Frequently Asked Questions About Codum

Everything you need to know about the product and how it works.

No, your buddy is your buddy and not your mentor. You both expect the other to share knowledge and to support each other.

You’ll be notified on Codum and via E-Mail on the 7th of each month about who your buddy is. After that, login to Slack to connect to your buddy. Make sure your Codum username is the same as your Slack username. Send your buddy a friendly introduction and both of you will be ready to kickstart the journey. Set up a first meeting for the initial setup (define team goal, team name and 4-week plan). For this, and to track your progress and learnings make sure to use the Codum Dashboard.

You and your buddy decide together how you want to work 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.

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.

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.

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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