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hey everyone... i am working on a presentation for the upcoming uWestFest and I want it to focus on community... but i need your help. Please leave a word, phrase or manefesto in the posts below and share what the umbraco community means to you. what drew you in initially, why you stay an active member, etc. I would be so appreciative for your stories. I want to use your examples to help illustrate how the North American users can get involved and feel the love.
Funny you should ask that, Bob :)
One of my earliest experiences with the Umbraco community was asking you how the blog worked on your own site. I remember you sending me lots of code, and even offering to log in remotely to the site I was developing to have a look. I thought: this is the community for me!
I also had Niels comment on my first Umbraco blog post ever, back in 2007 I think, which really made me feel, as a total noob, that my input was important. I believe I may have been ranting about how difficult it was to get an image onto a page using XSLT ;)
Since then it's the constant evolution of the product I suppose that keeps me involved, plus the fact that it's a fantastic tool for the job. If it wasn't, I doubt many of us would still be here, community or not...
Cheers, and keep up the good work. Hope uWestFest goes well, I'm sure it will!
@David...wow, thanks for bringing back those great memories. I had some awesome community mentors back in the day. [Doug and Casey] and it is so fun to help people discover what a great tool Umbraco is. I always find myself smiling and thinking... wow, who would have thought that a piece of software could be responsible for so many of the great friends I have in this life. Still blows my mind nearly every day.
Thanks for sharing David!
I was Matt Brailsfords best man and we met solely through using (and loving) Umbraco. Can't get much cooler than that right ;)
Oh and I built paymattback.com (ironically not on Umbraco) and we got a lot of wonderful donations from the community to help send him on this honeymoon, it was like watching the donations for Walter White come flooding in very heart warming that the community cares so much. Something I'm reminded of everytime we have a meet up. The tag line says it all, friendliest cms ever.
Reason to be umbraco1. It's the friendliest tech group out thereWhen you post a question regardless of whether you are new or not you will never be flamed, or given grief, people will give you time and do their best to help you. Not something that always happens on other forums.2. You will learn loadsThere are some very clever people doing good and great things and they will share ideas code and help to push you and your knowledge forward.3. Why so serious?There is a lot of fun to be had, whether it's dancing badly or just sharing jokes and links4. The community itself It's global, I've met people who are from around the world New Zealand , Australia, at the last Uk festival there was a contingent from Israel, all over Europe , including Denmark, Sweden Norway, holland , Belgium , all over Britain and Ireland and the good old USAMost importantly you will make friends I know I have
After a few years of doing WordPress - my first experience with an open-source project, (I wrote a few plugins for it) - I was looking a more flexible CMS. WordPress is a great blogging platform, but limited as a CMS.
Luckily I stumbled upon Umbraco, that looked very flexible ... and the best part was that it used XSLT - of which I had a lot of previous experience with (since 1999). It was a joy to develop with! (yeah, yeah I can hear the boos & hisses) ;-)
Then from reading the forums, I noticed a lot of people struggling with XSLT... so I decided to help by answering forum posts. It was my way of paying back for having a "free" CMS.
After that I started to develop packages, organise a local user-group and even did a talk at CodeGarden!
As corny as it sounds, Umbraco has changed my life. Most of my close friends now are people who I've met through Umbraco, (I was also at Matt's wedding). I started up a business (Umbrella) that focuses exclusively on Umbraco with Rich Green (who I first met at CG10).
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