2009 Help Channel Superstar Awards

We love our support channel, and all of our channel superstars! In honor of them, we will award prizes, including conference admission and travel to Budapest, to those people who are most helpful in the #plone support channel.

Are you a Help Channel Superstar?  Have you been helped by one?  The Plone Foundation, supported by Joel Burton and Plone Bootcamps, is pleased to announce the 2009 Plone Help Channel Superstar Awards, through which we'll recognize the outstanding community members who volunteer in the #plone IRC support channel.

The #plone IRC support channel is the Plone community's free, volunteer-powered, 24-hour-a-day live helpline.  Unlike many other open-source IRC channels, #plone is incredibly active, newbie-friendly and it's the number one way to get immediate help with both simple and complicated Plone questions. 

None of this would be possible without the many Plone community members who volunteer their time and expertise to field questions.  Their passion, experience and wisdom is vital to "smoothing the on-ramp" to Plone for new users.  We're proud to honor and recognize them through this award process.

The Rules

It's simple.  If you spot someone in the act of being a "Help Channel Superstar," nominate them using this handy form

Nominate Plone Help Channel Superstars!

Nominations close August 28th, 2009

Behavior characteristic of Help Channel Superstars could include (but is not limited to):

  • Extreme helpfulness to new Plone users
  • Conspicuous persistence in tackling unusual or complicated questions
  • Creating a welcoming environment for everyone.

For tips on learning ways to be an IRC superstar, see How to Be A Support Channel Superstar.

Nominations are now open, and will close August 28th. 

We'll then open a quick round of Plone community-wide voting during the week of August 31st to narrow the field of nominees down to the top 5.  

An all-star panel of judges will then choose the winners by September 10th.


Grand prize

One supremely helpful grand prize winner will receive free admission to the conference and $1000 travel stipend to Plone Conference 2009 in Budapest.  (Total value ~$1250)

Second prize

Our runner up will receive a free seat in a future Plone Bootcamps training class of their choosing (a $500-600 value).

Honorable mention

We'll have a variety of t-shirts, swag and other tokens of appreciation for an as-yet-undetermined number of runners-up.

Thanks to our sponsors

The Plone Foundation wishes to thank Joel Burton of Plone Bootcamps, for dreaming up this idea and for his generous donation of our first and second place prizes.

Meet the Judges

  • Joel Burton (joelburton) is a Plone developer, consultant, and trainer. He teaches the Plone Bootcamps series of training courses. Joel served on the Plone Foundation board of directors three times, twice as board chair.
  • Chris Calloway (cbcunc) is a primary organizer behind TriZPUG, one of the most active and successful Zope/Python/Plone user groups in the world. He also led the planning of CampFive and the BBQ sprint, and teaches Python courses to eager students around the world.
  • Steve McMahon (stevem) is most famous as the author and maintainer of several stellar add-on products, most noticeably PloneFormGen. He is a principal at Reid-McMahon. Steve has served on the Plone Foundation board for the past two terms, and currently serves as Board Secretary.
  • Jon Stahl (jonstahl) is the Director of Web Solutions at ONE/Northwest, a leading integrator for Plone in the nonprofit sector. Jon organized the 2006 Seattle Plone Conference and the 2008 Plone Strategic Planning Summit. He has served on the Plone Foundation board twice, and currently serves as Board Chair.
  • Matthew Wilkes (matthewwilkes) is a prolific developer in the Plone project, with significant code in core Plone and add-on such as Vice. He helped mentor during the Google Highly Open Participation Project and the Google Summer of Code. Matthew is a freelance developer and serves on the Plone 4 and 5 framework teams.

The Fine Print

  • Anyone can nominate anyone. Individuals can nominate themselves. Individuals can nominate several people, once per form entry.
  • Current Plone Foundation board members and 2009 Help Channel Superstar Contest judges are not eligible.
  • The purpose of the community vote is to help the judges narrow the candidates down to a set of finalists. The decision of the judges is final.
  • Prizes cannot be redeemed for cash.