Volunteers need more visibility (was Re: www.python.org hacked?)

Peter Hansen peter at engcorp.com
Mon Jul 14 23:23:53 CEST 2003


Aahz wrote:
> 
> In article <3F12FA18.B04B400E at engcorp.com>,
> Peter Hansen  <peter at engcorp.com> wrote:
> >
> >Have we been hacked, or is this human error during maintenance?
> 
> Yes to both.  :-(  We were actually hacked a while ago, then failed to
> do a complete cleanup.  When we got the disk full problem, I attempted
> to update the main page so people would know what was going on; I
> thought that vi was capable of managing the re-write inplace.  I was
> wrong.  We're back on the air, with special thanks to Thomas Wouters for
> interrupting his post-OSCON snooze.

Thanks then to Aahz, Skip, Thomas, and anyone else involved.  I think we
should find a place to give more visible credit to the many people
involved in handling with such things.  I had no idea so many people
who regularly contribute here were also the ones who step in to resolve
such problems, or who manage the day-to-day updates and additions.  
And obviously this is a very distributed effort, unless you all happen
to be roommates. ;-)

To add to the workload then :-), but also perhaps to help inspire 
additional people to volunteer and share the load, I suggest adding a 
reasonably prominent page to www.python.org with a quick summary of who 
helps run the site, or other community efforts, and perhaps something
like a one-sentence bio to give a bit more of a face to some of the
lesser known folks.

Or did I just overlook an existing such page?

-Peter




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