Ruby on Rails is for everyone who wants to build web applications, whether they're 30-year veterans or only just started to learn yesterday. All are welcome!
You can meet the community online on the Ruby on Rails: Talk mailing list, the Ruby on Rails StackOverflow Q&A tag, or the #rubyonrails IRC channel on irc.freenode.net. We also do a yearly RailsConf conference for people to meet in real life.
The direction of the framework is being stewarded by the Rails core team. This group of long-term contributors manage releases, evaluate pull-requests, handle conduct complaints, and does a lot of the groundwork on major new features.
In addition to the core team, we also have a committer team that assists with processing pull-requests and making changes to the framework, but does not have the keys to make final releases or set policy. All members of the core team came up through working on this team.
On top of these formal teams, there are thousands of other code contributors. We've tracked everyone's work on the Rails Contributors site. Beyond code contributors, the community also recognizes people who contribute in all sorts of other ways, including documentation, evangelism, organizing, and more. We share recognition of some of those with Ruby as part of the Ruby Heroes Awards.
In addition, we'd like to extend a special thanks the following former Rails core team members. Lovingly known as The Alumni:
Michael Koziarski, José Valim, Yehuda Katz, Jon Leighton, Josh Peek, Carl Lerche, Pratik Naik, Jamis Buck, Marcel Molina, Nicholas Seckar, Florian Weber, Sam Stephenson, Scott Barron, Thomas Fuchs, Tobias Lütke, Rick Olson