One year as community moderator at Opensource.com
I have been an active contributor to open source since October ’03, and discovering Opensource.com as a resource for articles on anything open was the best thing. I signed up as a regular community member in January ’13. I soon got involved more, as community gardener, and before I knew it Jason Hibbets invited me to the community moderator program. Today, I’m also writing the Friday open source news roundups.
Since I joined, I’ve had the pleasure of actually meeting the moderator team at the Red Hat Tower in Raleigh (NC, US), and even win a few awards like the Moderator’s Choice Award.
Opensource.com is an online publication focused on how open source is applied to different areas including business, education, government, health, law and other disciplines of life.
The open source way is about sharing, collaboration, meritocracy and community. Values that are important to me, and what also made me join this community, and program.
Community moderator program
The program identifies key contributors to Opensource.com. Once a member reaches a certain level through points and badges, he or she can be invited to join the community moderator program. Once you accept, there are some expectations, and also benefits and perks. To name just a few, a one year commitment is asked, and also a regular contribution of articles. As benefits, you get to publish your articles on a major publication, get to work with a great team of skilled editors, and more.
My own participation in the program, and Opensource.com, has grown to many things. From comment gardening to keeping an eye on the LinkedIn group, nurturing discussions, and share the content through social media and engage the open source community at large.
I started my journey into open source in ’03, discovering about open source software and CMS’s. Ever since I joined Opensource.com, this journey expanded into more than just software. Every day, I learn more about open data, government, science, the entire gamut of ‘open source’. I want to thank the staff at Opensource.com, for such a great community and program. And for a year filled with fun and learning. Also, a thank you to my fellow moderators.