There is no company behind Kunena; everyone who contributes to Kunena is a hobbyist, enthusiast or professional web developer who gives their time freely to this project—volunteers every one of us. Our hope is to make Kunena the most reliable, scalable, durable and robust forum component for Joomla that we can make it and to give people the best solution to meeting their forum needs. The forum is a self-help community-driven resource for users to help one another. Our job, in moderating the forum, is not necessarily to answer every question but, rather, to point people in the right direction where they can find the answers.
If you feel that you have something to offer—as a forum moderator, a developer or as someone to help test Kunena—we would love to hear from you. Please use the following link to submit your application to join the team
Oliver Ratzesberger is an IT Director in Silicon Valley. Born in Austria, he started programming during the early 1980s. With more than 15 years of experience in C and C++ mainly on UNIX and Windows platforms, he moved into large scale data progressing during the mid-1990s and became a specialist for extremely large scale SQL databases.
After starting a hobby website for motorcycles in 2006, he began contributing to various open source projects. Today, Oliver enjoys working on Joomla-based projects and is a co-founder of the Kunena Project.
Matias Griese currently works as a freelance programmer specialising in algorithms, optimisation and security. He started programming in C and C++ in 1991 and in PHP in 1998. His interest in content management systems started in 2005 and he later discovered Fireboard in 2008. He worked for over six years at StoneSoft, specialists in firewalls and the Linux kernel.
Matias is a co-founder of the Kunena Project and is currently working on Kunena 3.0. He helps his wife with her baby wrap shop located at http://www.wearababy.com.
Ron Severdia is CTO of Metrodigi in the San Francisco Bay Area and has directed interactive branding projects—from websites and brand identities to interactive campaigns—for clients such as HP, Verizon, Electronic Arts, Yahoo!, Visa, Walmart.com, and Apple. His prior experience includes stints as a Senior Designer and then Creative Director at Young & Rubicam, DDB, Glow, and Landor Associates. Fluent in several languages, he worked for 7 years in Europe, where he won a Euro-Effie award for his creative work with Schweppes.
Ron has been using Joomla since 2006 to build sites for companies, large and small, including a worldwide branding site for Citibank. He recently redesigned the new look of the Joomla family of websites. He is the author of the Using Joomla book for O'Reilly. He is the founder of the Joomla-based Shakespeare site, PlayShakespeare.com.
Starting as an "ordinary" user, Flo has been actively involved in Kunena project since the very beginning. He is now an enthusiastic "bug hunter/fixer" and developer of many software improvements that we see in Kunena today. Kunena has given him the opportunity to develop his software development skills which he has been able to extend to other areas of Joomla.
When he is not working on Kunena, Flo manages the official French forum for Joomla at http://kunena.aide-joomla.com to give a voice for the French-speaking community of Kunena users.
Sven’s biggest passion is programming and developing himself further with every new challenge. Since 2006 his studies included electrical and informatics engineering at the KIT (Karlsruhe Institut of Technology). His first contact with Joomla (J! 1.0) came after joining the student council web maintenance team (which is also when he started to learn PHP and MySQL). He is now an active member of the JoomTools.de team.
He has worked on several Joomla! projects like http://fachschaft.etec.uni-karlsruhe.de, http://seelenhauch-band.de, to name two of them. His work with the the Kunea Team involves forum moderation, contributions like the “Thank You” feature and language coordination. In his own business, Schultschik Websolution, he has developed the Kunena Birthday module, templates and other useful extensions for Joomla!.
Born and living in Denmark, Janich describes himself as a "dedicated geek": he has a degree as a data technician and has worked professionally with online services since 2000. His first Joomla! project was challenging in every way - to engage a web-based community of over 100,000 people in a busy, active forum. He quickly identified Kunena as the only viable forum for this need and soon after became involved with the active development of Kunena, helping improve the forum component software and design as part of K 2.0.
In his spare time Janich runs his own company as a Joomla consultant. He is also active in various Joomla groups - JBS, local JUGs - where he helps the community with finding solutions to technical problems.
Born in Enkhuizen, Jelle discovered Joomla in the final year of his Information Technology studies and began his career as an IT network and support professional. After a year of this, he wanted a more active job and became a fire-fighter. In 2008 he started a one-man webdesign company in his free time and has built websites like www.brandweerenkhuizen.nl for the local fire department where he is a volunteer.
He started with the Kunena project as a translator and then as the moderator for the Dutch-speaking Kunena community. Following the release of K 1.0.9 Jelle forked his own version—Kunena Ultimate—with support for hacks and tranlations. He now writes PHP and CSS and is closely involved in the development of K 2.0.
Position: Forum Moderator & Contributor
Location: Île-aux-Noix, QC (Canada)
Frank is an avid Joomla enthusiast who isn't afraid to get his hands dirty with PHP when necessary. As a long-time publisher of CMS-based web sites since the early days of Mambo, Frank has many years of experience with Joomla. By combining Joomla with Kunena, Frank has recently built a successful photography community (Friendly Photo Zone) where members share pictures, learn from each other and interact socially with other people who share similar interests. This community acts as a convenient test bed for developmental releases of Kunena and allows Frank to test new potential features which may be included in future releases of Kunena. Other hobbies besides Joomla and Kunena include photography, mountain biking, welding and auto body.
Frank was recently shot by sozzled—and the bullet holes are still visible in his forum avatar. Frank hold no grudges, however, but barbeque flavoured rice crackers would be appreciated.
Position: Designer & Developerr
Location: Los Angeles, CA (USA)
Josh is a full time college student in the Los Angeles area in pursuit of a degree in Computer Information Technology. He was exposed to the ideas for Content Management Systems during the Joomla 1.0 transition from Mambo. Since adopting Joomla 1.5 he has focused greatly on website templates. As a web designer and developer enthusiast, he believes in an active balance between function and design.
Kunena is an opportunity for him to learn and improve on a project that holds a great amount of pride in the Joomla community.
In a nutshell, his career in Information Technology spans over 40 years, nearly all of that working in various Australian Government departments and agencies. For the last 15 years of that time, he's had a keen interest in developing intranet sites and this naturally evolved into the Internet space. His experience covered most activities in the IT field: systems analysis and design, programming, testing, project management, customer relationship management, knowledge management—you name it and he's probably had something to do with it (or he managed teams of people who had the subject-matter skills). It was only in the last couple of years when, by chance, he was introduced to Joomla that he's more easily realised many of his web-based ambitions.
He retired from the workforce in January 2007 and, if he thought he was busy when he was working, he's been busier now than ever—mostly he's busy having a great time!
As a trained electrician, Rich had never done anything with computers or creating websites. One might even call him an adventurer because, after his training, he travelled to many countries. He took a truck to places like Iraq, Iran, and the Middle East. In 1981, he moved on to his new interest—wireless technology and computers. His first experience was on an Atari and everything he knows he's taught himself.
He has followed the development of Kunena from beginning. He feels it's a great project and is glad to be a part of this great team.
Sami has qualifications in Information Technology and Marketing with over 14 years' experience in the field. He currently works with programming CNC operations. As the Finnish Joomla! language co-ordinator he is responsible for Joomla as well as the translations of other Joomla extensions that are used in Finland. Sami's interest in Kunena began in 2005 while using Fireboard and he is now an active member of the Kunena testing team. Because his day job does not allow any margin for error, he wants to make sure that Kunena is as free from software errors as possible. His hobbies are Joomla! Finnish, Kunena, DOCman as well as several other Joomla extensions.
Sami's passion is to make Kunena the most-used and popular forum add-on for Joomla—and to take a break at the weekend to go fishing.
Position: Forum Moderator
Location: Dunstable, United Kingdom
Joe's interest in IT began when he used to spend his time writing BASIC programs for the Atari 800, from when they were first released in the early 1980s, and moved onto assembler language and the Atari ST and PC. After a 20-year break and having lost his ability to work in assembler, he rediscovered networked personal computing in the late 1990s and became interested in webcraft while building his World of Warcraft guild website. He did not feel that phpBB-based forums were particularly well-suited to these interests and moved on to Joomla with Kunenaas the stand-out component for his forum. Joe has been active in assisting the team with the testing of K 2.0.
A father of 3 (all boys), his time is fully occupied with them. By trade he's a shoe repairer but he says that his first love is computers!
If you have a question or something that you would like to discuss with the team, please use our discussion forum. Team members will not reply to private email: personal one-on-one support is not offered here. If you think that your particular issue is best discussed in private, see the following list of email addresses that may suit your needs:
Josep Giribet (johnnydement), Louis Landry (louis.landry), Angelika Reisiger (Lintzy), Noel Hunter (noelhunter), Marc Ross (grumblemarc), Roland Furtmayr (roland76), Mark O'Connor (Spock), Beat B. (Beat), Dragoljub Zečević (@quila), Tomislav Ribicic (Riba), Jónatan Núñez (JoniJnm), Gonzalo Meneses (alakentu), Phil Bennett (cerberus), Jay Burton (BoardBoss), Gilbert Olguin (CheechDogg) and many others. Thank you.
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