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Community Corner

This week I had a first, I had 2 brilliant community members to welcome to the Community Corner. I couldn't decide who to publish first so I posted on twitter and asked people to vote. 

The result was 54% for T, 46% for K. 

The twitter community have spoken. K, you're Community Corner post will be next week, I promise!

Today, I'd like you all to give a massive Umbraco welcome to......

Tiffany Prosser

Name: Tiffany Prosser

Occupation: Web Architect

How long have you been using Umbraco? 2 years

Twitter handle if you have one: @TiffanyMProsser

Short introduction about you.
e.g. Hobbies, where do you work, anything you'd like to share.

I live and work in Leicester in the UK. My job is based at Leicester City Council and my primary responsibilities are the daily upkeep and maintenance of our many websites and web apps as well as designing / developing / deploying new sites

I play guitar in a band called Courtney Askey. Kind of Lana Del Ray mixed with My Bloody Valentine with scatterings of The National and Interpol. We’re signed to a small album label and our current album called Oh! Softly Goes is available on Spotify and Itunes. We’re currently writing new songs for a new album which we hope to have recorded this year. Have a listen!

I try my hand at a lot of things – particularly creative. I’m an artist / illustrator and I really enjoy using my pen and tablet to create art from my sketches using tools such as the Adobe Creative Suite, ArtRage and Manga studio.

I’ve been working on websites since the mid to late 90’s but only really as a hobby. Some of my earliest sites were in support of the various clans and guilds I’ve been in as a gamer (Counterstrike, Warcraft, Dota) mainly as frontends for hosting forums or gaming news feeds.

What are you currently doing with Umbraco?

I’ve just made my first pull request to Umbraco Docs and I’m working on improving the documentation – mainly structural issues to help the readability for users.

In terms of development - I'm currently working on an accessibility dashboard for editors to be able to run accessibility reports when they've made content changes.

Why are you using Umbraco?

The short answer to this is that when I joined the Webteam here at Leicester City Council, Umbraco was already in use as the main CMS for most of our sites.

However, since joining and learning about Umbraco I’ve since become a huge fan, a staunch advocate and committed to working with it and helping develop it further.

When I say 'Umbraco Community' what first comes to mind?

I was extremely lucky to attend CodeGarden 2018 and until then my only experience of the community was reading many of the forum posts on sites such as Our Umbraco without really knowing who they were.

However, after having such a wonderful time meeting and chatting with everyone at CG18, I’ve now got a much greater understanding of what the ‘Umbraco Community’ is and that the ‘Community’ aspect is an integral part of what Umbraco represents. Finding that there were so many others with such a wide range of experience and knowledge and from an increasingly diverse range of backgrounds means that Umbraco is something beyond just another web framework – but is an inclusive environment that allows engagement and interaction for people no matter who they are or where they are from.

What would you like to see more of in the Umbraco Community?

Well if I had been asked this question a year ago – I would’ve answered published community profiles of Umbracians – but clearly this has now been addressed!

I think it would be a really positive approach to create a super-meetup that travels the breadth of the country – not as frequent as the usual meetups (maybe even just once a year). The important thing is to get coverage in areas that may not have regular meetups.

If there was one question you'd like to ask the Umbraco Community, what would it be?

As a relatively new developer looking for ways I can contribute – I’d like to know how others have engaged with the Umbraco development process from contributing to source code to developing packages.

Is there anything you found difficult when you first started using Umbraco?

I wouldn’t be true to myself if I didn’t say that I found it all difficult and that I still do. That’s part of my enjoyment of the whole process – figuring it out. I really enjoy pulling things apart and then reconstructing them to find out what makes it work. That said, there are sites such as a few of the ones I’ve inherited that are so complex and contain so many nuances that it becomes a nightmare to understand what is actually going on and how it all links together.

Anything else you'd like to say?

I would just like to say a big #h5yr to everyone I met at CG18 and thank you to both the Umbraco community, Umbraco HQ and the great friends I’ve made for being so welcoming and lovely and making my time at CG18 such a wonderful experience that I hope to repeat for years to come 😊

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Owain

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Twitter: @ScottishCoder
Linkedin: Owain Williams
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