I have spent the last 50 years doing IT work. Much of that time I was lucky to work in not-for-profit shops or in circumstances where money was not a issue – my customers or employers simply wanted the best work we could produce, regardless of cost. I realize this is not the norm in the business world, but it produced some remarkable systems.
I have decided to document some of my own experiences, hoping to encourage others with similar backgrounds to share their ‘computer war stories’.
Interested parties are encouraged to comment and contribute. For the time being, comments on this blog will be moderated, but if appropriate, it may evolve into a group blog, and I will treat it more seriously.
Images: WTF? Stay Cool We’re all in the same boat
Now that the dust has been stirred up and most of it has settled, I would like to solicit ideas from the entire Agonist community, from the top to the bottom.
I am seeking thoughts on how best to administer the site, keep posts flowing and serve both our writers and our readers going forward.
If the thread gets too long it will be closed to comments and new thread started, so feel free to let your creative juices flow.
BTW: With a Nor’Easter headed my way, my access to the ‘Net might be interrupted, so don’t panic or be offended if a response is not immediate over the next couple of days.
The Agonist has always been a labor of love for those who contribute to it. We’re not looking for glory and we are certainly not making any money from it. The quality of our efforts have earned us a decent level of recognition and a good reputation on the ‘Net. We would like to see that continue.
In lieu of participation and management by the owners of The Agonist domain or their designate, the community seems to be continuing without editorial guidance or focus. While this provides a forum at least for now, the long-term viability of an undirected forum is unpredictable. The Internet is full of sites which degenerated into tiny communities preaching to their respective choirs, yet there are also communities which operate productively simply because of common interests and a tacit agreement of what constitutes appropriate postings and comments.
It may be that the inherent interests of the editors, authors and contributors will coalesce into a useful and productive whole and will thereby provide a focus for going forward. For that to happen, those who post (or comment) should bear in mind that without any central guidance, their actions are the only thing that define the site to our subscribers and the blogsphere. Please behave accordingly – keep your comments on-thread, argue politely, play nice.
Good luck to us all.
(Update from actor212: I’ve pinned this post to the front page so that we can continue a really good discussion more easily)