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  • JED Review/Vote Cleanup

    The JED review system is one of the most debated areas of the JED between developers. One of the key areas I plan to see improved durning my tenure as team manager is a new review system.

    The current review system hasn't really been improved or changed for a long time. With the size of the JED it's far past time that we explore a new system that provides users a more informative look into an extension.

    As we draft a game-plan of the review system we envision, we will be taking some steps to clean up the current system and the bloated database.

    On or after October 18, 2012 all votes that do not have a review attached to them will be removed.

    On or after October 30, 2012 all votes/reviews that are 2+ years old will be removed.

    Once we have a better picture of the review system we plan to roll-out we'll blog about it and seek community feedback.

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  • Wanted: Mid Sized Business Using Joomla For Case Study

    We are seeking permission from a mid-sized business that is having a great experience using Joomla to be the subject for a case study that will be published in an upcoming issue of a major web oriented publication. The deadline to send me your suggestions is this Sunday, October 14.

    Here are the points that will make an ideal candidate for this case study:

    • A mid-size business (roughly 100 - 500 employees) - not a university, government, or non-profit website.
    • Their evaluation process should have considered using Joomla, WordPress, and Drupal, and they chose Joomla.
    • They should be in production with Joomla long enough (ideally a year or longer) that they are very familiar with it.

    If you know of a business that fits the points mentioned above, and you think they would be interested in participating in this case study, please do the following by Sunday, October 14:

    • First, contact the business and ask an authorized decision maker if they would be interested in participating in this published case study
    • If they are interested in participating, please email the following information by Sunday, October 14 to me at
      • Name and contact information (email address and phone number) for the person at the company that the reporter should follow up with
      • Name of the company
      • Short description of their business and what they are using their Joomla website for
      • URL for their Joomla website

    In addition to the Joomla case study that we have been asked to provide ideas for, the reporter will also be asking the WordPress and Drupal projects for their ideas of similar mid-size business case studies that fit the same profile but chose WordPress or Drupal. 

    Thanks in advance for your help! I hope we can come up with ideas for a great Joomla case study that will compare favorably alongside the other case studies about examples using WordPress and Drupal.

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  • Welcome Matt Baylor as new JED Team Manager

    The Joomla! Community Leadership Team (CLT) is pleased to welcome Matt Baylor as the new Joomla Extensions Directory (JED) Team Manager. Matt is member of the JED team for a while now and contributed on reports, fraud/abuse and screening of new extension submissions in the past. He will use his experience to work with the team on improvements and migration of the JED website.

    Matt Baylor takes over the role of team manager from Matt Lipscomb. Matt Lipscomb also has his role as CLT liaison for the JED transferred to Sander Potjer. We would like to thank Matt Lipscomb for his role as team manager and CLT liaison for the JED in the past years.

    Volunteers wanted!

    The JED team is looking for new team members to expand the team in the upcoming weeks. You can help out on many different areas, have a look at the JED Team Structure page for an overview of the positions and the JED Team Application form. Volunteer today!

  • Joomladay Cape Town 2012 & sharing knowledge

    Last month I attended Joomladay Cape Town 2012 in South Africa. It was great to meet the South African Joomla community and to attend the presentations.

    During the event various people told me that they experienced the South African society as very protective. They thought people were very reluctant in sharing information. However, that was not how I experienced the people who attended Joomladay Cape Town: They were all very friendly and open, and shared a lot of knowledge.

    “Open Knowledge”

    In my keynote presentation How to contribute to the Joomla community I described the importance of sharing knowledge in an open source software community in general, and in Joomla in particular.

  • Call for OSM Board Nominations - Sept 2012

    Open Source Matters (OSM) is entrusted with providing organizational, legal, and financial support for the Joomla! project. You can find out more about the organization at

    Given those responsibilities, and the anticipated departure of two board members in the next two months, the decision has been made to expand the board once more.

    We are looking for your nominations for new OSM board members.

    We acknowledge that the greater worldwide Joomla! community can help us a lot in this election process, and make us aware of potential candidates we may overlook.

    Nomination Information

    We are looking for up to three new board members. For one of the open OSM board member positions, we are seeking a person to become OSM's Capital Committee Team Leader. This person will be asked to form and lead a team who will be primarily responsible for supporting existing project sponsors, reaching agreements with new sponsors, and looking for other new opportunities to bring in more revenue to support the project's growth. If you believe you can be successful in this role, please fill out the nomination form and tell us more about your interest, skills, and experience.

    Useful areas of experience and expertise for nominees include:

    • Accounting, bookkeeping or financial
    • Legal or trademark
    • Organizational or managerial skills
    • Non-profit organizations
    • Fund-raising
    • PR and Marketing
    • Education or certification development work
    • Events planning and support

    Nomination Criteria

    We are looking to recruit the very best and the brightest members in the Joomla! community.

    Some of the criteria that will be used when evaluating nominations include:

    • Community: the nominee should have a strong track-record of successfully collaborating with, enabling others and earning the respect of the Joomla! community.
    • Character: the nominee should have proven themselves a person of high character, with a history of acting honestly, fairly and openly when in leadership roles.
    • Experience and Expertise: if the nominee is being proposed for a specific role, they should have strong experience and expertise in that area.
    • Success: the nominee should be able to point to a history of success and leaving previous roles in a better state than when they arrived.
    • Diversity: to work towards gender balance and ethnic and geographical diversity, we are committed to seeking nominations from talented members of the Joomla! community who are female and / or represent diverse ethnic and geographical backgrounds, as well as fluent speakers of languages other than English.

    Nomination Schedule

    • Nominations close: September 19
    • Appointments announced: October 3