Our mission

… to dream the impossible dream

Our objectives

I love forums. Just about everything I have learned and still learning are from an assortment of user forums.  It is good to know that there are knowlegeable people on these forums [who give you] … exact and prompt information.a forum user, Bleeping Computer, 18-Jan-2005

3Time is valuable.  We don′t want to take up any more of your valuable time than necessary.

This website is for people who use Joomla, people who teach and study Joomla and people who use the Joomla! forum.

Our primary goal is to find ways to re-energise the Joomla! forum—reinvigorate its sense of purpose and former enthusiasm for it—assist the Joomla community and, through it, the Joomla! project.

Even though I’ve encountered countless wonderful, dedicated, enthusiastic Joomlers in my travels, I see problems with the future direction of the project and for the Joomla! forum—what I’d describe as the life-blood of the Joomla community.  In talking with other Joomlers, I regularly hear people tell me how they distrust the Joomla! forum (or volunteer-run forums, in general) as an efficient way to resolve their technical problems.  It’s kind of sad that others feel this way.  More recently, however, I’ve sensed that the Joomla! forum has lost its enthusiasm and purpose:  operating the forum has become a chore—tedious, relentless and unrewarding—that’s taken its toll on the volunteer staff; volunteers are drifting away; the staff are just not paying attention anymore.  OSM has transitioned from a group of enthusiasts into a empire stifled by bureaucratic “accountability” and  “process” … but maybe that’s just a sign of the times?

All of us have a say in the future of our community.  The Joomla! forum doesn’t exist because some faceless elite permits it (or “facilitates” it); it exists because all of us—stake-holders in Joomla—make it exist (warts and all)!  I have no delusions of grandeur.  I have no desire to be a leader of a revolution, or the leader of a “movement”, or the leader of a mob.  I want to help make a difference and continue the good work of hundreds of other volunteers who have gone before me.  That will be my legacy.

Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.Eric Hoffer, The Temper of Our Time , 1996

I don’t want my epitaph to read “trouble-maker; self-centred; not a ‘team player’”.  I hope that people will, instead, remember me as “thoughtful; considerate (but not necessarily the most tactful person they’ve ever encountered); supportive”.

A constant source of problems, as anyone who uses internet discussion forums will know, is forum spam.  No matter how diligently people may try to keep internet forums focused on their purpose, there are thousands more people who are not interested in those purposes.  We created this site to do something practical about the problem and you can help.

You can help in three ways:

(a) by registering yourself as a member of this site: the more people who register, the better we are able to demonstrate our support for the Joomla community;

(b) your membership subscription costs will be donated to supporting the Joomla! project; and

(c) you can share your ideas and views with us—even if we don’t always agree with you—without feeling pressured or thinking we’re not interest in what you have to say.

If anything is being “sold” here it’s the free exchange of different and differing opinions we may have.  No-one will hound you into buying anything (regardless of whether there may be value in it).  There’s no advertising, contact form, private messaging, hidden agenda, T-shirts or other merchandising available on the site.  The total cost for this “service” is one dollar.  This is a one-time cost; there are no recurring fees.

Your involvement

Every great movement must experience three stages:  ridicule, discussion, adoption.John Stuart Mill

Of course we want you to register yourself here but that’s not our primary objective.  The primary goal is to spread the message about what we’re trying to achieve.   Our request to you is to help us in our mission.  I believe that, together, we can achieve whatever we put our collective efforts into.

If you visit this site just to have a free read of the articles we may write then thank you for taking the time to read them.  If you visit this site to just to see who else is joining the website—perhaps you still have misgivings that we will achieve much of anything—then remember that if the site only attracts idle bystanders it’s not very encouraging for us hard workers, is it?

If you think that we should be putting our efforts into something more worthwhile then please tell us.  We respect your right to keep your opinions to yourself but, equally, we’re not psychic.

If you have ideas about how we can improve and extend our message in a practical way into the Joomla community then let us know that, too.  That’s what a discussion forum is about; that’s where we can exchange information.  Please remember that not everyone who visits this site may understand our motivation—to be, and be seen to be, strong supporters of the Joomla! project—and their misinterpretation could jeopardise our success before we’ve made any progress.  Please respect our wish to keep a low profile—we’re not seeking attention—and use social media or your own contacts to promote our cause.  We do not want our cause to become a point of contention on the Joomla! forum.

Every great movement in the world starts with a tiny group of people who simply refuse to accept a situation.Richard Branson

There are three kinds of people in this world:  those who make things happen, those who watch things happening, and those who wonder what happened.  I believe that, together, we can make a difference.

In the past decade I have met some wonderful, inspiring people through the Joomla! project.  I’ve acquired an incalculable wealth of technical knowledge and, in gratitude to the people who have helped me, I’ve re-invested my energy into giving something back to the community that has helped me.  I haven‘t had 100% unqualified success in everything I‘ve ever attempted but I think I‘ve been pulling my weight.  We all have our share of successes and failure but you can’t succeed if you don’t first try.

Anything less than a conscious commitment to the important is an unconscious commitment to the unimportant.Stephen R. Covey, First Things First: To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy, 1994

Thank you for reading this article.  If you decide to join the website then a very big thank you!

Our promise

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say itEvelyn Beatrice Hall, The Friends of Voltaire, 1906

We can promise, for certain, that we will never agree on everything.  Our hope is to reach out to as many other Joomlers as we can find.  We promise to continue to seek out Joomlers wherever we can, to let them know that we’re here and why we’re here.

We promise to say thank you as much as possible.  Thank you for generously giving your time to read this article.  Thank you for generously sharing your opinions with us.  Thank you, especially, to the people who join our movement.

We promise to treat you with respect.  We respect your privacy.

We promise not to waste your time.  We promise to do our best to add new information—on the forum or in the blog—as often as we can.  We hope that you will bookmark this website and come back again.

Thank you for reading this article.  I’m grateful for your time and I hope I haven’t wasted it.  Cheers!

The true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love.  It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality.Che Guevara