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Tests Coding Standards

This is the repository for the community portal. The code is entirely open source and licensed under the MIT license. We welcome your contributions but we encourage you to read the contributing guide before creating an issue or sending in a pull request. Read the installation guide below to get started with setting up the app on your machine.


We'd like to thank these amazing companies for sponsoring us. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please visit the Github Sponsors page.


The following tools are required in order to start the installation.


Note that you're free to adjust the ~/Sites/ location to any directory you want on your machine. In doing so, be sure to run the valet link command inside the desired directory.

  1. Clone this repository with git clone ~/Sites/
  2. Run composer install to install the PHP dependencies
  3. Set up a local database called laravel
  4. Run composer setup to setup the application
  5. Set up a working e-mail driver like Mailtrap
  6. Run valet link to link the site to a testing web address
  7. Configure the (optional) features from below

You can now visit the app in your browser by visiting If you seeded the database you can login into a test account with testing & password.

Github Authentication (optional)

To get Github authentication to work locally, you'll need to register a new OAuth application on Github. Use for the homepage url and for the callback url. When you've created the app, fill in the ID and secret in your .env file in the env variables below. You should now be able to authentication with Github.


Algolia Search (optional)

To get Algolia search running locally, you'll need to register for a new account and create an index called threads. Algolia has a free tier that satisfies all of the requirements needed for a development environment. Now update the below variables in your .env file. The App ID and secret keys can be found in the API Keys section of the Algoila UI.


ALGOLIA_SECRET="Use the Write API Key"


In order to index your existing threads, run the following command:

php artisan scout:import App\\Models\\Thread

New threads will be automatically added to the index and threads which get updated will be automatically synced. If you need to flush your index and start again, you can run the following command:

php artisan scout:flush App\\Models\\Thread

Twitter Sharing (optional)

To enable published articles to be automatically shared on Twitter, you'll need to create a Twitter app. Once the app has been created, update the below variables in your .env file. The consumer key and secret and access token and secret can be found in the Keys and tokens section of the Twitter developers UI.


Approved articles are shared in the order they were submitted for approval. Articles are shared twice per day at 14:00 and 18:00 UTC. Once an article has been shared, it will not be shared again.

Telegram Notifications (optional) can notify maintainers of newly submitted articles through Telegram. For this to work, you'll need to set up a Telegram bot and obtain a token. Then, configure the channel you want to send new article messages to.


Fathom Analytics (optional)

To enable view counts on articles, you'll need to register a Fathom Analytics account and install it on the site. You will then need to create an API token and find your site ID before updating the below environment variables in your .env file.



Command Description
vendor/bin/pest -p Run the tests with parallel execution
php artisan migrate:fresh --seed Reset the database
npm run dev Build and watch for changes in CSS and JS files


The portal is currently maintained by Dries Vints and Joe Dixon. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to create an issue on this repo.


Please read the contributing guide before creating an issue or sending in a pull request.

Code of Conduct

Please read our Code of Conduct before contributing or engaging in discussions.

Security Vulnerabilities

Please review our security policy on how to report security vulnerabilities.


The MIT License. Please see the license file for more information.