Editor's Note: Taking Time to Say "Thanks"Nov 26, 2003, 23:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)
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By Brian Proffitt
Being thankful is something that does not come easily for some people, myself included.
First, there is the question of recognizing what to be thankful for. Taking the time to step away from a busy life and really seeing what we should be grateful is a process that many do not have the chance to do.
Then there is the question of where to address those thanks. While thanking Linus Torvalds for the Linux kernel is a straighforward proposition, being grateful for family and friends seems to imply a higher plane to send such gratitude.
For some, it is a matter of faith in a deity. For others, thanks could be directed towards Fate. Or the human soul. Each of us has our own beliefs. We choose to talk to God, Allah, Whomever. Or we choose not to talk at all. It is the human condition, it seems, to be individualist in our beliefs.
I have had occasion recently to be thankful for personal and professional concerns. Events that have reminded me that being part of a community is one of the best parts of living and working on this plane of existence. I won't wax rhapsodic about personal events, but I did want to take a moment to mention a professional gratitude.
When I work on this site, it is a very team effort, even though many people get the impression that I am the sole person working on Linux Today. On some levels that's true, since I'm the only employee responsible for getting the content together, assigning original stories, writing, and monitoring talkbacks. But from day one working on this site, I have always known that this is a community site.
People contribute stories all of the time, adding their voices to the content of the site. Not just directly either. Contributions also shape future story placement, too. If enough people send me contributions on a particular topic or from a certain writer, I am going to seek out more of the same out in the future.
Talkbacks are another way of influencing the site. I can usually tell when readers have had enough of a certain event when I post the talkbacks. For instance, while some days it seems we're up to our eyeballs in SCO news, I personally make every effort not to grab every story that surrounds another goofball statement out of Linden.
Is this system perfect? By no means. Which is why I do appreciate direct communication from readers as well. I don't often like to use talkbacks for site feedback and response, but I will always answer e-mail or IM communications (aim: StartXScribe) about Linux Today concerns.
These three communication methods are not what I am thankful for; it is the people on the other end of the these lines of communication. It is the readers and the members of the Linux and Open Source communty, to whom I extend my thanks. You have been friends, teachers, cajolers, and sometimes harrassers--but I would not trade my experiences working with you for anything.
[Housekeeping Note: Linux Today is going to close down to holiday/weekend mode starting local tomorrow morning, in observance of the US Thanksgiving holiday. The news feed will resume normal operations on Monday, December 1, 2003 at 0000 EST/0500 GMT.]
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