Working in open source software or helping others on platforms like forums and chat rooms can often be a thankless task. Sometimes, going out of your way to recognise someone’s efforts or to thank them can not only be greatly appreciated, but genuinely inspiring.
You’ve probably noticed there is a fantastic spirit of appreciation within the Elixir community. It stems from José himself; I’m sure many of you have already witnessed the love hearts he’s now famous for in Github pull requests
I’d really like for us to honour this culture of appreciation on the forum, hence introducing this scheme.
Every month I will personally select (perhaps with the help of past MOTM) two members who I believe have gone above and beyond in helping either the forum itself, such as by moderating/house-keeping of threads/wikis etc (which anyone at Trust Level 3 can do btw) or by helping members directly, either via their threads, or by writing Wiki’s or other guides and info. Sometimes this may even extend to those who are taking the time to post interesting and thought-provoking topics for discussion; If it feels like someone has made an effort to make this forum the best it can be, I think it would be great for us to recognise and reward them. Not only will they be listed in this thread, but each MOTM will also receive a gift - a Pragprog-published ebook of their choice
Selections won’t be based on just the previous months activity. Apart from it not allowing enough time to really gauge a member’s activity or intent, it would mean missing members who have done a great deal to help the forum in the past - and I really don’t want to miss them! So these awards will be somewhat back-dated… where we’ll begin by taking a short trip down memory lane.
I hope you’ll all enjoy the MOTM scheme and I hope none of you will be offended if I miss you. Traditionally MOTM schemes recognise a single member a month - but I knew that wouldn’t be enough - so have opted for two… that’s 24 forum members a year! (I hope all of the giveaways and discounts we have organised for you will somewhat make up for any shortcomings )
Right… let’s get started.
(If you would not like to be considered for MOTM, please PM me to let me know.)