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May 16, 2009

Boarding, please!

Category: Boarding, please

By: Peter Proell

The new blog telling you what is going on behind the scenes and inviting you to help!

Peter Proell

Hi, my name is Peter and since this March I am member of the TYPO3 Association board, responsible for communication, mainly in charge of answering emails at

The day I applied for my trade license I also registered as an association member. It was all natural for me, that I will give some money back to the project if I do earn money with the help of TYPO3. I appreciated having this opportunity, to give something back for what I get. That was in 2007.

In 2008 I visited my first TYPO3 events. The developer days, the “TYPO3 goes Kieler Woche” and the conference in Berlin. I was quite surprised, being confronted with a lot of criticism concerning the Association. So I started to ask questions.

What is the TYPO3 Association actually, who is the Association and what are they doing? Is the criticism justified and if yes, what could be my part to change things to better. These have been the questions I asked myself. And as I did not have answers, I started to give Gina as the brand new secretary of the Association a hard time. Sorry Gina ;-).

It ended up with the knowledge, that there is lots of work to do and only five people in the board, with one position vacant and another position to be vacant in short time. I heard, that everybody offering reliable help is heartily welcome.

That was about the opposite of what people said. So the main problem seemed to be that nobody knows exactly what “the Association” is doing but everybody made out his own picture ending up in unjustified criticism. I have been confronted with wrong facts, that could be disproved just by one look at But still, there was a big lack of communication by the Association.

And that for sure was justified criticism and that's what I want to change. So this is what this blog is about. To tell you what is going on behind the scenes and invite you to help:

BOARDing, please!

Stay tuned for the next posting about what is currently going on behind the board scenes.


comment #1
Gravatar: François Suter François Suter May 16, 2009 22:32
Looking forward to reading more here. Keep it up!

comment #2
Gravatar: Michael Cannon Michael Cannon May 17, 2009 12:19
Peter, Thank you for stepping up and taking a lead for helping improve TYPO3 Association communications.

comment #3
Gravatar: gina gina May 17, 2009 20:28
hey peter. things could be much easier if we would ask each other before acting on the assumption that others have to keep something secret. so... i never had such a good hard time ;-)

comment #4
Gravatar: Sebastian Kurfürst Sebastian Kurfürst May 17, 2009 21:16
Hey Peter,
great to see some action here! I really love it when people like you take such an initiative :-)
Greets, and see you soon,

comment #5
Gravatar: Karsten Karsten May 17, 2009 21:46
Go, Peter, go! I am happy to work with you, thanks for stepping up!

comment #6
Gravatar: ben van \'t ende ben van \'t ende May 19, 2009 11:04
wow, peter. what a great positive article. i will also write an article for the blog in the future.

comment #7
Gravatar: Søren Schaffstein Søren Schaffstein May 19, 2009 19:20
Hej Peter,
I am really happy to work with you! So: go blog, go!

comment #8
Gravatar: Adrian Adrian June 15, 2009 11:21
ciao peter! good to have on board! thanks!

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