While I was at LGM I got into an interesting discussion about communities and how much they are like biological organisms. When the organism is doing well and all the parts are working on their own little jobs, the rest of the organism doesn’t have to pay much attention. But if something goes wrong then all sorts of attention is paid to the damage/infection.
The conjecture I tested this morning was that “negative posts in a community will attract more comments and longer comments than positive posts” this in essence was a critical look at weather it’s hard work to praise but easy to complain on a unit level. So, apologies to all my test subjects below, I turned a fairly positive post into a fairly negative post to see what would happen.
Conclusion: There was a strong community reaction to the negativity, taking data from a number of older positive posts I’m able to confirm that communities do act like complex organisms focusing on damage.
My post is this: I had a good time at LGM and though I missed UDS in Budapest last week, I have some plans of my own for Oneiric:
- I’m running a community Center for Boston Housing Authority (ubuntu 10.10)
- I’ve got a community greeter login project to allow users to register at login.
- A new deviantArt upload library using their new stash API (OAuth 2.0 draft 10).
- Some new plugins using said library for inkscape, gimp and nautilus.
- Edubuntu wallpaper refinement for the next release.
- More free culture artwork and posters promoting use of creative tools.
- Getting more involved with Inkscape bug fixing (already fixed one bug).
- Worrying about the release of baby 1.0 in October, new father syndrome.
Apologies again for playing with your collective. Thanks for posting comments 🙂