I'm the co-founder of Forem.
Forem is the open source code which powers DEV (dev.to), which anyone can use to spin up a community which has all the features of DEV.
We built DEV up to serving about 7m unique developers every month with community posts — along the way we built up a lot of algorithms, UI features, moderation functionality, anti-spam, anti-abuse, etc. So that's why we wanted to put energy into sharing all the code with anyone who wants to use it, via Forem.
Forem code: https://github.com/forem/forem
About self-hostiing: https://dev.to/devteam/forem-self-host-is-now-officially-supported-16h0
But mostly I'm just here to talk about anything you want from me! DEV really started as an indie-hacking effort before we decided to grow and go after a more ambitious impact. Since then we've raised some funding and grown the team to about 40 great people right now. It's been quite a ride already, but we're just at the beginning.
I'm very much here to offer advice and answer any questions folks have.