues.

This is generally because the meteorhacks:kadira-binary-deps hasn’t been updated properly. You can...

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June 22, 2016

Introducing Nova: a new kind of back-end for React apps

Over the past couple months, we’ve been busy porting Telescope from its original pure Meteor stack to a new, more powerful React/Meteor combo.

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April 15, 2016

Moving Forward With Nova

I first wrote about Nova about two months ago. Today, I’m officially making Nova the main version of Telescope moving forward.

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February 29, 2016

Building Apps With Nova, React, and Meteor

Although Telescope started its life as a Reddit-like app, it’s been inspiring to see just how far people have customized it.

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February 24, 2016

Getting Started With Nova

If you’re curious about Nova and would like to contribute to the project, you’ve come to the right place!

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February 22, 2016

Introducing Telescope Nova

In last month’s The State Of Telescope, I said I was taking a break from working on Telescope.

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January 26, 2016

The State Of Telescope

I started working on Telescope a little over three years ago, in August 2012.

Two months later, I launched Sidebar – which is the product I originally built Telescope for – and then one month after that I officially open-sourced Telescope.


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October 22, 2015

Customization Case Study: BJJBot

Lately I’ve been working on a new Telescope-based project, BJJBot.

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October 16, 2015

Telescope v0.25.2 “MenuScope”

Telescope’s menu component now has its own package.

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September 27, 2015

Telescope v0.25.0 “FlowScope”

This new release features a few major breaking changes for Telescope. Make sure you read through!

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September 4, 2015

Telescope v0.24.0 “SubScope2”

Another cool new release!

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August 18, 2015

Telescope Weekly #6: SubScope, Zeiss, FundingHunt, GroupHunt

What’s going on in the Telescope community for the weeks of August 2 - 16.

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August 18, 2015

Telescope v0.23.0 “SubScope”

This release brings a couple useful new features.

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August 4, 2015

Telescope Weekly #5: Zeiss, Hosting Survey, DailyVC, GitXiv

What’s going on in the Telescope community for the week of July 27 - August 2.

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August 4, 2015

The Screenings Launch: A Meteor Scaling Case Study

“Does Meteor scale?”

More than any other, this question has been asked since the framework’s early days.

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July 31, 2015

How Telescope Uses SimpleSchema And Autoform

In this hangout, I talk about how Telescope makes use of two key packages, SimpleSchema and Autoform.

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July 27, 2015

Telescope v0.22.1 “DebugScope”

Big new release for Telescope, with a brand new template debugging mode.

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July 25, 2015

Telescope Weekly #4: Screenings, DebugScope, Package-Based Architecture, SketchTalk

What’s going on in the Telescope community for the week of July 20 - 26.

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July 24, 2015

Telescope's Package-Based Architecture

Telescope’s file architecture is a bit different from other Meteor apps, as it’s 100% package-based. In this hangout, we delve deeper into what this means.

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July 23, 2015

Introducing Screenings: Curated Design Videos With Telescope

I spent most of my time working on Telescope, which means I don’t often get the chance to work with Telescope.

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July 18, 2015

Telescope Weekly #3: Debug Mode, Scopemount, Reddit vs Telescope, Bug Bounties

What’s going on in the Telescope community for the week of July 13 - 19.

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July 13, 2015

Launching Your Own Reddit Alternative: Reddit vs Telescope

You’ve probably heard about the recent Reddit drama: a slew of unpopular decisions by Reddit management led to some major subreddits temporarily shutting down in protest, and many users voiced their intention to abandon the site.

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July 11, 2015

Telescope Weekly #2: Subs Manager, Fast Render

What’s going on in the Telescope community for the week of July 6 - 12.

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July 7, 2015

Getting Started With Telescope Customizations (Video)

One of Telescope’s strong suits is how flexible and customizable it is. Yet it can be hard to know just where to start.

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July 4, 2015

Telescope Weekly #1: SlugScope, Zen Market, Ryfma

What’s going on in the Telescope community for the week of June 29 - July 5.

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July 1, 2015

Telescope v0.21.1: SlugScope

Slugs, downvoting, more languages: tons of new features in the latest Telescope release!

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June 17, 2015

Telescope v0.20.6: AutoScope

A minor update, but with a pretty cool feature.

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June 13, 2015

Telescope Hangout #6

We haven’t had one of these in a while! This week, we covered a lot of upcoming features on the roadmap, and more generally discussed Telescope’s next steps.

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May 28, 2015

Why You Should Use Telescope For Your Next Startup Weekend

You should seriously consider Telescope as a launching point for your next hackathon or startup weekend project.

Why? Because one team did just that, and their little weekend project went on being featured on several major mainstream news sites.

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May 20, 2015

Telescope v0.20: RefactorScope

It’s taken a while, but the long-awaited Telescope refactor is out!

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May 12, 2015

Previewing Telescope's Big Refactor

Things have been quiet around here lately, but that doesn’t mean Telescope hasn’t seen activity, on the contrary.

For the last few weeks I’ve been busy completely refactoring Telescope’s codebase. The refactor (v0.20rc) focuses on three main areas: a new architecture, new APIs, and new documentation.

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March 15, 2015

This Week In Telescope #1

Lately there’s been more and more stuff going on in the Telescope community, so I’ve decided to start a new weekly column to highlight all that activity.

Welcome to the first installment of “This Week In Telescope”!

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February 13, 2015

Telescope VS: A Comparison Of Community-Building Tools

Telescope’s mission is to make it easy for anyone to launch their own Product Hunt or Hacker News.

But it’s far from the only app in its space, and you might be wondering how it compares with other similar solutions. Here is a short guide to help...

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January 27, 2015

Introducing Telescope v0.14.0: “GridScope”

Sometimes you need to spend some time refactoring, rethinking, and rewriting until you get a cleaner architecture and better performance.

And other times, you just want to work on a cool feature. This latest release falls in the second category,...

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January 15, 2015

Building A Content Aggregator And Email Digest With Telescope

Telescope started its young life as a Hacker News clone, but it’s now become a lot more than that.

Today I want to showcase a really cool use case that can be implemented with no coding whatsoever: using Telescope to build your own content aggregator...

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January 13, 2015

The Making Of CrunchHunt

CrunchHunt is a mash-up of TechCrunch and Product Hunt, built with Telescope.

If you’re not familiar with Telescope, it’s a free, open-source app based on the Meteor JavaScript framework that makes it very easy for anyone to create their own Hacker...

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January 5, 2015

Telescope v0.12.0: “DummyScope”

The first new release of 2015 is a big one: lots of new features, refactorings, and overall improvements.

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December 16, 2014

Telescope Hangout #4

Short hangout this week, where I covered what’s new with Telescope and answered a few questions.

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December 5, 2014

Telescope Hangout #3: Forms, Ads, And Lots Of Questions

Another great hangout, with participation from the creators of the two biggest Telescope communities around!

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November 27, 2014

Telescope Hangout #2: Search, SEO, and SCSS

Great hangout this week. We were lucky enough to have Slava Kim from Meteor drop in and share his views on a lot of topics, including SEO for Meteor and improving the package ecosystem.

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November 25, 2014

Telescope v0.9.10: Internationalizing a Meteor App

The latest Telescope update solidifies a pretty important feature

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October 1, 2014

Open Source Lessons Learned: Two Years of Telescope

I’ve been working on Telescope (an open source Hacker News-type app built with the Meteor JavaScript framework) for close to two years now, and along the way I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to make an open source project successful.

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September 16, 2014

Telescope v0.9.4 UpdateScope

Another Telescope update straight out the oven!

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September 8, 2014

Telescope Academy

Lately, I’ve been hearing from more and more people looking to customize Telescope to their needs. In fact, Telescope-related job offers have even started popping up on oDesk.

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August 22, 2014

Telescope v0.9.2.6 InviteScope

Many small improvements. As usual check out the history for the full list.

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August 22, 2014

Telescope v0.9.3 DailyScope

Meteor just had a big update, and so did Telescope! Read on to find out what’s new.

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August 12, 2014

Telescope v0.9.2.5 AccountScope

Making theming easier.

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August 8, 2014

Telescope v0.9.2 MailScope

The latest version of Telescope brings a lot of improvements, mostly on the email side.

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July 14, 2014

Telescope v0.9.1 “MobileScope”

Another week, another Telescope update.

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July 11, 2014

Can You Help Me With…

As Telescope gets more popular, I’m also starting to feel the support burden more and more.

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July 8, 2014

Extending Telescope with Embedly Thumbnails

Note: I’ve moved the contents of this tutorial over to the documentation section.

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July 8, 2014

Telescope v0.9 “ModuleScope”

This is the biggest Telescope update in a long time, if not ever! Read on for the list of changes.

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July 3, 2014

Telescope v0.8.3 “CleanScope”

A quick update about Telescope version 0.8.3.

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June 25, 2014

Telescope v0.8.2 “SchemaScope”

The latest version of Telescope brings some pretty cool stuff, and is one more step towards a flexible, lightweight Telescope. Here are the main changes.

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May 30, 2014

Telescope v0.8.1 “FlexScope”

I’m still slowly hacking away at Telescope whenever I can, even if it does feel like trying to boil the ocean at times. But with the latest release, I feel like at least I’m finally boiling the right ocean!

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May 12, 2014

Meteor 0.8 Update & Next Steps

I’m happy to announce that Telescope has (finally!) been updated for Meteor 0.8 and the new Blaze UI engine.

But besides that, I also want to take a moment to talk about what’s next for Telescope.

I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t done a...

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November 21, 2013

Search & Internationalization

I’d like to talk about two new features that got recently added to Telescope, both of them the result of outside contributions.

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November 12, 2013

One-Click Meteor Deploys With Giteor

Let’s say you’re curious about Telescope and would like to check it out for yourself with your own instance. The classic workflow would involve:

  1. Going to GitHub and getting the git clone URL.
  2. Cloning the app locally.
  3. Deploying it to Meteor’s free hosting service.

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November 11, 2013

Getting Started With Telescope

There’s nothing worse than installing a new app, only to be confronted by that familiar “now what?” feeling. So in order to help mitigate first-run fears, here’s a short guide on getting started with Telescope.

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November 6, 2013

Building Email Digests with MailChimp RSS Campaigns


Telescope comes with built-in email notifications for new posts, which every user can turn on in their account panel. But receiving an email for every single new post might be a bit much, especially for very active communities.

So instead, let’s take a look at an easy way to send out daily or weekly digests of the latest posts, using MailChimp’s RSS Campaigns feature.

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November 5, 2013

Introducing Telescope v0.7 “IronScope”

I’m happy to announce a very big update to Telescope [ demo | GitHub ].

Actually, this update is more like a complete refactoring, with over 80 commits that add new features and clean up the codebase. So let’s see what’s new.

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