Introducing the inaugural Community Forum Advisory Council cohort

The Community Forum Advisory Council acts as a sounding board as well as an extension of our internal team to keep a pulse on the community at large. Learn more about the Advisory Council here.

This cohort is made up of members who have dedicated their time and expertise to help their peers and built a culture of belonging. They prioritized making the community a thriving place where people learn from one another, and guide each other through challenges. Some of the council have been working alongside us for years when we first noticed individuals going above and beyond. Though publicly announced today, they have been helping us behind the curtain and making an impact since 2018.

We’re so honored to announce the inaugural cohort of the Community Forum Advisory Council. They have informed so many decisions and guided the Community to where it is today. Thank you to all of you, we truly could not do this without you!

Join us in giving these folks a big round of applause :clap: :clap:

Meet the inaugural Community Forum Advisory Council

Here’s what they had to say in their own words…

My name is Mark, mpboom in the community. I mostly enjoy browsing around in the GitHub Help and Software Development boards. I think it’s fun to see what interesting questions and use cases lead to questions in the Community and like to help think along toward a solution. It’s rewarding too; especially since I’ve been helped out by other strangers online countless of times! Being a part of the Advisory Council has been a good experience - I’ve had a lot of fun trying to improve the Community and everyones’ ability to both help others and get help.

If I’m honest, I first joined the GitHub Community to improve my English, but the more time I spent on the forum the more I enjoyed it. Every solution I gave to a question meant helping someone overcome a problem and this made me so happy and useful that I couldn’t stop doing it. I remember one day I read a question which I could not answer, later while driving I thought about it and got the solution to that answer so I had to stop the car to reply, thinking about it now makes me laugh a little. I will never regret the time spent on the forum, trust me I spent a lot of time on it because I loved that community and love how the staff managed the site and the people on it.There was a question about git branching and if I remember correctly it took more than 1 hour to answer it, but when they marked it as solution, the serotonin was about to explode in my veins.I am proud to have helped so many people and being on the Advisory Council has been even more useful.

I’m an IT engineer by trade and education, with a focus on networking and security. My graduation project was a tool for network timing analysis. A few years back, I took over maintenance of mod_gnutls after discovering a security issue. I added a bunch of features (OCSP stapling, HTTP/2, TLS 1.3, …) and wrote a new test system. All that also led to a couple of contributions to GnuTLS itself that I’m pretty proud of, including finding a security issue there, too. Finding security issues is fun! :smile_cat:

Security and reliability need to go together, so I have a strong interest in testing and CI, and pay particular attention to the Actions board. I like solving puzzles and interesting problems are kind of like that to me: They’re fun to figure out! Testing is also why I got interested in containers, they’re great to quickly set up test environments. My current favorite programming language is Python. :snake:

I love cats and might meow sometimes. :smiley_cat:

My current line of work is database technology and technical writing, but I have a background in cultural heritage and love arts.

I learn how things work by helping others, so it’s doubly rewarding to engage in the community. I also like challenges with a limited scope, in terms of complexity and the time required to find a solution. It’s refreshing to get something done in under an hour, which usually isn’t the case with any of the tasks at work. The diversity in people and problems means I get to dabble in areas I otherwise would not naturally find myself in. For example, the community got me looking into pseudo-ternary operators in GitHub Actions workflows, I built on it and shared the knowledge. It might be the coolest non-feature of GHA. I also learned about deploy keys. Though I couldn’t get them to work for my particular problem, it was still a learning opportunity. Similar to Fiona, I find CI and automation pretty exciting and almost exclusively live in the Code to Cloud / GitHub Actions topic. It’s been great to connect with other power users and GitHub staff over video, sharing thoughts and ideas. There is a lot of appreciation for the community and I think this council will really help to improve the user experience of the product and communication with end-users.

We’d also like to give a special shout-out to a few of the original members who may not be currently active, however, their impact will always be celebrated :tada: @itspugle @fire-eggs @gisgar3 :tada: Thank you for all of the time you spent in the Community Forum and your feedback to make this a thriving place.

Thank you to all of the Advisory Council members! You have paved the way for future members of the council and the Community.

Join us in congratulating the inaugural Advisory Council members below :tada:


Congratulations Advisory Council members! My favorite part of working in the community space is seeing people’s careers and passions blossom, regardless of where or why they started. And I especially love seeing diverse backgrounds (lookin’ at you, @Simran-B!) as I myself have a background in Kinesiology–nothing to do with tech :stuck_out_tongue:

Super excited to see this council grow and take our community to new heights!


Cheers & congrats again!! I’m so excited to have you more closely involved in shaping the future of the GitHub Community!! :heart_decoration: :sparkles:


Congratulations, all!!

Very happy to gain your insight as our Community space continues to mature, and evolve. Looking forward to learning as time goes on.