Random Hacks of Kindness Newsletter
Volume #5 | May 2003
Are you one of the millions of individuals who turn to the Internet to provide valuable content represented by posts in help forums, email, web logs (blogs), research, newsletters, articles and other forms of digital media? YES?? Well then you are guilty of committing "random hacks of kindness". Alright, hands behind your back! Just kidding...
So you say you author online content? Good job! Did you know you can tag it with Affero's service to enable consumers of this content to thank you quickly and easily through ratings, comments and donations to causes you support? Pretty great huh? Each transaction is recorded in your public user history which builds your reputation. So everyone can see what a wonderful supportive individual you are!
We would like to recognize a few kind individuals that do good work, provide a fix to that annoying bug, raise awareness about a socially relevant topic and also those that took the time to say "Hey THANKS". Below are some of the comments Affero members have made to recognize the help and information they received.
"This is the best site I've seen as of yet regarding GNU/Linux. It's perfect for us newbies. I've been looking at other sites but most of them are for advanced users and assumes that we already know much about GNU/Linux. Thanks for this great site!"
This Affero thing sounds cool - how can I get an account you say?? Well look no further than here --> JOIN . It's quick & easy and soon you too will have the ability to enable others to show their respects when you help them. And hey, consider leaving a nice word behind when someone helps you too. We could all use a bit more kindness :)
Newsworthy Hack of Kindness:
Wikipedia is an international, open content,
collaboratively developed encyclopedia. As of May 2003, it covers
a vast spectrum of subjects and has over 129,000 articles in English
as well as over 75,000 articles in other languages.
This month we recognize Wikipedia as our featured open source project. As outlined on their website, there are three essential characteristics of the Wikipedia project, which together define its niche on the World Wide Web and make it unique:
For all of you that still think the term "Hack" has a negative connotation - please read the definition in The Jargon File 4.3.3 , which states that a hack is "an incredibly good, and perhaps very time consuming piece of work that produces exactly what is needed." Don't confuse a hacker with a cracker :)
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"A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward."
Author: William John Bennett