11 January 2011

Getting to Know: Jeff Lewis

By Bryan

1. What got you involved with SMF?
I co-founded it with Joseph Fung. We were looking to create a PHP based forum and started YSE and from there the project evolved into SMF. Part of my desire to get involved was a new challenge, something to get into with all the free time I had and I liked that it was something we could give to people to help the with their sites.

2. What feature of SMF do you like the most?
I don’t really have any specific feature that stands out to be completely honest. I always liked the stats area since I love stats. I also thought the web installer was pretty cool when I tried that out once or twice.

3. From what you see what do you feel SMF is missing?
Innovation and progress. Over the last few years things feel stagnated like it’s lost that forward motion and it would be nice to see things pick back up again and see the project innovate and start to stir things up.

4. How do you feel about the transition from LLC to NPO?
I am very much looking forward to the transition to an NPO being wrapped up. I feel it serves the projects interests in a far greater way and once things get rolling I think the benefits will be great in the long term. To me, it just makes more sense to be owned by the community which is something Joseph and I originally wanted it to be which is one reason why we wanted to separate it from Lewis Media at the time. So it has been a long time coming and hopefully soon it will be all wrapped up.

5. Since you have left SMF what have you been up too?
Since I left SMF (and Lewis Media) I had made a decision to hop back into the corporate world as opposed to self employment and have been doing that. I have been at the same company for about four years now and went from developer to lead developer to my newest position as of a month ago CTO. I spend a lot of my time now managing our team of programmers and designers while occasionally getting my hands into some code. It’s been a great challenge and I’ve really enjoyed my time here. I haven’t done much with my free time really to be completely honest. I mostly play World of Warcraft with my wife in our free time, spent some time messing around with a personal project (woobr.com) before dropping it, and from time to time looking for the “right” open source project for me to get involved with again.