, I would very much appreciate some assistance related to what you wrote about volunteers.
You see, I had believed up until about a week or so ago that this entire project fell under the heading of an NPO, but then I had to start some research on this and was very surprised to find that I was totally wrong.
I also do not know of any such entity designation in the UK of NFNVMPO -- Not For Very Much Profit Organization.
So there is a commercial interest of some sort here and in some of the documentation some of my team members provided me I have a list of some of the employees and some of them are developers. They are not volunteers. Now, maybe they are part-timers, I wouldn't know. But a part-timer is not a volunteer.
So here is the dilemma I have and that dilemma is right here on this site.
I have continued to do research and I see that which you wrote above, P_I
, posted by a number of folks but without qualification.
In addition, I used various search tools and found no list on a phpBB site of volunteers as opposed to employees.
And maybe at this point I should offer a few posts from my research notes thus far.
Firstly there is this for actually becoming a volunteer:
On this page ... memberlist.php?mode=team
... we do not see any indication of where the team is split between employees and volunteers. Yes, we can make good guesses from what we have seen posted in the past, but why do we need to be guessing?
And about the posts in the past -- let me offer a few that are in my research notes.
--> A recent post by the Moderation Team Leader on August 12th of 2014 clearly indicates that there are some volunteers. Who exactly are the volunteers and who are the employees?
--> Here I found a post by MichaelC om March 8th, 2012 that is very circumspect on volunteerism here at phpBB. I choose to assume that was an accident, but when we search and search and search and can't seem to see through the clouds we begin to wonder why the directors of the company don't just spell it all out in clear text so there will be no misunderstanding.
And by "misunderstanding" I will offer what seems to be some misunderstanding by a much respected member here:
Here is the link ... viewtopic.php?f=64&t=2143698#p13073548
and the part which seems to be of some concern is this:
There are some features that I'd like to see (especially BBCode improvements), of course, but this is a volunteer effort and I'm getting free software, so I can't complain too much.
And the reason I use the vocabulary "concern" is becuase it is posts like that that we see are posted by well established and respected members and we get the impression this is an NPO type of project. Then we write stupid things like "let's have a special donation campaign for" — me being the stupid one there, by the way.
By the way, that particular thread crossed my radar screen because a Google search turned up this:
phpBB • phpBB Falling Behind? - Page 2
Nov 10, 2011 - If you cannot find that time in, say, an entire year, how is it fair to expect development team members, who are all volunteers, to put in more than
Odd thing about that is I could not find that post. Maybe it was deleted.
So I hope you will understand, P_I
, why I am asking you for some help?
Where did you find the information about volunteers on this site and/or volunteers working on a product for PHPBB Ltd. that was compromised by a security breach?
And I'll thank you in advance for your help.