Web Team

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The Web Team looks after the Web site, wiki, planet, and blog. It can normally be found lurking in our IRC channel.

General responsibilities

Keep the website functioning

Nothing on the current website should break. Our pages must continue to be accessible, and software must continue to work.

  • Accept bug reports. We must have a way for people to tell the webteam what is broken
  • Fix the bugs. There must be a way to assign people to bugs and get them working on the bugs. (and determine when the bugs are fixed, and close the bug.)

Add functionality

When the organization needs the website to do new things, the web team must figure out how to implement these new mission objectives.

Make the website prettier and more user-friendly

  • Graphics design - this may eventually belong to a separate Graphics team, but until then the web team will have to handle this themselves (or use friends and acquaintances).
  • Reorganization - If the website is difficult to navigate, content must be moved around until we have a clean, logical structure


  • Active members should idle on #freeculture whenever possible.
  • For statements that need to be recorded, like when you make a change server-side, always send an e-mail to the webteam mailing list. It's important we all have a copy of such things for reference.
  • Active members should be part of our Launchpad bug tracking network! If you are not already a member see Webteam Bug Tracking.

Active members (IRC username)

Asheesh Laroia (paulproteus)

Web Team Leader: I run this shop.

  • Contact info: See http://www.asheesh.org/
  • Wants to do: sysadmin tasks, database maintenance
    • I am responsible for making sure the server stays up. That means that if it's down, you talk to me first. I'll file support tickets with whoever upstream.
  • Can do: Program in Python, hack PHP and Ruby and Perl
  • May learn: anything...?
  • Does not want to do: web design.
  • Time commitment: As little as necessary. See also the three virtues.

Chris Wilkinson (cwilkin)


  • Speciality: Organization, Graphic Design
  • Time Commitment: As much as needed
  • Wants to: Return from being a wandering vagrant to actually accomplishing things again.

Abhay Kumar (aranis)

Mercenary Geek: I'm like an an 'observer state' at the UN. I can be tasked as necessary.

  • Contact
  • Wants to do: growth vision (aka 'brand management', including design and presence), coding tasks.
  • Can do: program in php / ruby
  • May learn: as needed
  • Does not want to do: TBD
  • Time commitment: Few hours a week. I have a full time job plus my few hours a week reserved for Wordpress leaves a few more hours to sleep, eat, etc.

Karen Rustad (mllerustad)

Random groupie / Other board liaison

  • Contact info: User:Karen
  • Wants to do: Graphics, web design, basic maintenance
  • Can do: Draw pretty things, edit content, work with mailing lists, write HTML, cannibalize other existing code
  • May learn: CSS
  • Does not want to do: Things that are over my head, unless someone can teach me how
  • Time commitment: Couple hours a week. Board stuff + leading local chapter + other projects tend to devour my time.

Nelson Pavlosky (skyfaller)

Liaison with the Board of Directors

  • Contact info: User:Skyfaller
  • Wants to do: General goal-setting, finding/reporting bugs
  • Can do: content editing, distributing passwords and privileges, giving new web team members tours of the website's internals, basic maintenance
  • Does not want to do: any web development or design
  • Time commitment: FreeCulture.org is my life, but I don't want to be involved with the web team, I want to work on other parts of the org. The web team needs to free me up for other jobs.

Siddharth Srivastava (siddharth)

Mercenary Geek (same as Abhay)

  • Contact info: User:Sid
  • Wants to do: coding, coding, and more coding
  • Can do: program in PHP, hack in Python
  • May learn: as needed
  • Does not want to do: sysadmin tasks
  • Time commitment: Few hours a week.

Pascal Klein (klepas)

Aspired digital pixel junkie (read: graphic designer)

  • Contact info: User:Klepas
  • Wants to do: graphic and web design, general management
  • Can do: Gimping, Inkscaping, some CSS and XHTML
  • May learn: Blendering, Python and/or PHP and more CSS
  • Does not want to do: anything I can't or someone else could do much better.
  • Time commitment: a few hours a week.

Anthony Patarini (gnuklear)

College Student with too much free (as in freedom?) time

  • Contact info: User:Ampatarini
  • Wants to do: Code Monkeying, Modding, Mangling and Hackery of that sort
  • Can do: Some Experience with (X)HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Python and MySQL. Fairly knowledgable of web-based security best practices.
  • May learn: A lot. And quickly.
  • Does not want to do: Graphics, because others are far better at this, and Perl... I will if I have to but... it's like an ugly toad.. it makes me wanna poke it.
  • Time commitment: Several hours a week.

Scott Shawcroft (tannewt)

Aspiring free culture guru and artist supporter.

  • Contact info: User:tannewt
  • Wants to do: website programming and general promotion.
  • Can do: PHP, Python, MySQL
  • May learn: Stuff I don't know currently.
  • Doesn't want to do: graphics.
  • Time commitment: a few hours a week.

Matthew Vermeulen (MatthewV)

Maths fanatic

  • Contact info: User:MatthewV
  • Wants to do: Web stuff - site building design etc.
  • Can do: XHTML/CSS Basic Javascript and PHP, MySQL
  • May learn: what I need to know for whatever I'm working on ;)
  • Doesn't want to do: Hmm.. ask me to do something and find out
  • Time commitment: hours during holidays, minutes otherwise

Parker Phinney (pyrak/gameguy43/teh_parkerer)

Freelance Web Developer

  • Contact info: User:gameguy43
  • Wants to do: Simple PHP maintenance / semanticize xhtml and css / organize web team
  • Can do: PHP, SQL, XHTML, CSS, beginning to dabble in JS
  • May learn: JS, especially unobtrusive DOM-utilizing methods
  • Doesn't want to do: invalid html. use messy code. i like clean
  • Time commitment: plenty during vacations, none otherwise.


Theoretical members

See also

External links