Portfolio & Testimonials

Ganoksin Orchid Community



Converted 20 years of e-mail list archives to fully threaded Discourse forum.

Testimonial by client Seth Rosen
Hi Jay – I remain extremely pleased with your work. The first absolutely overwhelming forum import is a task that you did an amazing job on. It was incredibly complex, with 250,000+ poorly formatted responses. You jumped in, created order from chaos, and delivered anything we asked for. My satisfaction is most overtly reflected in the fact that I immediately had you do a second project on a second forum import. You did an amazing job on that too. Now we are already talking about more projects. I’ve found you to be honest, reliable, and fair. You are not the “cheapest” engineer, but you get what you pay for (and more), and it’s worth every penny. If you forward this to someone and they are reading this, they should know that I wouldn’t even think of calling someone else for anything related to Discourse. My only hesitation in recommending you is that you might get too busy, and we want you all to ourselves 😉

International Gem Society Community



Converted 3 year old BBPress forum to Discourse.

Testimonial by client Leah Kramer
Having worked with Jay on a way more complicated Discourse import I knew he’d do a great job on our BBPress conversion. As a developer myself, I can’t say enough about how great it is to be able to trust someone’s work like you can trust Jay’s work. He’s careful, thoughtful, comprehensive and will even suggest improvements that perhaps you didn’t even think of along the way. I wholeheartedly recommend his work.

Recommendations on Meta

Here are a few public and un-solicited recommendations:

Klemen Struc: For Discourse installations and tech/admin/IT related things, I highly recommend to you @pfaffman. We’re his client and I can’t be more satisfied with everything how he’s been serving and helping us, his attitude, responsiveness, reliability, etc. He was recommended to me by a core Discourse team. Hope this helps. Klemen

Jeff Atwood (@codinghorror): In fact @pfaffman is the person I’d recommend to help you with this! Reasonable rates, knows his stuff, and always professional.

Carson (@outofthebox): @pfaffman was available to handle the database import on short notice. To complete this migration from start to finish within a week is incredible. But what was interesting to me is that it came together with a globally distributed team from the official Discourse team to members of the Discourse community. Open source for the win: quality + speed + affordability + options for clients, plus sales and profit for the project. https://connect.rzim.org/

@omarfilip (https://glasair-owners.com behind paywall): My goal was to move up from a community based on phpBB2 which itself originated on ancient bulletin board software, merge it with another dead forum that was based on software that would run only on Windows 2000 Server, and also combine users, many of whom were active on both forums, and properly attribute the combined posts. It all worked out in the end. @pfaffman was instrumental and very fast to convert the dead forum data dump into a Discourse instance. (He’s worth every penny, btw.)