Hello! My name is Max Shinn (trombonechamp).
I am from Minnesota, United States.
When I heard about this "contest" (why is it called a contest?) on lxer, I joined immediately. I have always wanted to help out the FOSS community on a larger scale than doing a lame PHP script. The first project I looked at was Joomla!. I used Joomla! 1.0.x earlier that year for a student council website, and fell in love with it. I looked down the list until the word "Compose" caught my eye. "I claim[ed] this task" and started my Joomla! journey.
It has been a lot of fun working with Joomla!. The community built around it is amazing. Many of the other FOSS projects I have seen have nothing but a couple people on a -dev mailing list.
I would love to see sub-forums. One for documentation, one for outreach, one for coding, etc.
This was a great experience. Thank you for giving me this chance of a lifetime!!!