Congratulations, Paul Withers!

Oliver Busse | 4 days ago | Comments

pw_lifetimechamp.jpgWith great pleasure, the OpenNTF board likes to announce the latest achievement of one of our board members, Paul Withers, who was awarded the IBM Lifetime Champion on last Sunday at the IBM Think conference in Las Vegas!

Paul does a great job over the years in the community being one of the core members of OpenNTF, the Extlib and ODA developer tribe and a frequent and reliable creator of highly valuable blog posts regarding all things ICS, XPages, Java and technology overall.

"The IBM Champion Lifetime Achievement award recognizes an IBM Champion who stands above their peers for service to the community. Over multiple years, these IBM Champions consistently excel and positively impact the community. They lead by example, are passionate about sharing knowledge, and provide constructive feedback to IBM. The Lifetime Achievement award provides automatic re-nomination into the IBM Champion program for the duration of the program, plus other benefits."

Paul was awarded along with other great people that we also want to mention:

  • Roberto Mazzoni
  • Alex Ivanov
  • Tiago Moura
  • Pete Massiello
  • Stuart Litel
  • Klaas Brant

Congrats again to you all - keep up the good work!

Open Badges Updates plus Website Changes and Fixes

Paul Withers | 2 weeks ago | Comments
Over the weekend we announced two new open badges available for those who run user groups, There is one that's generic for OpenNTF and one that's for OpenCode4Connections. If you run a user group and would like either or both of these badges, please contact Paul Withers (you've almost certainly got one social media access route!).

We're aware there have been issues recently posting discussions, defect and feature requests via the website and for a bit longer replying to any of these. Some work has been done over recent days that should have resolved all those issues now. The refactoring has been part of more significant streamlining in the design, particularly around registration, password management and account maangement. In time this will be extended further into capturing last login. As ever with a site as long-running as OpenNTF, there are a large number of old and possibly redundant accounts but currently no way to identify them. This work will eventually allow us to manage the infrastructure better. No significant changes will be occurring in the short term and we will keep you apprised.

For the same reason we will soon be reaching out to contributors to try to identify current active projects. There will be a number of projects where the main project Chef no longer works with IBM technologies, where the project has been abandoned or superseded. This will allow us to keep the list of main projects fresher as we go forward. This may mean we reach out for people to take over projects, if they wish them to remain active, but rest assured nothing will be removed without notice.

Updates To OpenNTF Website Content

Paul Withers | 4 months ago | Comments
Today we pushed up some changes to the OpenNTF website. The previous area "IP and Legal" has been split down into "IP" and "Legal". The Legal area covers legalistic documents for aspects such as our bylaws, IP policy, privacy policy etc. If you're looking for practical content about the IP process and how to apply it, you should look instead at the IP area. A lot of the content here has been restructured or slightly reworded to better explain why we do it, why you want us to do it, and do make it less daunting to implement. It may seem scary if you've not done it before, but in practice it's very straightforward and our IP Manager Jesse Gallagher will help you through any typically minor amendments, if they are needed.

Hopefully we've updated all links within the site, but if you spot any or have ideas for any improvements, please let us know either on the OpenNTF Slack chat or posting to our @OpenNTF Twitter account.