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197 points by Walkman on July 24, 2014 | hide | past | web | favorite | 25 comments

That is really a great news to see Trello taking off now on its own. I really like the tool overall and used it my self for my own purpose.

Unfortunately to use it in a larger company, it is a more difficult situation since there is no hosted in house solution. I know various team in a company that would be willing to pay the extra $$ to host a Trello set of servers in house to avoid sending data outside their network.

If Trello was to consider making such hosting a reality I am pretty sure it will spread really quickly like Wiki server are now becoming quite standard and hosted inside company's network.

Yeah, I've told some people who work in the financial sector about Trello, but they cannot use it because the would have to sanitize their input so much before regulators would let them send data outside of their company.

We're already working on open source tracker similar to trello called Restya Board. Will be available around end of August at http://restya.com/ May join for updates on info at domain

I am not involved, but perhaps the limiting factor was time and resources. Perhaps an infusion of money could make it feasible.

I love trello and use it every day for everything from my day job to side projects.

There are a few things I feel could be tweaked. The number one would be allowing users to create more than 6 labels. It has been asked for a number of times on their uservoice page and always gets the response "we want to keep it simple for newbs".... I don't understand how allowing "expert" users some way of creating more labels impacts on newbs......

Most other features which I feel trello could do with have been plugged up by the amazing trello plus chrome extension. Trello should probably just hire the guy who makes it.


Check out the column this card is in: https://trello.com/c/ylDBKS2F/1059-more-labels-tags

I wondered the same thing. My reasoning is it forces you to keep your categories simple, which makes looking at the cards on the board easier.

If using lots of labels became the way things were done in Trello, it wouldn't have been so simple. The best thing about Trello in my eyes is your ability to refer it as a tool to colleagues. Many many times they would come back thanking me because Trello was what they were looking for.

I tried Trello and didn't get it.

Now I'm wondering if I'm the only person on the planet for whom it didn't work.

But still - I have a lot of ideas and projects that need organising, and Trello just didn't happen for me.

Good on JS for another successful launch though.

Did you use it with other people? While it can work on an individual level (i.e. where you are just making boards for yourself), that isn't really what it was designed for. I wouldn't put it in the same group of tools as personal productivity software. While you can use it for yourself, it really shines when you have a group of people trying to collaborate and share information.

It's especially useful for viewers (i.e. not people writing things in Trello, but people watching others update info and tracking the progress of something).

The most amazing thing to me about Trello is that while the software guy in me wants to lock it into a more structured project management tool for say Scrum, it is amazing that with a very small amount of options, features, and metaphors it manages to be a solid tool for a lot of people.

It doesn't work great for every team or every situation, but it is a very interesting canvas to paint on (so to speak).

It is practically a tool that invites you to come up with clever ways to organize your own things simply because it gives you a handful of smart, simple metaphors and doesn't restrict you too much in how you interpret them.

Smart software.

I always wondered what Joel's workday is like. How he divide up this time between Fog Creek, Trello, and Stackexchange.

As someone who works for Joel, I have the same question. I'm fairly certain all the Fog Creekers think Joel spends all his time with us at Stack, and all the Stackers think Joel spends all his time at Fog Creek.

Does it matter?

I'm sure he isn't actually doing much engineering/coding these days. His time is probably spent managing for the most part, in-which case it's easy to see him being able to juggle the three. (not saying managing is easy)

Some of my best times spent not programming in the office has been sitting in the coffee bar chit chatting with Joel, so yeah, I'd like to have him around as much as possible :)

I work at Fog Creek and we certainly do think that Joel spends a lot of time with you :)

Haha this thread is starting to sound like polygamy.

The real takeaway in this article, that no one seems to be discussing much, is at the end, about how it's possible to make a company that is good to its people. This is the third one Joel's been involved in.

Oh Investors at Trello. With Money.

Future headlines in 1-2 years: Trello acquired by Microsoft/Google/Yahoo

Future headlines in 2-3 years: Trello team joins product X, and the product is discontinued. "It has been an amazing journey"

Why bother commenting when you didn't read the post?

Quote from Joel:

> In the case of Trello, we had so much interest from investors that we were even able to limit ourselves to investors who were already investors in Stack Exchange and still get the price and terms we wanted. The advantage of this is that we know them, they know us, and they’re aligned enough not to fret about any conflicts of interest which might arise between Stack Exchange and Trello because they have big stakes in both.

Bet's on for Microsoft.

Has the stack Trello is built on changed at all? ref: http://blog.fogcreek.com/the-trello-tech-stack/

Not much, but there have been a few changes:

- We added on ElasticSearch (for the search bar).

- We have almost phased out Socket.IO (we were only using the WebSocket transport, so it wasn't doing much for us).

- We're working on dropping Redis PubSub in favor of RabbitMQ (we're keeping Redis for transient data, though).

> "Because it can have potentially harmful ramifications for collaborative boards, permanently deleting a board is not currently possible. We kindly ask that you close the board"

> "Because of the collaborative nature of lists, they cannot be deleted. We ask that you please archive them per the above."

How come you can delete cards then?

I think this is a great idea. Trello has much potential and like you said this will make Trello better with the increased focus.

We use trello for project management and it is awesome! I love the design.

More discussion (156 comments) here: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8079110

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