Discourse: Saving forums from themselves

Many of us are familiar with discussion forums: webpages filled with chronologically ordered messages, each with a little avatar and varying degrees of cruft surrounding the content. Forums are a common choice for community leaders and prove to be popular, largely due...

Announcing the Community Leadership Summit 2015!

I am delighted to announce the Community Leadership Summit 2015, now in it’s seventh year! This year it takes place on the 18th and 19th July 2015, the weekend before OSCON at the Oregon Convention Center. Thanks again to O’Reilly for providing the venue....

Bad Voltage and Ubuntu

I know many of my readers here are Ubuntu fans and I wanted to let you know of something neat. For just over a year now I have been doing a podcast with Stuart Langridge, Bryan Lunduke, and Jeremy Garcia. It is a fun, loose, but informative show about Open Source and...

Happy Holidays

Just a quick note to wish all of you a happy, restful, and peaceful holidays, however and whoever you spend it with. Take care, folks, and I look forward to seeing you in 2015!

The Impact of One Person

I am 35 years old and people never cease to surprise me. My trip home from Los Angeles today was a good example of this. It was a tortuous affair that should have been a quick hop from LA to Oakland, popping on BArt, and then getting home for a cup of tea and an...

Feedback Requested: Great Examples of Community

Folks, I need to ask for some help. Like many, I have some go-to examples of great communities. This includes Wikipedia, OpenStreetmap, Ubuntu, Debian, Linux, and others. Many of these are software related, many of them are Open Source. I would like to ask your...

Ubuntu Governance: Reboot?

For many years Ubuntu has had a comprehensive governance structure. At the top of the tree are the Community Council (community policy) and the Technical Board (technical policy). Below those boards are sub-councils such as the IRC, Forum, and LoCo councils, and...

Dealing With Disrespect: The Video

A while back I wrote and released a free e-book called Dealing With Disrespect. It is a book that provides a short, simple to read, free guide for handling personalized, mean-spirited, disrespectful, and in some cases, malicious feedback and criticism of your work. I...

Bad Voltage Turns 1

Today Bad Voltage celebrates our first birthday. We plan on celebrating it by having someone else blow out our birthday candles while we smash a cake and quietly defecate on ourselves. For those of you unaware of the show, Bad Voltage is an Open Source, technology,...

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