Kevin Smith Application 2023
As always, I'll try to make a short application, although some of my older applications have more details. If people feel these are unhelpfully short, or have questions, please let me know (mail me at Isode).
I'm Kevin Smith, I work at Isode Ltd. where I'm responsible for the XMPP server (M-Link) and client (Swift) activities. As XMPP software is my job these days I mostly use my firstname.lastname@example.org for XSF things and it's better to contact me there (my personal addresses have historically been email@example.com for email, and firstname.lastname@example.org for XMPP, but I don't necessarily monitor these - please mail me at Isode)
Started sending patches to Psi in 2002 or so, ended up leading the project for a while. wrote XMPP: The Definite Guide (O'Reilly) with Peter and Remko. Started Swift with Remko. Did some work on sleekxmpp and sleekbot in the interim. Joined Isode, wrote a lot of server code and a lot of client code.
Published some XEPs, spent a long time on and chairing Council. GSoC admin for quite a while. Iteam lead for quite a while, now doing things to help out when needed. Helped chair a few of the Summits. Currently the only active Editor. Generally active in XSF discussion.
BIND2/SASL2/MIX/MAM++/Spaces/References/Media sharing/Inboxes etc. Broadly, things that benefit organised groups - I look forward to the day that gaming groups choose XMPP as a more attractive alternative to Discord/Guilded/etc., and enterprises choose XMPP as a more attractive alternative to Slack/Teams/etc.
Because I do the above and intend to keep doing so.
Note: Tweaked contact section 2023-05-30 to remove confusion around how to contact me