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The PowerShell Hall of Fame is intended to recognize and honor individuals who have made a substantial, continual, sustained, and varied contribution to the global PowerShell community.

  • Substantial: This person’s contributions are readily recognized throughout the community, and have positively impacted hundreds, if not thousands, of ordinary community members.
  • Continual: This person’s contributions are (or were) ongoing, and are visible on a recurring basis.
  • Sustained: This person’s contributions have been ongoing for five or more years.
  • Varied: This person’s contributions have been made across multiple fronts, such as writing, creating software, creating community, and so on.

There will definitely be instances where an individual’s single contribution has been so impactful and sustained that the Selection Committee sets aside the “Varied” criterion.

What Contributions are Eligible?

Contributions can include education (teaching, writing, and so on), software (maintaining or contributing to open-source projects), community-oriented (conference organization, podcasts, etc.), and so on: Whatever creates a positive impact on a large portion of the community is eligible. Contributions do not have to be noncommercial in nature; if a commercial contribution created significant positive impact over a sustained period of time, it may be eligible.

Who is Eligible?

It is acceptable to nominate a team of individuals, if that team, as a unit, meets the criteria. Please be sure to list the team members’ names as part of your nomination narrative.

Products are not eligible for nomination. However, if they’ve been that impactful for that long, then the creators of the product could be nominated, either individually or as a team.

Hall of Fame inductees represent the best-of-the-best in the community: the people without whom the community would likely not exist in its current form.

Examples

In an effort to further characterize the kinds of contributions the Hall of Fame wants to recognize, the following examples are offered. These are not intended to be comprehensive.

I have been blogging every week for a year.
That’s a great start – provided your blog is primarily designed to help other people in the PowerShell community learn and grow. Keep it up for a few more years.

I have run a podcast twice a month for six years.
If the podcast is having a substantial and broad positive impact on the community – informing, creating community, and educating – then it may be sufficient, although it does not represent a varied contribution.

I blogged for three years, took a year off, and came back for two.
That may be sufficient – that’s five years of contribution, and the Selection Committee can evaluate the situation. However, bear in mind it does not represent a varied contribution.

Five years ago, I created class materials that are still in widespread use today.
That may be sufficient, although it is not a varied contribution. The contribution itself has been having impact for 5+ years, and if the class materials are generally recognized as best-in-class, it may be worth a look.

I created an open-source project that is now the standard means of accomplishing what it does.
Provided it has been in use, and been maintained, for 5+ years, it may well be sufficient. “Abandonware” is typically not considered eligible; however, if a project once met the criteria but no longer does, that past accomplishment may still be sufficient. Taken by itself, this does not represent a varied contribution.

I have been teaching PowerShell classes for 8 years.
Because classes tend to have such a limited impact, both in terms of geography and in terms of people reached, this may not be sufficient. Remember, the Hall of Fame is intended to honor people who have helped move the entire community forward.

I have run a user group for three years, and have been blogging for five. I also helped edit a book that collects several authors’ articles into one volume.
This is a varied contribution, and given that at least part of it has created a potentially global impact, and given the sustained nature of the contributions, this may be an viable nomination.

I blogged for two years, and then started speaking at conferences. I’m not speaking now, but I’ve moved back to blogging and book writing, and I also teach smaller classes from time to time. Overall I’ve been at it for 8 years.
That’s certainly a worthwhile nomination – there’s a sustained effort within the community, even if it’s been across different efforts. There’s a variety of contributions. The Selection Committee would consider the overall impact and reach of this nomination.

It is worth noting that the best Hall of Fame nominees will be those who engage, contribute to, and support the community on multiple fronts.

Are There any Disqualifiers?

Nominees who have engaged in sustained or repeated activities that create or encourage discord, discrimination, harassment, or other non-community-based behavior, may be removed from consideration by the Selection Committee. Members of the community are encouraged to describe such behaviors truthfully and in detail, including pointing to examples when possible, on a comment on the nominee’s page.

Changing the Criteria

The criteria above may evolve over time. Anyone in the community may propose a change to the criteria, and should coordinate with the PowerShell.org custodian to publicize the proposed changes. In order to be adopted, a given proposal must receive support from at least 150 named members of the community at large (online petitions may be used for this purpose, provided the petition states the complete proposal and collects the identity of each supporter). Proposals must be adopted or rejected as presented; anyone proposing changes is advised to first engage the community in a collaborative process to create a proposal that garners widespread community support.