"If one were to tell anyone acquainted with Rick Moen that the
word self-effacing can actually be used in conjunction with him, it
is very likely that one would be met with a disbelieving stare.
"However, that's a fact: Rick was initially hesitant to admit
that he would qualify as a subject for an interview, as (in his own
words), he was 'just an unemployed sysadmin in the Silicon Valley
area' wondering from where his next job would come. He hemmed and
hawed a bit before being convinced that the exposure could be
"Rick calls himself 'a software generalist' in the Linux
community, who answers technical questions on-line, concerning all
aspects of Linux. He does this on the mailing lists of various
Linux user groups (without respect to geographical boundaries--he
is very active on the Linux Users of Victoria list), on Usenet
newsgroups, and as a member of the answer gang of the monthly
e-magazine Linux Gazette..."
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