the ability for a person to develop sentiment for someone who he or she has never met, or seen-- moreover, virtually nothing at all substantial is really known by one about the other-- is demonstrated everyday in the forums that you and i frequent. it could be argued that this is a modern phenomenon, made possibile only by the electronic communication media which so many of us find so compelling. But is it so different than our tendency to develop a liking (or disliking) for the authors, actors, musicians, and other public figures we swoon over, or likewise those who we look upon with such disgust?
whether unique-to-geek or not, it can be kinda cool sometimes-- especially when a sense of cooperation develops. I'm writing this post because i just happened to re-read an article where one such very instance of this kind of cooperation seems to have taken place here at CSScreator.com
Having known this particular thread in its early days, it was nice to stumble upon it again this evening as it now stands in a more highly-refined state. I hope i'm giving credit where credit is due here when i congratulate the original author (i believe), TPH, having taken the initiative to create for the fellow readers, a practical guide to Firefox Extensions, and for the long-standing success of that text. It began not just a listing of extensions and URL's-- but instead, a useful summary of features, each as related to (implied) the web design experience, and now is detailed, beautified, and citied in a manner in which it would do any developer well should he or she choose to bookmark it as a valid, valuable targeted resource.
Small as it may be in the Grande Scheme of things, when i first discovered it, i developed a sense of "who" this author was. I saw his own integrity to the community as a cornerstone of what was making CSSCreator.com one of the strongest communities of its kind. I remark upon this thread today to recognize the good that can come of hard work, open and friendly cooperation, and strength & integrity among the individuals who make up the whole.
Aw shucks, you're making me
Aw shucks, you're making me blush
Internet communities are a wonderful thing. And by internet communites I don't mean the scourge of the net such as friendster, myspace, bebo, all these "social networking sites" - I mean forums.
Forums gather people of common interest but the people are so varied, and the longer you stay around the forums the more you get to know people, what they do, what they are like. You learn how to deal with things, and in time mature and gain the respect of everybody else. You want to contribute to the community; you do, you contribute something you're good at (for example me with my organisation of extensions) and you get a good reputation, and it makes you happy.
Personally I love this place, and the other forums I visit. There's a real sense of cameraderie, and it's even more pronounced in online gaming - especially if you're in a clan.
and I can't take all the credit for the list - Roy and Jeff contributed a lot of reviews and links to extensions as well as everybody else named at the top, they all contributed"
Aw shucks, you're making me blush
...pronounced in online gaming - especially if you're in a clan.
i'm curious what it is about gaming that makes it so?
yeah-- funny how the whole camaraderie thing develops-- and certain folks take the lead, and some follow (a good thing, and natural in herds of wild animals) and it all somehow becomes a familial hierarchy of communication. hmm... though i'm glad i posted that commentary, i'm not sure exactly what it was that inspired me at that moment to write it....
probably had something to do w/ feeling like so many pools i had dipped my feet in lately had been rather shark-infested, or stagnate -- or some less-than-ideal condition to truly foster learning, participation, and any sense of camaraderie, and though it's perhaps not that easy to put one's finger on what causes the uninhabitable, it's easy to recognize the opposite.
ah... blah, blah...