Cool Homestar Runner Site

Last night, I found this really cool site for Homestar Runner fans. It’s called HomestarRunnerWiki. Check it out.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Moms out there… although… I wonder how many Moms actually read my blog.

Public Humiliation in Community Management

I was reminded this evening of a practice that I thoroughly detest – publicly humiliating banned users on a community.

I’m really speaking of the most common way that I see it done, which is to ban the user and then to make their rank title display “Banned” or an equivalent. I am also seeing the facilitation of a public “Ban List” which will display all of the banned users for a given site. This is just as bad.

What can be gained by doing this? Nothing. It’s inflammatory and will only make the user that you banned angrier. When I ban a user, I ban the user – that’s it. Usually the user has been warned multiple times and/or has chosen to mock my staff, our guidelines or me in some way or another. I don’t give them user titles and I sure don’t have a list where people can call up every user I have ever banned.

To me, this shows a lack of professionalism. I have an unwritten policy that I will try not to discuss private issues (including the banning of members and the specific circumstances and messages that prompted the action) publicly or with anyone outside of my staff whenever possible. If I am forced to reveal the truth in public in order to defend an action, so be it, but I have no desire to try to continue the issue or hurt someone’s reputation by making it easily known that they are banned.

I can only think of three specific communities that utilize these practices, at this time, but there are many, many others out there. I’ve even been banned by one of them. For no good reason, obviously. Just an administrator who knew about as much about managing a team of people as I know about cricket.

I am OS X

Ben’s Game

From Jeremy, the Make-A-Wish foundation partnered with Eric Johnson of LucasArts to fulfill the wish of nine year old Ben Duskin, who is in remission from leukemia.

The wish? To create a computer game in which the hero kills cancer cells.

Check it out.

Holy… Peter Posted!

A pig just flew by my window.

Peter’s Posted!

Yankees without Steinbrenner?

Just finished reading this article, which talks a bit about what the Yankees will be doing after Mr. Steinbrenner leaves/passes on.

It’ll be tough – impossible? – to get an owner who does more or cares more than him. He’s made mistakes, as anyone does, but he is one of the greatest owners in the history of professional sports. He goes all out and he spends money, because his team makes it – because the fans give it to him and he puts it back into the team. Novel concept. If we had a league full of George Steinbrenners, we’d have a league far better off.

Me, I’m just going to enjoy the rest of his tenure (doesn’t mean I won’t criticize).

I am Washington, DC

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“You’re rotten to the core. You’re deeply agressive; street-level violence and big-time politics.”

How wrong that is aside… how the heck am I supposed to answer number 3?

3.) You can have anything to drink right now, what would it be?
Double Espresso
Shot of whiskey
Margarita
Shot of tequila
Draft Beer
Any mixed drink
Glass of Wine
Moonshine
Some Coke with my Crack
Anything with alcohol, NOW! And keep it flowing.

Ok, I don’t drink alcohol. So, there goes 2-8 and 10. I don’t drink coffee. There goes 1. I don’t do drugs… there goes 9. So, I’ve got nothing. I do drink soda, so I choose the 9th one, but even that isn’t close…

A. Polselli goes photo blogging…

Adam has made a change. His blog is now a photo blog. I am not sure if it is more interesting to me personally, but as long as that’s what he wants to do, that’s what matters. He is really into photography and design and certainly has recognizable talent in both.

In and Out

Yeah, I know I just got started. But, I am not too sure how much I will be able to blog from the 2nd through the 9th, so I wanted to post a note.

I might get a few entries in in that time, however.