Community platform Spectrum, home to almost 5,000 developer communities, joins GitHub

Dave W. Shanahan

Microsoft, GitHub, Spectrum

Spectrum announced that it is now part of GitHub. In late 2017, Spectrum launched and became home to over 5,000 developer and designer communities. With Spectrum now being part of GitHub, Spectrum community members now have access to everything that GitHub, now a part of Microsoft, has to offer.

With the addition of Spectrum, GitHub will foster new growth by helping Spectrum communities use GitHub’s resources. In a blog post, Spectrum’s founders, Brian Lovin, Max Stoiber, and Bryn Jackson, detail what Spectrum members can expect by now being a part of GitHub:

  1. We’re 100% committed to having the best space for you and your community anywhere on the internet.
  2. Every feature of Spectrum is now free. Every community will have access to our full suite of features – including unlimited moderators, private communities and channels, and community analytics.
  3. Expect deeper integration with GitHub!

Spectrum members might be wondering if anything will change since Spectrum became part of GitHub. For now, only two things will change:

  1. Spectrum Pro users: We’ve turned off payments for pro memberships and converted all “PRO” badges to “Supporter” and “β” badges to indicate our earliest supporters while we were still in beta. All additional benefits of the Pro membership are now available to everyone, but we wanted to make sure Pro users got something unique for showing their support.
  2. Privacy policy changes: We’ve opened a pull request to add some of GitHub’s policies to Spectrum’s Privacy Policy, and those updates will be merged in next week. If for any reason you don’t agree with the changes, you will have time to delete your account before the changes go into effect on December 7, 2018.

Spectrum will remain open-source, free-to-use, and new members can still sign up. In large part, communities will remain the same. If you need direct Spectrum support, you can email Spectrum directly, post feature requests and file bug reports, or reach out to Spectrum’s support community.