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Live Interview on PerfCast Tonight

Tonight at 7 PM ET, I’ll be appearing live on PerfCast, the Performancing podcast. It’s hosted by Jeff Chandler and David Peralty. If you have some spare time, please stop by and participate in the live chat! The show will be broadcast on TalkShoe.

DrGregHouse.com For Sale!

I have put DrGregHouse.com up for sale on the SitePoint Marketplace. I am really looking to prioritize my time a bit. Though I enjoy the site, I have other projects I want to dedicate that time to. So, I’d like to sell the site to someone interested in it and move on.

Nominated for “Community Builder of the Year” in the 2008 SitePoint Forums Community Awards

I have been nominated in the “Community Builder of the Year” category in the 2008 SitePoint Forums Community Awards, the annual awards program over at the SitePoint Forums. Thank you to everyone who nominated me. Voting has begun. I won the equivalent award last year. It’s be cool to win again, but just being nominated is awesome.

Share Your Stories About the Power of Online Community

Jake McKee has launched Connected by Distance, a new site dedicated to sharing stories about the power of online community. From the index page:

Every day in online communities around the Web and the world people are coming together, creating together, discussing, and sharing. There are literally hundreds of thousands of stories that community members can and do tell about the impact of community on their lives. Whether a cancer survivor is getting support, or a couple meets, dates, and marries, or simply friends make a podcast together across three states, communities can affect us all.

The Connected by Distance project is an attempt to collect and share those stories.

Right now it’s a web project, but Jake hopes to take 50 stories and edit them into book form for publishing. So, if you have a story to share, please give it a look. I need to come up with one. I’m sure I have a bunch of stories, but I see so much that I don’t really think of them in that context!

Firefox Clearing My Cookies Everyday

Update: This issue was fixed in version 3.0.7.

After some frustration with Internet Explorer, I have been trying out Firefox. I like it well enough (… it’s a browser), but I am having one issue that is a bit of a deal breaker, unfortunately. I’d like to get it sorted.

It seems like, no matter what I do, my cookies get cleared each day. I absolutely cannot figure out why, but I am getting tired of logging into sites every day. I believe I have the settings correct. In Tools > Options, I have these settings:

Privacy:

Cookies:

“Accept cookies from sites” checked.
“Accept third-party cookies” checked.
“Keep until: they expire”

Private Data:

“Always clear my private data when I close Firefox” unchecked.

I’ve tried reinstalling Firefox over itself. I have tried a complete reinstall. I have tried importing settings from a Firefox installation on my laptop that doesn’t seem to have this trouble. Nothing is working.

It’s not a site related issue that I can see. It’s spread across all types of sites and services, whether it be forums I visit on different platforms and services, to sites like Mixx to Facebook to other ones.

This problem does not occur on IE. The extensions that I have installed are ChatZilla, Firebug, Google Gears, StumbleUpon and Web Developer.

With this in mind, I’d appreciate any suggestions. If you have an idea, please let me know! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate. I appreciate any assistance. Thanks!

Video: “Avoiding Disaster: How Not to Use Social Media” Panel at Blog World & New Media Expo 2008

In September, I went to the Blog World & New Media Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada and spoke on a pair of panels (Blog World Expo 2008 recap). The final panel that I spoke on was called “Avoiding Disaster: How Not to Use Social Media.” The video from this panel has now been posted at ManagingCommunities.com.

Video: SuccessfoolTV Discussion on Forums, Communities and Social Media

On last night’s episode of SuccessfoolTV, I came on to talk about online community, forums, social media, the book and more. I thought it went really well and that it was really informative, so I wanted to share it. You can check it out below.

Live TV by Ustream

Thank you to Alejandro for having me and to everyone who stopped in, helped to spread the word through Twitter and had kind words to say, during and after. I really appreciate it.

Live Video Interview Tonight on SuccessfoolTV with Alejandro Reyes

Tonight at 9 PM ET, I will be participating in an (approximately) hour long live video interviews with Alejandro Reyes of SuccessfoolTV. We’ll be talking about online community, how you can market yourself on forums, and more. It’ll be on the Successfool Ustream.TV channel and, if you are free, please stop by! Thanks.

Co-Hosting the Copyright 2.0 Show and the SitePoint Podcast

I’m happy to say that I am now co-hosting a pair of podcasts (when it rains, it pours). First, the Copyright 2.0 Show with my friend Jonathan Bailey of PlagiarismToday, who I recently met in person for the first time at ConvergeSouth. It’s a weekly podcast dedicated to copyright related issues. As a content creator, I have a definite interest in the subject and have had to deal with people infringing upon my rights on many an occasion. As a community administrator, it is definitely a worthwhile listen as these are challenges that we all face.

The show itself is already 83 episodes in and my first episode, number 84, is online now. Ironically, we will now be taking a 2-3 week break, as Jonathan and myself will both have a little away time.

The second is the SitePoint Podcast, where we soft launched episode 1. This one is co-hosted with Brad Williams, Stephan Segraves and Kevin Yank. Out of the bunch, I’m the only non programmer, so I’m the non techical one, mainly just trying to keep it light and adding insight wherever I can. The SitePoint Podcast is in a sort of alpha beta phase, but hopefully, everything that needs to happen (on all ends) will happen, and we’ll keep it going!

Having been a guest on approximately 30 or more podcasts, these two shows represent my second and third forays into podcast hosting, following my old community management themed podcast, The Community Admin Show.

ConvergeSouth 2008 and the Independent Blogging Conference at Greensboro Recap

A couple of weeks ago, I traveled to a pair of conferences in Greensboro, North Carolina. I have now made some headway into my to do pile, so I wanted to take some time to write up a recap while it was still relatively fresh in my mind. What follows is my personal recap of ConvergeSouth 2008 (October 17) and the Independent Blogging Conference at Greensboro (October 18).

Thursday

I drove from my home in Harbinger, North Carolina to Greensboro and it took me about five hours and fifteen minutes, with two stops along the way. My friend Jared Smith, driving in from Charleston, South Carolina, arrived just 10 minutes after I did.

There were two big things that hooked me into coming to these conferences in the first place. The first one was that my friend Jonathan Bailey of PlagiarismTodaywas speaking at ConvergeSouth. But, the other reason was Jared. When I was thinking about the conference, knowing he was within striking range travel wise, I reached out to see if he would be interested in going. Undecided, I kind of helped push him to attend, I guess you could say.

I’ve known Jared for about eight years now. We met through phpBBHacks.com, when he came to the site and became a member of my staff, from very early on in the site’s history. He saw a lot of the … fun challenges that working in the phpBB community afforded us, helping me to tackle them. He was always by my side and we developed a close friendship from that point forward. But, we’d never met in person. It was awesome to be able to do so and a ton of fun to hang out with him for a few days.

ConvergeSouth had official dinners starting at 7 on Thursday, one of which I was scheduled to attend. With Jared headed to one and me to another, we didn’t really have much time to chat before we had to get ready and separate. I went to the one at Table 16. Anil Dash was supposed to be hosting it, but he had a flight change and ended up being unable to do so (he actually ended up coming to the dinner that Jared was at, in a strange twist).