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.
Florian Dal Fitto (xillibit)
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.
Jelle Kok (810)
Position: Team Manager & Developer
Location: Enkhuizen (Netherlands)
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.
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 Kunena.
Sven Schultschik (svanschu)
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!.
Richard Binder (rich)
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 Haaranen (Mortti)
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.
Matias Griese (Matias)
Location: Turku (Finland)
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 3.1. He helps his wife with her baby wrap shop located at http://www.wearababy.com.
Oliver Ratzesberger (fxstein)
Location: San Jose, CA (USA)
Oliver Ratzesberger is an IT Director in California. 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.
Contacting the team
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:
Joshua Weiss (coder4life), Michael Russell (sozzled), Ron Severdia (severdia), 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), Frank Gore (GoremanX), Joe Collins (Jiminimonka), Janich Rasmussen (LittleJohn) and many others. Thank you.