Help fund Metafilter

If you’ve been following the controversy around Reddit lately (Wired), you might be surprised. The reality is that the challenge of keeping an online community healthy as it grows is tremendous.

One community that has faced many of those challenges successfully over the years is Metafilter. Metafilter is of the strongest examples of online community anywhere on the Web, and has been since 1999. It’s a remarkable story that not enough are aware of, but that might be one of the secrets to its success.

Last month they published a new “State of Metafilter” update, documenting the improvements they’ve been implementing, as well as handling some monumental comings and goings of the team.

Keep Metafilter going with a donation. Better yet, make your donation a subscription, as I have, so that donations are scheduled periodically.

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It’s great to see Cam blogging again

Cameron Barrett has resumed blogging on his domain that has history going back to 1997. If you are unfamiliar with his work, check it out. Better yet, subscribe to his feed.

Kathleen Vignos, Director of Engineering at Wired.com, on its new design

Read Kathleen Vignos, Director of Engineering at Wired.com, on their new design, and launch on a new Web stack. It looks like Wired.com has joined a growing, varied, and impressive list of large media sites using WordPress, including Time.com, Beyonce, Google Ventures, GM, TedNasa, and Forbes. I pulled together that list recently when putting together material for the TechGirlz and Comcast class on Worpress that I participated in. It was nice reading about some of the deployment and development pipeline they are building there. Nice work Wired.com.

Do you have a personal kanban that you’ve shared?

Jim Benson challenges us with the idea that your Personal Kanban board isn’t just for our own private use, but is something to be shared with your family, and with your team.  How many folks would be comfortable with that level of transparency? There is real value to be uncovered by trying I think.

For more on what a Personal Kanban board is, read Personal Kanban 101 from Jim Benson and Tonianne DeMaria Barry.

It’s tough to forecast the weather, but easy to spead fear

I think Dan Gillmor nailed it with this. Not that I blame CNN alone for the school closings and long lines at the grocery store. Fear spreads fast. Last night I spent a silly amount of time refreshing multiple web pages, looking for any kind of clear consensus as to what we’d wake up to, but other than it being bad today, snow totals ranged from the boring to the world shaking. There has to be a financial cost to something like that as parents stay home for their children, who are told to stay home from school. And there isn’t even a decent hill to sled on.

Dan Gillmor Tweet

Blogging is far from dead

Last year I started to drive this old car around the block a few times and realized it still has it where it counts. This year, time permitting, it will feature some experiments and renovations with some serious fun along the way. The great thing is, I know I’m not alone feeling that keeping a personal blog still has value. So expect me to share lots of links to others doing the same, because that’s what we do, we link, we connect.

I’ve been doing this for so long, I can’t remember when I stared exactly, but I can remember, because I still have them, the many close relationships I’ve formed over the years having a corner on the Web.

To that end I’ve restarted the Philly Blogger Meetup. A long time ago it was a regular event that enabled our small community in Philly to meet one another face to face, and maybe form friendships. In the past few years I’ve tried to find other folks to keep the Meetup going, but failed miserably. Seeing this languish was killing me.

It’s true that there are many, many professional and fun Meetups across Philly that pack a lot of value in this space now, so we’re going to do something different, we’re going to share them with one another. And we’re not going to feature professional talks. Not going to have a regular time or place. We’re not going to have a set organizer (if I can encourage you to join in – please do!!!). What we are going to do is be a little different, and meet across the city and suburbs, in coffee shops and diners, and offer a chance for people that might not normally venture from behind the keyboard, a friendly way to do so.

When our hyperlinks become personal connections, amazing things can happen.

I hope to see you around.

We are always rational beings….

John Klein wrote up a short, but great list of cognitive biases and how they effect software engineering that might be an eye opener for some.

Via Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing.

(also… all generalizations are false…)

Bret Victor’s Highly Recommended Things

Check out Bret Victor’s “Highly Recommended Things”, his five star list of favorite things in the world, a mixture of fun, thought provokers and horizon expanders, and much, much more. There’s a lot here that would be on my list were I to compile one someday. Check it out.

A hosted blog at Philly.com to subscribe to: One Step Away

One Step Away is a monthly ‘street newspaper’ produced by people experiencing homelessness in the Philadelphia region. I always make sure to pick up a copy once or twice a month from its many vendors in across Center City, some of which are authors in the paper.

Philly.com has been hosting a number of blogs on their site over the past few years, some of which have brought it much controversy, but this one should not, it helps raise the voice of those whose voice needs to be heard. Check out the One Step Away blog at Philly.com.