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an LJ observation

LJ is pretty good because the volume of postings is relatively low, generally on topic, and there little or no spam or trolling. However, it's not quite as open as usenet. A couple of times, I have posted responses to what some people have written in their journals, and have gotten the impression that I invaded their private space or something.

On a somewhat related subject, I've always wondered if people outside of ops read keystone tickets, and if so, what they think about the general process by which operational problems are identified and resolved. Some people who are new to the company who don't understand some of the terminology people are using can get confused by certain things (e.g. a fetch package pushed to one machine vs one pushed to all the machines in a group). Also, some of the people have been with the company for a long time, and have a shared history, so it might not be clear to newer people what's going on.


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Oct. 27th, 2003 10:40 pm (UTC)
I would expect that Keystone will get mothballed soon enough, more is the pity.. there is a lot of knowledge in there, but 90% pertains to products and processes that are themselves getting mothballed.

I am pretty much expecting fetch to go the way of the world as well, which means Ops folks like us will have to brave it in the next life with only our l33t skillz and not have much in the way of laurels to rest on. That will trigger a touch of nostalgia when the time comes to turn down the fetch server, but it was starting to show its age anyway.

Those of us remaining on the sysadmin team have been thinking about using our spare time to invent some new cool tools for sysadmins, much in the spirit of fetch. Hmm..
Nov. 10th, 2003 08:20 pm (UTC)
If people really view their journals as private space, they can always make them private or semi-private, or restrict who can comment. I welcome comments in mine, and am interested in finding out when I have readers (occasional or otherwise) I didn't know about.
Nov. 11th, 2003 09:02 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'm still learning my way around LJ. I found your journal via figmo, and remembered you from usenet.
Nov. 11th, 2003 09:31 am (UTC)
I remember you from Usenet, but I didn't think I was especially memorable. Now I know otherwise. :-)

It can take a while sometimes to figure out the LJ culture (and, of course, it's not monolithic). For example, there seems to be some weirdness associated with adding people to a friends list. I had just started blithely adding people I found interesting, using the "subscription list" model, and then people started asking me if I minded if they added me. Um, no -- if I was picky about who my readers are, I wouldn't post publicly. I eventually added something to my userinfo page saying I don't mind people adding me, which sets of my "am I being arrogant and presumtuous?" thread, but I figure that for every person who asks there's probably someone silently reading who doesn't want to ask, so *shrug*.
Nov. 12th, 2003 05:25 pm (UTC)
Yes, there do seem to be issues with friends' lists. Anyway, thanks for adding me. I hope you enjoy my journal.
Nov. 12th, 2003 08:27 pm (UTC)
I do. Thanks for letting me know you're here. :-)
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