On September 10th, 2012, Kevin (aka Webdongle) reached a milestone that no one else has. He has a whopping 20,000 posts on the Joomla Forums.
With this great accomplishment in mind, I thought it was a good idea to sit down with Kevin (virtually) and find out a little bit more about him.
Name: Kevin Griffiths
Location: United Kingdom
Ken: How long have you been using Joomla?
Kevin: Since about spring of 2008.
Ken: What got you interested in Joomla?
Kevin: I was writing websites and using php includes to save having to rewrite every page, then I came across CMS. I looked at several but the active forum of Joomla was the deciding factor. It looked good because I could get help quickly.
Ken: Did you ever think back then that you would some day reach 20,000 posts and be one of the top contributors to that "active forum"?
Kevin: No. I did not think that the php coding was so easy and therefore never thought I would be so good at understanding Joomla. It sounds big headed, but working out the problems and understanding how Joomla works comes easy to me.
Ken: I do not think it sounds big headed at all. Looking at your posts, it is clear to see that you know Joomla very well and are contributing back what you have learned.
Kevin: I like giving back ... it makes me feel good.
Ken: Are you involved with any working groups or a local user's group?
Kevin: I help out in the Bug Squad ... not so much since they moved to Git.
Ken: What would you say to someone who wants to become a Joomla expert like yourself?
Kevin: I'm no expert ... I cheat ... Google, cut 'n' paste, then adjust to what suits. Leave what I don't know and concentrate on extending what I understand. Eventually all the bits start to fall into place.
Ken: Being humble is a good trait to have. :) What are your thoughts on Joomla 3.0?
Kevin: I'm very impressed with J3. I was not keen on 1.6 (you may hate me for this but ...) 1.6 seemed like cobbled up version just to satisfy the fact there was a 'New' Joomla. But J3 seems a proper improvement. It's installation is quick and sweet. It installs a lot easier ... quicker ... fewer screens to configure.
Ken: Is there anything else that you would like to share?
Kevin: I left school at 16 ... my background is as a basic labourour. I am mostly self taught with computers. Computers are just a tool like a pen and paper. I use them like a tool. You decide what you want to do then find the software that does it. People make the mistake of seeing the computer and wondering what they can do with it. It gives me a challenge and keeps the grey matter active ... gotta use it or lose it. If I can use Joomla, anyone can. Like any tool it just takes time and a little effort to use. Think of learning any computer subject as learning to read and write.
Ken: Kevin, I want to say thank you for taking the time to "chat" and even more than that I want to thank you for your hard work and dedication to the Joomla project. It is a better project because of you and people like you who put countless hours providing free support to its community of users.