Howdy all, I just wanted to inform the community of the changes that have occurred in the PortableApps.com IRC support channel, #portableapps on irc.freenode.net.
As discussed previously by Ryan, there are 3 main 'positions' we've set up; Operators, Gurus, and DeMos.
Operators have full channel access, and have the most 'authority' in the channel.
Gurus are members who hang in the channel often are and typically helpful in providing support to users as well as managing the channel.
DeMos are developers and moderators. These members are automatically voiced on entry to the channel. These members are to lead as an example and do there best at providing support and managing the channel as well.
The past operators consisted of John, Ryan, Kevin, and I. We have just added three new operators, Gizmokid2005, Chris Morgan, and Oliver. These users were selected as they are generally around quite often, they fill in gaps of times in the channel where an operator is not typically around, they are helpful and supportive in the channel and in out community, and they can handle IRC and are dedicated to the position.
Various new developers have been given voice in the past few days, which changes our plans for Gurus. Currently, alpha1beta (alpha1) is the only non-developer who has voice, and therefore is a 'guru'. powerjuce and (hopefully) Zach Thibeau will also be acting as gurus. There were various other members who we though would fit the position almost perfectly, but unfortunately they are not on IRC as much as we'd like.
As for developers, our current developers consist of David, Jacob, Kevin, Marko, Nathan, Oliver, me, powerjuce, Ryan, Shawn, Simeon, Steve, Travis, Zach Thibeau, and Zach Hudock. There are 4 (I believe) developers who currently do not have voice as they are not around to frequently. If you would like voice (you know who you are), please do contact me and we can get that worked out. The operators consist of Marko, me, Ryan, Steve, and Tim. All of these users also have most administrative options like the operators. All of use (with the exception of Marko) are typically around quite frequently and will play more of an operator role when needed if we do not fufill the posision already.
Comments Needed: Developers, Gururs, and Moderators currently have +V set on them so they are given the voice flag upon entry to the channel, distinguishing them against the other users. We were thinking operators should be given +O (op upon entry) to distinguish them as well. This is not to belittle the other users in the channel, but only to distinguish them as someone who is likely to be around, able to provide support, administration, etc. Comments?
Thanks, let me know what you think about this. If you think you'd be a suitable Guru, please contact me privately, or leave a comment here and I'll contact you. Operators, however are final and no new ones are needed at the moment.