First, I want to say thank you again for those who have shown faith in
me and my ability to add to what has become one of the greatest projects
on the planet. Truly everyone I have worked with has inspired me and
helped me believe in what we do.
I thought I would write a bit about myself and why I accepted nomination
to the BoD of the Document Foundation.
My name is Joel Madero. I am 27 years old, happily married to my college
sweetheart, computer hobbiest living in San Diego, CA (USA). After
finishing my undergraduate studies I worked for the local government for
three years. I ended this position in June to begin my next adventure,
attending the University of California, Irvine - School of Law.
I joined the LibreOffice project late in 2011 after being a user of open
source for some years, but was unable to find an inviting enough project
to contribute to. As many other contributors, my first experience with
LibreOffice was submitting a bug report - at which point I was
encouraged by my mentors on the project to give QA a try. For the last
two or so years I have been mostly involved with QA - helping to grow
the team, triaging as much as possible, leading bi-weekly international
QA calls, representing QA on the Engineering Steering Committee until
beginning law school this fall, and helping begin the process of getting
a North American team together. I try to be active in the user group as
much as possible, and have even gotten the opportunity to put my very
limited C++ skills to the test by committing a few patches.
What I would bring to the board (I suppose "my philosophy").
I am a firm believer that FLOSS relies on a deep rooted community. I
have spoken openly about my belief that we should encourage _all_ users
to "do what they can" to contribute back (either by contributing time or
making monetary donations). On the board, I will use my time to
encourage users to join, primarily by reaching out and showing how
anyone can find a home on our project - including artists, computer
hobbiests, professional developers, marketing gurus, or any other person
using FLOSS software. Truly everyone can make an impact on the project.
I will continue my efforts to encourage all of our teams around the
world to connect and to establish relationships that make it easier to
coordinate in our mutual efforts to improve Libreoffice. Lastly, I will
continue to build lasting friendships with my colleagues - as these
friendships are what I have found to make TDF an incredible organization
and what I know has helped encourage others to give so much of their
time and put in so much effort to make LibreOffice a success.
Again, many thanks to those who have mentored me and encouraged me to be
a part of this organization.
All the best,
On 11/05/2013 02:47 PM, Thorsten Behrens wrote:
Hi, as another candidate, I would very much like to nominate Joel
Madero for the upcoming board of directors election. Joel joined the
project in 2011, and has since been active all over the place. He was
especially instrumental in energizing the QA, with his spirit and
enthusiasm, that built an outstanding team of volunteers working
tirelessly to get our bug influx under control. Joel, with his focus
area and being based in the Americas, would bring important
perspective to the board. I'm very happy therefore that he (privately)
agreed to stand, and ask you to join me in supporting his candidature.
:) Cheers, -- Thorsten
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