Keeping an eye on things

Coffee: check. Muffin in the toaster: check. Commence blogging.

As many — if not all — of you already know, I’m a moderator in the CrunchBang forums. As I’ve mentioned before in this blog, I don’t think that separates me from being “just one of the guys,” but this isn’t about that particular subject.

It’s really about you.

Normally when I log in for the day — and normally I’m logged in for a better part of the day, whether I’m reading the forums or not — there are sometimes reports that come to the mods about certain un-CrunchBang-like behavior. Frankly, I’m thankful for these reports despite the fact it means I have to put on my proverbial badge and buckle up my rhetorical holster.

There are, I think, five or six mods in the CrunchBang forums (and I can only think of five off the top of my head, but I think I could be missing someone): Let’s say there are six, with three in North America and three in Europe. Given the spectrum of time zones between these two continents coupled with the amount of time some of us are on line monitoring the forums, we have it covered pretty well.

But not always.

So the point is that we, the mods, can’t be everywhere all the time. This is why, as a mod, I am very grateful to the watchful eyes of the community members, and I think I speak for the other mods as well when I say we appreciate that members of the CrunchBang community on the forums are so quick to point out the slings and arrows of spammers and malcontents that sometimes visit.

Keep up the great work, folks, and thank you.

This blog, and all other blogs by Larry the Free Software Guy, Larry the CrunchBang Guy and Larry Cafiero, are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND license. In short, this license allows others to download this work and share it with others as long as they credit me as the author, but others can’t change it in any way or use it commercially.

Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research (RDR), a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment. RDR is based in Felton, California, USA.

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3 responses to “Keeping an eye on things

  1. 1. I think that because #! is a bit more of a challenge to learn for most people (certainly was, and is, for me) the humility/cocky levels are pretty well controlled. It’s hard to talk smack when you’re lost.

    2. As well as having some whip-smart Mods, #! seems to attract a lot of experienced users with a large knowledge-base, who don’t mind sharing. Sector11 pops into my head as an example…

    3. Google+ was started with the concept that if users had to post with their real names attached, they’d be more civil to one another. I think the jury is still out on that one, but if you’re herding cats, you have to listen to what the other cat-herds are talking about.

    4. Thanks to all the Moderators for doing what you-all do. I appreciate that it takes time you could be doing something else, a cool head (an appendage I simply do not possess), and commitment.

  2. merelyjim, you make a good point. I will say the #! community is the most welcoming group I’ve ever dealt with. The moderators are top notch. Larry, sorry if I’ve swelled your head!

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