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Frequently asked questions

Most frequently asked questions


  • No, your buddy is your buddy and not your mentor. You both expect the other to share knowledge and to support each other.
  • You and your buddy decide together how you want to work together and what you will work on. Some buddies decide to build a project, take an online course, or prepare for technical interviews together. Others work on their projects individually and meet up to hold each other accountable and to discuss learnings and progress.
  • You will be matched to one buddy at a time.
  • Buddies that are matched across the world often struggle to find meeting dates when located in different time zones. We ask for your location so that we can find a buddy in a similar time zone. If you feel uncomfortable about sharing your city, feel free to tell us your state or country only. Please be aware that if you come from a big country, this might make it harder for us to find a buddy in the same time zone for you.
  • After 10 weeks of collaboration, you can decide to continue working with your buddy, to be matched to a new buddy or to take a break from collaborating with a buddy.
  • Sometimes it happens that a buddy disappears and stops the collaboration without letting you know. Some life event might keep him or her from responding, and you will be left wondering what happened. If your buddy does not reply for more than a week, you can un-match yourself and find a new buddy. The ‘unmatch’ button is located on the lower right on your buddy page.
  • If you do not feel comfortable with your buddy, you can un-match him or her with the button located on the lower right of your BuddyMeUp page. Please let your buddy know you are terminating the collaboration beforehand. Important: If your buddy is harassing you or violating our code of conduct in another way, please unmatch your buddy and send a message to contact@codum.cc! It is very important to us that all users comply with our code of conduct and put their best efforts to keeping our community supportive, healthy, and happy.
  • Our matching algorithm checks the pool of buddies for a person that shares your learning goals and other important attributes (e.g. time zone, topic of interest, …) and that matches your indicated preferences. Some attributes are more important than others for the matching – learning goal is more important than time zone – and we are trying our hardest to find a great buddy for everyone. We will only run the matching algorithm if we have a sufficient number of signups to guarantee good matches for everyone. This might come at cost of time, and we encourage you to bring your friends to speed up the matchmaking!
  • Codum is a platform that hosts a community of learners. Here, aspiring and advanced coders get together to 1) share content and to keep up-to-date in their topic of interest, and 2) to be matched to a buddy to take on the coding-journey together.
  • You need to be 18 or more years old to join Codum and sign up for a Buddy.
  • Codum is currently completely free of cost.
  • We use your data to find a good match for you and to improve our services. We do not use it for retargeting and we do not sell it to third parties.
  • You can deactivate your account in your profile by clicking "deactivate account"
  • We are a small and diverse team of individuals and volunteers, spread across the world, headquartered in Munich, Germany. What combines us is the passion for life-long learning, and the mission to empower self-directed and affordable learning for everyone. We are just starting out and happy to grow with your feedback. If you like what we are doing and want to get involved, shoot us a message: contact@codum.cc!

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