Hey everyone,

Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates, happy holidays to everyone, and happy almost-new-year!

Tim and I wanted to reflect on the year devRant has had, and looking back, there are a lot of awesome things that happened in 2018 that we are very thankful for. Here are just a few of the ones that we thought of (this list is not exhaustive and I'm definitley forgetting stuff, so please comment about those!):

- After nearly a year in the making, the completely overhauled devRant web version was launched (https://devrant.com/rants/1255714/...)

- @linuxxx became the first devRant user to hit 100,000++! (https://devrant.com/rants/1157415/...)

- We once again pulled off the greatest April fools joke everrrr (https://devrant.com/rants/1311206/...)

- @trogus started making awesome devComics and http://devcomics.com was launched

- We added a feature to allow rant filtering by post type (https://devrant.com/rants/1354275/...)

- We made it so avatars could have expressions! (https://devrant.com/rants/1563683/...)

- We had a booth at TechDay New York and got to meet some devRant users! (https://devrant.com/rants/1394067/...)

- We made major backend architectural improvements - including spinning up a special high-powered-CPU web server to handle avatar creation and make the creation process much faster (https://devrant.com/rants/1370938/...)

- App stability: mainly Android - we fixed crashes, did a push-notif overhaul, and tried to continue making the apps better and more stable

- A record amount of devRant meetups were held, and we couldn't be more proud about that, and we thank every person who organized one! (just a few: https://devrant.com/rants/1588218/... https://devrant.com/rants/1884724/... https://devrant.com/rants/1683365/... https://devrant.com/rants/1922950/...)

We had a busy year, and despite some things going on for us personally and some setbacks around those, we think this was a very productve year for devRant and that we are going in the right direction. We're continuing to constantly evaluate feedback from members of the community to decide where to take the app next. We're fully committed to improving the devRant community in 2019 and we have a lot of ideas about how we can do that. We're working on some things, but we're not really announcing them yet, so please sit tight for those :) In the meantime, feel free to let us know what you'd like to see improved/added the most as we always like to get updated feedback from the community.

As always, thank you everyone, and thanks for your amazing contributions to the devRant community!

Looking forward to 2019,
- David and Tim

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    Happy holidays @dfox and everyone on devrant that makes everyday more torelable. And a happy new year as well.
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    Merry Christmas from the whole devNews Team!
    Let's make 2019 a great year!
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    Frohe Weihnachten!
    Greetings from Austria!
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    Merry Christmas/happy holidays!
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    Happy holidays devRant boys. If you're open to an intern, I'd love to help development (Plus I need an internship for my degree and don't wanna get something shit! Lol)
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    Merry Christmas, everybody!

    And thanks, @trogus and @dfox, for sharing with us this amazing community / family!

    A great new year for all of us! I wish your 2019 to be better than 2018 and worse than 2020!
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    Merry Christmas to you guys as well! It's great to see the platform remaining a safe place for us devs to rant about stuff, and those extra features do make the experience a lot better. Coming from uncategorized rants when I first joined to notification categories (not sure if they were already a thing back then), rant categories and so on.. devRant sure has come a long way. Simply amazing :D
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    And yeah, for those who have Christmas, Merry Christmas πŸ˜ƒ
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    Awesome guys! And yay my achievement is mentioned 😊

    Happy Christmas everyone :D
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    Happy holidays all...
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    Github wishes Merry Christmas to all devranters.

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    Sad that I didnt know about the meetup here in zurich... so sad...
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    Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you too dfox and trogus 😊
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    Oh and I hate to be that guy but there's no force https redirect on devcomics.com @dfox πŸ˜…
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    Merry christmas to both of you and the whole rest of this great community.
    I would like touse this opportunity to thank you for the incredible work you are doing!
    I sincerly hope you guys can cover the server bills trough the devrant income (and that there is enough left for you two guys to have a nice devRant christmas dinner)

    @Linuxxx its part of your devRant identity to be that guy imo (πŸ‘)
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    Merry Xmas everyone!
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    Merry Christmas to you too. And thank you for your time and thought invested in devrant. We appreciate it
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    Merry Christmas, ranters!
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    Merry Christmas ! You are our heroes πŸ™
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    Merry Christmas guys thank you for your continued hard work
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    Thank you @trogus and @dfox for your awesome work!
    You brought a lot of devs together with your platform! πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ♥️
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    @dfox Please add total number of devs in our community.
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