I was linked to this article after a discussion that was triggered by
a Tweet: https://twitter.com/shadowcat_mst/status/852265380156510214
In this article, the author describes a group called "weird nerds",
later renamed "hackers", and goes through some of the reasons why this
group is rejecting new members of their community (namely "brogrammers"
and "geek feminists", a false equivalence if ever there was one).
As someone who fits the author's idea of a hacker (the classical
definition of hacker, not someone who breaks into computers), and yet
has never felt like part of the hacker community, there are a lot of
things in here that are bad, but I'll comment for now on a couple
Continue reading Nerds Rejecting Nerds...
I've been in charge of a certain community for a very
long time. Before my actual tech career started, even. Back when doing
websites was just a hobby I didn't want to ruin by getting money
I was put in charge of this community after only a few hours of effort:
I wanted to learn something, I saw that a community didn't exist for
this topic in some prime community real estate, and so I created one.
Instantly, I was the leader of a community. Within weeks, people started
The funny thing about being in charge of a community is that it doesn't
require merit or community-building skills. Being in charge of
a community merely requires that one have authority: The ability to
decide who is part of the community and who is not. Because I founded
the community, I had the authority.
Continue reading A Community is a Reflection of its Leaders...