The global eZ Community Program reflects eZ Systems dedicated care towards its community, and the eZ Ecosystem's core philosophy: Open, Share, Innovate. By being open, sharing ideas and experiences together, we believe we can achieve greater things.
This program is designed to accelerate collaboration between eZ and Community Members to reach lots of great successes for all parties involved. It calls for all members of the eZ Ecosystem to participate to a steady growth, attraction, openness, helpfulness, exchange, innovation, intensity and fun increase, making this community the right place to step by when working with eZ Software.
The platform enabling this program is mainly http://share.ez.no. Other platforms may occasionally be involved (eZ Publish issue tracker for instance).
This first version of the program is meant to evolve along with the community itself. It will structure, expand and become even more attractive in a flexible manner, to constantly suit the essential needs of eZ Community actors.
Should you have any question regarding the Community Program, feel free to ask it to community [at] ez [dot] no, you will be warmly welcomed.
If you are an individual, present in the eZ Community for some time or very new to it, the answer is YES.
If you represent a company, the answer is YES too, but you need to read more on the Community Partner Program.
As an individual, you only need to be a registered member of the community. This means you have to have an account on share.ez.no, the eZ Community portal. If not already the case, you can do so here: http://share.ez.no/user/register.
Why should I get involved ?
How does this work ?
Being a registered member allows you to actively participate to the community's life. If you already were a registered member, basically nothing changes for you, you still are free to create new forum topics, reply to existing ones, create blog posts, articles, etc, all of this embracing mutual respect and etiquette. The latter are thoroughly described here Etiquette, blogging and usage guidelines.
Your activity will result in visibility. Basically, any action will bring about a bunch of points. The rewarded types of activity are:
This list can be extended at any moment, and you will be notified in such a case.
All past activity will be taken into account, making sure your involvement history is kept. The activity level will be used as main sort criteria in the “white pages” of the eZ Community, http://share.ez.no/directory/people, and will result in a public statistics page allowing to measure your global activity in the eZ Ecosystem.
A full brush-up on how to get involved is proposed here: http://share.ez.no/get-involved. This is THE place to start if you are new here. It can also give you good hints, even if you are a long distance member.
If you are professionally working with eZ Software, and would like to participate in the eZ Community as such (on top of your activity as an individual), you may want to consider a form of partnership with eZ Systems. Two types of partnership can serve your initiative:
Community Partnership is the natural continuation of the Community Program, applied to companies and freelancers. It helps them start and grow business around eZ Publish, and eventually reach the next level of a successful activity with eZ Software. Benefits:
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Very few requirements are to be met to become a Community Partner :
The visibility granted to an engaged company is based on its members' activity (cf how activity is measured). This means that in order to associate community members to a company's profile, they need to be registered (cf community program requirements).
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The Business Partner Program focuses on the commercial activity, its main performance indicator, but remains tightly linked to the community program on one point: all community-related activity of a Business Partner is taken into account. This is automatic when registering for business partnership, and brings a substantial visibility on the community side (depending on the intensity of the Business Partners's community participation).
...only if you feel like it!
At any time a Community Partner is able to join the Business Partner Program if he is willing to grow his business in collaboration with the commercial part of eZ Systems' organization, most likely after having quick-started a substantial business activity with eZ Publish by being Community Partner. To facilitate this transition, and only for those who feel like it, eZ is willing to bring the five most active Community Partners into the Business Partner Program, free of charge, for one year. More details on what the Business Program is : http://ez.no/partners/business_partner_program.
You may as well have reached a confortable cruising speed, thanks to the Community Partner status, suiting your current expectations, which you would not like to push ahead. Feel free to remain an active Community Partner, keeping high on sharing, participating to the eZ Community's life.
These guys are the engine behind this portal, as well as other bits of our online community galaxy.
See http://share.ez.no/team/who-is-who for a glance on their bios. You can follow their activity through their blog : http://share.ez.no/blogs/share.ez.no-team, available through RSS along with the other blogs on this platform : http://share.ez.no/rss/feed/blogs.
If you feel like joining and push the eZ Community portal to the next level, contact community [at ]ez [dot] no.