Online Communities

Something I guess I intuitively knew, but never really considered is that online communities are exactly that… communities.

Consider that these places have areas for interacting with other members. People do the usual thing like talk to each other. I think the key is the results of the conversation… they argue, aid other, seek info, organize, dupe each other, and even fall in love. These are the same results the interaction of individuals we expect in our physical communities.

As we are individuals and each have our own expectations and point-of-view we need rules. Not so much to restrict our will as to provide guidance on expectations of behavior. People tend to move is disparate directions without a societal focus and rules help streamline processes and provide one or a few ways of doing things.

No human created body of rules are perfect. So there is always room for improvement. Thus some rules may be changed from time to time to facilitate improving processes. For online communities this means that Terms of Service agreements become ammended. As any change scares people, the changes are interpolated and some members become nervous. This adding meaning to TOSs I think is a little irrational and sometimes appears… vindictive? It almost seems like some people attempt to use changes to the TOS as rationale to distance others from the community.

Once people realize that we are all members of communities and need each other and the rules which guide us I think that our communities will once again thrive. As long as members of communities forget that they need each other the health of the community will wane until it dies.

[Friday, March 2, 2001] [08:30 a.m.]

Think this will be my new way of looking at things…



[Friday, March 2, 2001] [10:31 a.m.]

Maybe this is karmic, but the this Fast and the last events have conspired to have social events (means people talking over food) the first day. Odd, huh?



Due to some email server issues, my home page at this time is not available… Should be back some time this morning.

Everything is cool now… *whew*!

Here is maybe my new favorite site… Science Fiction and Fantasy World with a review of the start of the A Song of Fire and Ice series A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, and A Storm of Swords

This is pretty funny…. A Microsoft Technet entry: HOWTO: RTFM

500 plus

Hmmmmmmm… only 44 people short of having 500 visitors to my personal VSU web site. According to SiteMeter’s prediction based upon traffic over the last week I might be able to achieve 500 visitors in a little over a week. Not too shabby I guess.

Guess I should respond more to email lists? Seems like a lot of my hits are people checking out my web site after I answer a question.


The View
The View

Ever want to know just who is linking to your web site? Well, these tools will tell you…

Popularity by AddMe checks who links to you from Hotbot, AltaVista, and Google.

The WebTrends Network: Site Popularity Check! compares your site to other sites on AltaVista.

Of course there are lots of other sites that do similar things.

Wow… fixing broken links… well, when I can… otherwise informing the owner of the web site… frustrating work…

Got the QuickCam installed once again. Here is the first pic… the view of the office window

Blogger Closure?

Seems that one of the great weblog sites, Blogger might be closing it’s doors soon. Here is a note from the CEO.

Hmmmmmmm… think I might enjoy taking classes or workshops on securing a web server. Think the ego and confidence it would give me could not hurt in the slightest.

New Glasses

New Glasses
New Glasses

Probably was just me, but could not get here yesteday afternoon. Have a new pic available… Pic of my new glasses…

Found the buttons for the service. Like the thought of a service that check for updates for me. Maybe I am a slacker and should do my own checking, but a reminder email helps for some reason… In case you are interested, the service is at

Remember years ago when this could have been me… Robert Luhn’s “Diary Of A Mad Surfer”

Really enjoyed watching Attila Part 1 last night. Think I will catch part 2 tonight. Romans in heavy armor throwing the pilum, forming shield walls vs the Hun hordes? Maybe I just enjoy swords and armies? Course, I am still salivating over LOTR.

Ah, yeah! Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon finally is going to open everywhere! Guess a movie who has won such laurels is deserving of a national audience? Just looked at the site… who would YOU believe? The web site or the TV commercial? Guess 10 years from now, when the TV is as outdated as the radio, the web site will the authoratative source. Until then I look forward to seeing this martial arts marvel in the theatre… even if I have to go to Tallahassee, FL or another large city to see it.

Updated Home Page

Updated my home page with a slightly newer look. Experimenting with an image mapped version. Will try slicing the image and doing some mouseovers later.

UPDATED 24-MAR-2010: Removed the link to my old Valdosta State University personal web site. Since leaving, I’ve set a redirect which comes to this blog.