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1.  Project Description

The Forums are a main source of contact for the user community to interact with the Gentoo developer community as well as other users. The primary purpose of the Forums is for users to post support questions. Many developers use the Forums to recruit testers for their packages and to make community announcements. Security vulnerabilities (GLSA) are also announced and archived. There is a collection of FAQs that covers installation and administration of Gentoo Linux.

2.  Roles

There are four main roles within the Forums Project listed in the table below.

Title Description
Administrator Can manipulate user accounts: (un)ban existing accounts, activate new accounts, install, delete and edit templates. Inherits all abilities of Global Moderators.
Global Moderator Can edit, delete, move and lock threads from any part of the forum.
Language Moderator Can edit, delete and lock threads in an Language specific forum.
Arch Moderator Can edit, delete and lock threads in an Architecture specific forum.

3.  Developers

Developer Nickname Role
Anders Hellgren kallamej Lead ( Administrator )
Dean Stephens desultory Lead ( Administrator )
Ioannis Aslanidis deathwing00 Member ( Global Moderator )
Dennis Nienhüser earthwings Member ( Administrator )
Nathan Zachary nathanzachary Member ( Global Moderator )
Roy Bamford neddyseagoon Member ( Administrator )
Agostino Sarubbo ago Member ( Language Moderator (Italian) )
Wernfried Haas amne Member ( Administrator )
Sylvain Alain d2_racing Member ( Global Moderator )
Jesús Guerrero i92guboj Member ( Global Moderator )
Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto jmbsvicetto Member ( Global Moderator )
John Graham john_r_graham Member ( Administrator )
Boris Fersing kernelsensei Member ( Language Moderator (French) )
Kurt Lieber klieber Member ( Administrator )
Gysbert Wassenaar nixnut Member ( Administrator )
Mauricio Lima Pilla pilla Member ( Administrator )
Peter Penkala pjp Member ( Administrator )
Thomas Scharl think4urs11 Member ( Administrator )
Ron Gemeinhardt timebandit Member ( Administrator )
Tom Knight tomk Subproject Lead ( Administrator / Forums Infra )

All developers can be reached by e-mail using

4.  Forums Infrastructure

Forums Infrastructure Subproject Lead is Tom Knight (tomk).

The Forums Infrastructure Subproject is responsible for maintenance of the MySQL database and the phpBB software that powers the Forums. There is a server set up for testing new features and upgrades. It requires a password to access, if you need/want to help with testing please ask the Subproject Lead.

5.  How to Participate

Moderators are recruited from the Forums user community. There is a list of qualities that are used as factors in the candidate selection:

  • Report Guideline violations
  • Threads/posts that need to be moved to a different subforum
  • Demonstrate a professional attitude and willingness to help

New Moderators are selected on an as-needed basis. Candidates are choosen by consensus and asked to participate. Architecture specific Moderators are usually selected from the pool of Developers that are assigned to that arch team. All Moderators must read and follow the Forum Guidelines.

You can also help out with translations on the Forums, see the Translator Guidelines for more information.

You can contact us by posting questions in the Gentoo Forums Feedback forum, via e-mail ( or IRC (#gentoo-forums on


Summary: The Gentoo Forums are a source of support for the Gentoo user community. It allows users to post support questions that can be answered by developers and other users alike.

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