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October 2019 LBRY Community Report

Julie Sigwart • Oct 25 2019

Welcome to the October 2019 LBRY Community update!

If you aren’t part of our Discord community yet, join us anytime and say hello! Our community allows LBRYians to interact with the team directly and for us to engage users and grow the LBRY platform. If you don't already, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and Telegram.

In This Update

What's New at LBRY?

Heisenberg (Desktop) and Cartwheel (Android) released

Our latest release, Heisenberg for Desktop and Cartwheel for Android, is a huge milestone for LBRY. For the first time in LBRY history, your account is synched across all of your devices!

Making our network easy to use is our main focus, and the LBRY Network has been growing in terms of both users and content on the network. In fact, there are over 1.5 MILLION claims on LBRY.

Some highlights of Heisenberg:

  • Unified experience across devices, installs, and computers. Sign in on any computer and have your balance, subscriptions, tags, and other settings follow you. Or for maximal privacy and security, manually copy your wallet file around: most user settings and preferences are now written to your wallet. You can read more in the Account Sync FAQ.
  • Comments on channel pages under Discussion tab.
  • Keyboard shortcuts for the following actions → to Seek Forward ← to Seek Backward f to Going Fullscreen m to Mute/Unmute
  • Markdown preview for comments and richer commenting
    • Basic text formatting (bold, italic, strike)
    • URL embeds, LBRY URL previews and channel mentions
    • Code blocks, inline code and blockquotes
    • Embed images and gifs

Highlights of Cartwheel for Android:

  • Unified experience across devices, installs, and computers.
  • Sign in on any computer and have your balance, subscriptions, tags, and other settings follow you. .
  • Fixed playback issues on some mobile networks
  • Added suggestions in the URL bar when typing
  • Added share button and functionality to content pages
  • Improved flow and notifications for new users and users with insufficient balances for channel creation and publishing
  • Upgraded LBRY SDK to 0.43.2, which improves performance, fixes bugs, and adds support for some of the above features. For the full

Full details of the Heisenberg/Cartwheel releases are here.

YouTube Sync Claiming and Transfers

Galileo enables a long-awaited feature to close the loop in our YouTube Sync Partner Program. Now our claiming and transfer process allows creators to take full control of their channels and content. LBRY will only retain access (using a signing key) to publish new items into the channel and can no longer edit any content or the channel metadata itself.

Learn more about how this process works on our updated YouTube Sync FAQ.


We're just about ready to release LBRY to a web browser near you! We did some restructuring on the backend, including migrating our accounts-based model to a wallet-ID one. This creates a better cross platform experience for our users.

The process included converting all accounts to separate wallets, importing any channels that may have been created, and loading of user wallets on startup. The wallet based model will also allow us to scale more efficiently as we can choose what wallets are loaded on which SDK instance supporting the front end.

Eager to give a try now? Head over to and sign up for an account.

Content Creator Rewards

We’ll be rolling out tiered subscriber and publish rewards to content creators that use the LBRY app and those in the YouTube sync program. For example, this means if you get X subscribers, you’ll be eligible for a reward of Y LBC (specific amounts are still being worked out). For publishing, this will work in a similar way by counting the number of publishes made in the LBRY app.

For the YouTube program, we’ll also be changing the yearly reward to a monthly one, which includes any prorated amounts since you were last eligible to claim the reward. Be on the lookout in your email box when this is ready to be claimed!

Last Call to get a LBRY Hacktoberfest t-shirt!

Hacktoberfest is almost over, but there is still time to submit your work and earn swag! Submit Pull Requests to our Github project repos to earn a brand new limited-edition collectible LBRY Hacktoberfest t-shirt and other swag.

Hacktoberfest information, including details about our last live help session can be found here.

Hacktoberfest is Here

LBRY App Language Translations

We're looking for help from you, our community, to help localize LBRY in different languages.

We have some languages already translated, including: Polish, Dutch, Indonesian, and Slovak. If you don't see your native language in this list, please consider signing up to help with translation!

Please go to the LBRY Transifex dashboard if you'd like to either sign up to translate, or continue translating new strings.

Join the Swarm!

If you’re interested in finding out more about the Swarm program, how to start a hive, or join one, please check out this link. You can also learn more about the initiative on

We have a new Discord home for the Swarm, and you can join here and ask us questions about the program or find an interesting hive!

Mario in LBRY Land Yes, you're welcome in the Swarm, even if you're a small Italian cartoon character. Image credit goes to Noob Team Hive.

Selected Hive Updates

LBRY India

It's been an active time for LBRY India! They've been continously contributing content to the LBRY network, meeting in person, and here is a great example of a good objective for a hive: they have created a LBRY Class channel and have been uploading videos about LBRY topics. You can see it here.

In addition to spreading the use and awareness of LBRY, they have been working to address issues facing the future of youth around the world, making their lives better through technology.

LBRY is excited to participate and has given a grant from the to create and incorporate a legal entity with this purpose, called the Block Youth Foundation.

Block Youth Foundation

We're also very proud of LBRY India Champion, Clement Amponsah, who received a National Youth Icon Award 2019 at World Youth Summit.

The Amazing Clement Hive

We're happy to announce a brand new Level 2 hive joining the Swarm: the Hive, Championed by a familiar face from LBRY India, Udit Patel. This hive is based in India and so far has held three meetups about LBRY and also is very active in creating LBRY memes.

You can see all of their memes on

Hulk gif hive is another new Level 2 hive in the Swarm. This is our first science related hive, and we're excited by the possibilities! The hive is focused on adding Open Science related content on LBRY, and the members are also involved with the Gridcoin project and BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing).

You can hear more about Open Science, Gridcoin, and Boinc here, and you can listen to the archive of Gridcoin podcasts. If you're interested in getting involved, you can join the Discord within the Gridcoin server.


LBRY Poland (aka Erydan Esports Hive)

This hive has been working on a beautiful new website home for LBRY Poland. They have created a playful site guaranteed to appeal to a large audience, drawing on their gaming background. We can't wait to see more from this hive!

LBRYpoland home

Noob Team Hive

Big thank you to Noob Team -- and especially Roman Przybyła -- for completing the Polish language translation, and helping us hunt down all the missing strings and bugs. Because of their hard work, translating the LBRY app into many languages is much easier now.

Also congratulations for Wiktor Kukulski and Roman Przybyła for completing internships with LBRY coordinated with their university. We look forward to having both of them back for another internship session.

LBRY China

In addition to working on Chinese language translations on Transifex, the LBRY China hive meets monthly in person, and has been growing their online communities. They boast over 350 members on WeChat and over 4,000 followers on Sinaweibo.

Members from LBRY China are attending the Blockchain World Forum in Shenzhen, October 24-25.

LBRY Africa

One of our newer hives, LBRY Africa, is doing a phenomenal job at introducing LBRY to new users, and creating a community excited about the future of media. Since starting, they have held in-person meetups, built a membership of 144 people on Facebook, and over 50 members in their Swarm Whatsapp.

LBRY Africa Uganda Community

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Want to Develop on the LBRY Ecosystem?

All of our code is open source and available on GitHub. Are you a developer and want to find out more? Check out our contributing guide and our LBRY App specific contributing document. Make sure you have turned on the Developer option in your email preferences (see app overview page), or sign up at We also have a LBRY Discourse Forum where developers can interact with the team and ask questions across all our different projects.

If you aren’t part of our Discord community yet, join us anytime and say hello!

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Julie Sigwart · · ·

Julie brings a unique background including a long history of software development, is a cartoonist, and is also a First Amendment champion. In 1988, the Hustler v. Falwell ruling was a major event in free speech history and has been a major influence for her. As an editorial cartoonist, she appreciates the gravity of that ruling to protect free speech, including speech that may be unpopular. In the early 2000’s, she founded Take Back the Media, a website dedicated to calling out mainstream news media for bias, omissions, and factual inaccuracies. Aside from receiving death threats (another consequence associated with free speech), Julie and Take Back The Media were sued in a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation designed to chill free speech) for publishing contested information involving Michael Savage, Roy Masters, and Talk Radio Network. Ultimately, the lawsuit was withdrawn by the plaintiff, but it set Julie on a course to assist others who have been targeted in SLAPP suits attempting to shut down their free speech.

She is also a veteran of the dotcom era, including managing internet communities for Metacreations Corp, including support forums, gaming forums, and general chat support. She has also worked on and supported Metacreations Corp software titles like Kai’s Power Tips, Kai’s Power Tools, Kai’s Power Photos, and Stephen Hawking’s Life in the Universe product website.