The Plone Foundation, in recognition of our excellent IRC-based support channel, is pleased to announce the first Support Channel Superstar Contest. Individuals can nominate themselves or other people for recognition of their outstanding value to our user-support culture in #plone.
“The purpose of this contest is to recognize and celebrate how special #plone is for our users. It provides 24-hour-a-day, every-day-of-the-year direct support from our most knowledgeable and helpful users,” says Jon Stahl, Chair of the Plone Foundation. “This kind of support really demonstrates the strength of the open source model.”
“The #plone support channel is at the heart of what Plone is — friendly, approachable, and always there to help you out”, adds Alexander Limi, co-founder of the project. “It has been an important part of our story since day one.”
The winner will receive conference admission for the Budapest 2009 Plone Conference plus $1,000 travel stipend. The second-place winner wins free admission to any future Plone Bootcamps course. Runners-up will receive Plone gifts, such as t-shirts, bumper stickers, and other fun items.
The contest was conceived and sponsored by Joel Burton, a Plone consultant and trainer who delivers Plone Bootcamps for new-to-Plone and experienced users. “From watching students in courses learn about our always-available online support, I know how important it is.” says Joel. “With this contest, we want to recognize the culture we have —and inspire future support channel superstars, too!”
The contest runs until August 25, 2009.