Administravia: Just uploaded a pile of videos:
Also, I changed a few feeds on CLUG Park from RSS to Atom, so sorry about any RSS-reader-spamming.
Those of us in the sensible quadrant of the graph are rather worried about the distance that some people are from us. I mean, they must be total nutters :-)
To help them understand the incorrectness of their ways, Jonathan suggested that we write up our choices and reasoning. I haven’t read anyone else’s reasoning yet, but here is my reasoning for each choice in the test. It might well be different to the last time I did it, but that’s probably caused by me thinking about my choices rather than the embarrassment of publishing them. (I’m right, remember). On
#clug, we acknowledge that peoples’ views change and keep a history of past scores, although the graph doesn’t display that (nudge nudge Michael).
If you haven’t done this test, and are interested, maybe take it before you read any further. It’ll take you less than half an hour, and promises a little food for thought.
Economic Left/Right: -4.62
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.26
I’ve moved fractionally up since I last took the test (-4.62, -6.41) that’s it. Now I can go and read other peoples’ justifications for their choices.
The problem is basically that some people post a lot of posts. Sometimes as much as half of the park is dominated by one poster. While this isn’t a problem per se (some people clearly have more blogging time), it means readers have more to wade through, and can feel swamped my the prolific posters. Many would prefer something with a higher signal-to-noise ratio, and lower volume.
As communities grow, the signal-to-noise ratio often suffers, and the higher volume is too much for some readers. Rather than lose the readers, we’d like to provide an alternative, filtered park. It’s currently being prepared here. Personally, I’ll still use the old park, as will many other prolific RSS-feed-followers.
What we need is for all the CLUG Parkers to create a “technical” tag, and tag all relevant posts as such. Then send me the URL of your new tag, and I’ll include it in the “park-tech”. (Or assure me that you don’t post too prolifically, and only tech-related posts, and we’ll carry your entire feed).
Lets see if we can make it work.
In the past, the CLUG wiki has had minimal wikispam, because we thought up some clever regexes, that blocked spammers from editing. However spammers would still sign up, before they tried to edit. This has left the wiki with over a thousand bogous users. Not that that is a problem in itself, but it becomes a bore when you want to guess somebody’s wikiname to give them “Bureaucrat” status for example.
So jerith talked himself into coding up a quick SQL query to find all these bogus users, and a python script to remove them. Any history they’ve had has been assigned to the “Spammer” user, and they have been wiped from the wiki. If, in our zealousness, we’ve deleted any legitimate users who’ve simply never edited the wiki, we apologise. Maybe if you contribute something, it won’t happen again… :-)
Due to archive.ubuntu.com’s saturated links atm, I switched to using mirror.ac.za as our upstream, but forgot to take their different URL scheme into account. We don’t use rsync’s —max-delete option on debian mirrors, so voom, our entire ubuntu archive mirror vanished. I’m resyncing it UWC, who we have a 10Mbps wireless link to…