David Eaves Keynote at DjangoCon

17. November, 2011

David Eaves gave a great speech at the DjangoCon: The Science of Community Management: DjangoCon Keynote

It raises many important points that you should be aware of when you are or are planning to get involved with a OSS project. All those have communities and if you don’t keep an eye on staying the lone rider committer, you’ll eventually get tangled up in the social net – the community.

This can be a painful experience, especially when you’re a coder. We, as a species, are wary of human interaction and social forces when we maybe should be aware instead. One symptom is that people start to bother you with stupid questions. The natural reaction is to troll. This works (people will leave you along) but it also means spending from your reputation budget.

Realizing that “stupid question == someone cares about my work” can turn this into a win-win situation.

Go see the talk.


Persona Management

21. February, 2011

I’ve just found this disturbing blog: UPDATED: The HB Gary Email That Should Concern Us All

It’s about “persona management“, basically an “army of sockpuppets[sic]” that help to control some opinion online. It would allow a small group to appear as a large audience, contaminating the way in which we create trust and socialize.

I wonder what the counter strategy is for something like that.