New Group: Volunteers

I've been thinking that this group / service has been necessary for some time, so I've finally gone and done it.

If you're willing to be singled out as a helpful individual, then please join Volunteers. You may want to start a thread detailing what in areas you are willing or able to offer help or advice.

If you want help, check out the membership of Volunteers, and either PM the appropriate member directly, or start a thread with Volunteer in the title and as a keyword.

Oh, and my own specialities? Science, use of English and general know-it-allness.

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I can help with editing instructables and with layout problems. I like editing. :D
Proof reading too? Sometimes it takes me 5 re-reads to see I have type the the word the twice (&etc) sigh
Yep, proof eading too. I consider all of those things one big editing beast. :D
XD Proof ead that comment again... ;-)
coffee anyone ?
Really? I wish I could but I am so tired.
reminds me of the other day... saw a girl trip and i kind of smiled and her friend was like "look, hes laughing at you" and she was like "STOP LAUGHING AT ME, IVE HAD A BAD DAY. JUST NOBODY TALK TO ME, NOBODY LAUGH AT ME, IVE HAD A BAD DAY!!!" it was funny... i laughed.
Hahaha, well, at least I didn't freak out on anybody like that. I did trip several times though. Sleep deprivation is lovely. :D
(AIM higher)

(wink wink nudge nudge)
Mmm,Proof eating, oh, you said "proof eading" Sorry about that, I ate proof and now it turned into roof Sorry.
ll.137 years ago
(tiny bump)
Goodhart8 years ago
Um, if I have irritated anyone, please let me know. Sometimes I over-react or may be a little insensitive, so I apologize, and just hope someone can let me know when I am this way so I can change the behavior. Thanks ahead of time...
I must confess that I have no idea what you're talking about. Unless you're just warning us that sometimes you Hulk out and get very angsty. :P
I don't know, maybe I am just a bit paranoid. I feel like I sometimes upset others, especially when I type without a really careful re-read and just "post". I just wanted you all to know that it is safe to tell me if I "DO" irritate anyone...I would rather work on changing it, then defending it.
zachninme8 years ago
Yeah, new topics could get messy... Anyway, I'm great for Greasemonkey scripts (:P) I'm very knowledgable about math (Algebra, Trig, Calculus) and a few programming languages (JS/Python/C) I'm also good with computer problems, although I'm running linux, so its hard for me to fix Windows problems...
Well, I may take you up on that when I start working on using my Ubuntu install (I have been chicken up to this point, even though it is on a bootable disk without need of install)
. Go for it. Ubuntu is very easy to install and will work out-of-the-box (it did for me, anyway). The main problem I had was trying to uninstall some of the "extras" that get installed, eg, individual games.
. Run from the LiveCD and see which of the included apps you need/want, then do a custom install and select just those items. The default install puts a lot of crap (like games) on your drive.
. If you will partition your drive before the install (newer installers may handle it for you), you can dual-boot. You can get by with ~4GB, but >= 8GB works much better. Or better yet, use a second drive.
. As far as I can tell, Linux is not yet ready for the masses. Great OS for more advanced users.
I am not yet "advanced" but am trying to learn as quickly as I can (before my eyesight fades ;-) ).
. Maybe advanced is not the right word. How about adventurous? Going by your posts and your try-it-and-see-what-happens attitude, I think you will enjoy playing around with Linux. My hosted servers run RedHat. SciLinux looks like a good setup.
. If I could have figured out how to do RAID1 plus file sharing with Windows in the 3-4 days I played with Ubuntu, I'd probably still be running it on my file server.
. I had some 4-8GB HDDs laying around and installed 5-6 flavors of Linux to try out. As far as I can tell, there's not that much difference from one distro to the other - each has its' pluses and minuses, but nothing I saw gave any of them a definite edge over the other. Ubuntu seems to be slightly "friendlier" than the others. But then I only used each for 3-4 days.
Ok, sounds great. Yeah, I am adventurous....to a point, but when it comes to the computer (which is one of the few things my wife has contributed to our 15 years of marriage), I have to be careful. I don't need to make it inoperable and have her scream at me because she can't get into eBay (actually, that might be endurable, given the money we'd save ;-) ).
just get the live cd. in my opinion, its even pretty straightforward for getting to the internet. applications, internet, firefox... it may even be on the desktop, but i dont believe it is. dual booting with windows is very easy. you may have to resize your windows partition though if it takes up the whole hard drive. one thing to note, it may not work with your computer's hardware. happened to me with fedora not working with my network card, and i had no way to get online to get the drivers. thats why the live cd is so great. if it doesnt work, then you know before installing it.
Yeah, (further up I mentioned: "even though it is on a bootable disk without need of install") is I suppose, what you are referring to as the "live cd" ?
yep, thats what i meant. and sorry about that, i missed that comment.
no problem, I miss more then the random comment sometimes ;-)
. Play around with the LiveCD for a while and see if you like it. Most distributions have a LiveCD. It runs slightly slower from the CD, but was fast enough for me on a 1.8GHz Celeron w/512MB. The LiveCDs only save data files to the HDD, so the chances of screwing something up are minimal.
. If you are paranoid enough and have a spare HDD laying around, take your current drive out of the computer whilst you fiddle about.
> one of the few things my wife has contributed ... <my emphasis>
. I think I understand what you meant, but I don't believe I'd let the wife read that. ;)
Having my wife sign into a "techie" site is about as likely as me giving birth (even though I appear as though I could). She is "eBay all the way" lol
One more thing, suggestions on places/site best to quickly learn Linux from?
The best way -- Use it and have problems :P
You'll have to fix the problems, (which usually entails copy/pasting from ubuntuforums into the terminal)

Although, Ubuntu is very stable right now. When I first started, I had to build the wireless drivers for my card, and I had a few other problems. I knew the terminal well because I used it in windows a lot, actually. Knowing just basic directory stuffs, such as cd, rm, mkdir, etc, will really help.

You can always try The Ubuntu Book, but I haven't read it, so I don't know what its about.

Then again, my friend uses Ubuntu, and he doesn't know anything on using the terminal. (Although I think he's picked up "sudo"/"gksudo") Theres graphical interfaces for everything.

I will have to find some time to fiddle (piddle ?) around with it ;-)
lemonie8 years ago
So people post 'help me' topics in Volunteers, and they get answers from experts?

Kiteman (author)  lemonie8 years ago
They check the list of volunteers - if one has the right "speciality", PM them directly. If not, start a thread for anybody to jump in.
lemonie Kiteman8 years ago
I think you'd need to keep adding a standard footer saying 'This is the Volunteers group, this is what the group is about', in order to raise & maintain the profile?

I surveyed 42 Forum topics containg the word 'help'. 80% were posted in all, no group featured even twice. This suggests that people don't seek a appropriate group (often).

I've found that if you're not member of the group, you can't post into its forum, and your thread is automaticaly posted into the "all" one. So that means that every person who will want to post into the "volunteer" group will have to join this group too ...
That's more than a lot of people could be bothered to do. However, if the group responded to the original post with e.g. "I've answered your question here (link to post in Volunteers)" you'd make use of the group and raise awareness. L
Kiteman (author)  lemonie8 years ago
Maybe part of it is that most people just look at "view all" whenever they check the forums? I know I do. Possibly if the forums were divided more clearly, as on other forums, things would be different. Still, if we have enough, varied members of the Volunteers group, "help" threads will not be needed so much, as members PM Volunteers directly?
. I don't like the idea of using PMs. Isn't the purpose of Ibles and the 'Net to share with as many ppl as possible?
Kiteman (author)  NachoMahma8 years ago
I don't mean it as a private network, it's supposed to be to contribute towards producing 'ibles. I've done it for a few people already - helping with the way they say things, filling in technical details to help improve the 'ibles they were going to produce anyway, or tidying up already-published 'ibles. Whilst they have been in confidence, they weren't permanently secret - they bore fruit in 'bles that (I hope) were better than they might have been.
lemonie Kiteman8 years ago
Ah right, you let people know they can PM you through the group. Should go alongside what I've mentioned previously 'cos no one will use it if they don't know it's there. L
Kiteman (author)  lemonie8 years ago
I wonder if we could talk Rachel into putting a direct link on the front page .... ?
lemonie Kiteman8 years ago
We'll Fender just asked me "who do you mean We?". So the same question to you. (Not without establishing the group as something that is already worth linking to first.) L
Kiteman (author)  lemonie8 years ago
Usually, I mean "we, the users of this website", but in this context I mean "we, the group of individuals who are willing to be Volunteers".
lemonie Kiteman8 years ago
Thanks, I was being a tad trivial and could have omitted that. Get the thing working, and we might be in with a chance. L
lemonie Kiteman8 years ago
I don't like the idea of PM-ing. Why should this be private? Oh wait, you have a volunteer who is good with the ladies... No seriously, the answers should be shared, surely? If you posted all the useful responses in the group, you'd build a group full of useful stuff, which could be explored for general reference? L
lemonie Kiteman8 years ago
A person would have to know that they were there and who they are. A lot of people seem to toss a forum topic into all and get a response from the same people who would be / are in the group. It's not going to be something that will attract people, the group will have to pull people in.

Bran lemonie8 years ago
I'm not sure, though I do not think so. People that are in the Volunteer group should post on this topic, stating what subjects they are strong in, and if they want, can post a topic on it. People who need help come to the group, find the person with the appropriate knowledge pertaining to their question/problem, and they PM the member. I think.
lemonie Bran8 years ago
Pretty much what I was thinking (except that I didn't mention the introducing yourself bit), thanks. L Why does Firefox not suggest 'except' when you type 'ecept'?
Fx's spell checker sucks, thats why :P
Yea, I was leaning in that direction... L
At least WordWeb catches it as misspelled ;-)
Should some one start a new thread about what peoples areas of expertise are, or is everyone just posting that here?
I think that the Kiteman's idea is that every volunteer open a new thread about what their area ... But as none did so far, I did not.
Kiteman (author)  chooseausername8 years ago
I did originally plan that everybody start their "own expertise" threads, but instead, After RedNeckOreo pointed out the unweildyness of that, can people just post their speciality here and keep chat to other threads??
. This thread is already getting a bit long. I'd start a new thread in the Volunteers group, but others may disagree.
Maybe you could start a thread for every of your different specialty : - programing languages - electronics - pipeline mechanics - etc This way, if someone has a question to ask about one of your area, he/she will go directly into the related thread to ask his/her questions ?
NachoMahma8 years ago
. I'm one of those jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none types, like Goodhart. I know the general principles behind a lot of things, but the details about very little. . As a child I built things like a SW radio (tubes), walkie-talkies, &c. Had a nice Erector set that I used a lot. . My first "real" jobs were as a Pipeline Mechanic and a Mechanical Maintenance Technician, working on pumps and valves, doing some welding, trained to fight LPG fires in the former and working with pumps, valve, glass piping, and high-purity Bromine and Br compounds in the latter. . I then changed careers and spent ~14 years as an Electrical & Instrumentation Technician at a hazardous waste incinerator. Worked with all sorts of control loops, including high temp (2000+degF), pressures from inches of water to 10K+ psi, flow, etc. Got a lot of experience with PLCs (small computers designed for process control), DCSs (mainframe computers designed for process control), and desktop computers. . Been using computers since 1972. At one time or another I have written small programs in BASIC, FORTRAN, COBOL, HyperTalk, 6502 assembler, 8088 assembler, JS, and several others. And have forgotten most of what I learned. I was the co-writer of a AppleBASIC program that handled billing for small water utilities. I mostly worked on optimizing the existing code (including converting the sort routines to 6502 machine language) and error-checking/fault-tolerance. I even managed to make a few $100 off the deal. Do a lot of volunteer computer work for local organizations and ppl that can't afford a real computer tech. . Up until I had heart surgery, I was a voracious reader (ex used to make fun of me for reading the dictionary while sitting on the toilet heehee) and have yards of reference books on the shelves. "It's not what you know that matters so much as it is what you can look up in a hurry" - forget who said that, but I always lived by it. . Over the years, I've dabbled in photography (had a small darkroom for B&W), sailing, auto mechanics (have rebuilt engines, trannies, carbs, &c. Working on a '67 Mustang now), and a bunch of other stuff. . I was a working partner in a local dialup ISP and learned a bit about networking, &c. I was Webmaster, Forummaster, cable installer, did some tech support, and any other technical jobs that the paid help couldn't handle. . Been online since 300 baud was the norm. Forget when I first got on the 'Net but it was sometime in the late '70s or early '80s. Taught an Internet class for the instructors at a local junior college for a few semesters. . Do NOT ask me to prognosticate! When we got a new 33MHz '386 at work, I told a co-worker that I thought computers had gotten about as fast as they were going to get. I also told my Internet students not to spend too much time learning to use Mosaic as all those pictures took up too much bandwidth and it would never catch on - Lynx works perfectly well. . OK. That's me. Left out a lot of stuff, but y'all are probably bored with all this. . PS: I'm not afraid to make a guess, but try to say so when I do.
8088 assembler

Cool ! I had forgotten my ole 8088. I remember using TurboAssembler and having to correct the text book...the second program they had entered called a proceedure that was not tagged anywhere. I couldn't believe it at the time, first chapter, page 5 or 6 it was; sigh. Been a long time since I Push/Pop(ed) "the stack" lol.
So that is why you are experienced in almost every topic posted here!
. I've been very lucky. And have been fortunate enough to have the opportunities to experience many things in 51 years. . I was adopted by parents who actively encouraged me to learn and explore - and had the resources to do so. They must have spent a small fortune with Heathkit. Vacations were to places like Washington, DC, US (Smithsonian, got to shake hands with Hubert Humphrey), NYC, &c - learning experiences, not just fun. . I turned 18 a year (or two) after they stopped the draft for Viet Nam. Whew! . I came of age in an era notorious for "free love." (And before AIDS.) . I had the chance to go to just about any college in the US - but wasted it. Women and drugs were more important at the time. . I got the E&I Tech job the month before they instituted an "AA required" policy. I don't _think_ I had anything to do with the new policy, but not sure. heehee . I was born and raised in the good ol' USA. I'm not one of those "America is The Greatest; we rock, you suck!" kinda ppl, but I have traveled abroad enough to realize that we have it GOOD (ie, easy) compared to most of the rest of the World. A trip to Mexico when in HS was a real eye opener for me. . Etc, &c, &c. . It's been a good Life, fellas! If I wake up dead tomorrow, I have no complaints.
Bran NachoMahma8 years ago
I have one question, and ignore this if this is too personal, but: are you married/have kids/grandkids? My parents are older than you, and I have nephews and a niece, so I was just wondering. Sounds like one heckuva life.
NachoMahma Bran8 years ago
. Married once, now happily single. . Adopted my daughter the week before I divorced her Mom. No biological kids. No grandkids and it doesn't look like the daughter is going to change that any time soon. . > Sounds like one heckuva life. . It's all in what you make of it. I've seen ppl with a lot more and that have done more than I that think they have gotten the short end of the stick. And I've seen ppl that weren't as lucky as I who are very happy.
It's creepy how much of this I already know.
Goodhart8 years ago
Ok, well if you will have me, a relatively newbie on board, when I am online, I could be of general service on a lot of different subjects: A kind of jack of most trades, master of very few, type.

Plus I have a personally created degree in researching things odd ;-) or old (especially electronic "stuff".
My biggest drawback is my paranoia over offending someone :-(
What? You think I'm easily offended!?! *Runs into a corner and cries*
Not anyone in particular, more like everyone in general. But no, I don't think people are easily offended, I just sometimes feel like I am a bit arrogant, and offensive. But I don't intend to be..... sigh snobby maybe but not arrogant LOL
. From what I have seen, you are neither arrogant (having or showing feelings of unwarranted importance out of overbearing pride http://wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn) nor snobby (characteristic of those who incline to social exclusiveness and who rebuff the advances of people considered inferior http://wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn).
. If you know the answer, you know the answer - it's not arrogant to say so.
. You seem to be willing to help everyone - that's not snobby.
. I don't think asking about a person's location is offensive. A little nosy, maybe, but not offensive. That's the only thing I've seen from you that could even remotely be considered offensive (but I've got pretty thick skin).
. Anybody that has a Bassett can't be all bad. ;)
I appreciate your kindness. I have been referred to as a "social leper" at times, but I guess that was mostly because I was a morbidly shy person up until a few years ago (and I am still not self-assured enough to consider going into politics LOL).

Anybody that has a Bassett can't be all bad. ;)

To make this accurate, we have to change the word "have" to "had" ;-), as in 15 years ago just before she and I got married. Poor Mac was almost totally blind, his sniffer was pretty bad too, he had hip hyperplasia, and gum (mouth) problems (could barely chew softened foods). He was an old old guy and was just very tired of it all. He took to me pretty quickly, and mistakenly turned on my wife once when he couldn't see who it was that was approaching him. It was sad to see him go, but sadder yet to "force" him to stay around because we would miss him.
I am no "expert" in anything really, but have done a lot of reading, and worked with JavaScripting, BASIC, COBOL programming languages, built some of my own test equipment (electronics), cook (but I don't "bake"), have fooled about with DHTML, welding, pyrography, Ubuntu 6.06, graphics, mechanics, physics, and dabbled in biology and astrophysics.
If somehow you need a photographer's help, that's what I'm best at. I also have a very mechanical mind..if that will ever come in handy to you.
"you" being whoever needs help.
theque8 years ago
ill join, although I'm not really an expert at anything, but i can provide help in videography or just ideas for various projects.
Brennn108 years ago
Lets see, I am decent with electronics, computers, C++, history, creativity for DIY-ness. All off the top of my head.
Bran8 years ago
Oh Yeah! You did it! Perhaps people should post here on what areas they are knowledgeable at instead of creating new topics? Hmmm.... I'm good at, um, er, uh.........oh! Spelling and grammar, some math, Internet researching, and, well, that's about it. I enjoy technology and science, but there are plenty more people on here more knowledgeable than me on those subjects. Hope this helps people out!
Kiteman (author)  Bran8 years ago
Perhaps people should post here on what areas they are knowledgeable at instead of creating new topics? Hmmm....

whatsisface8 years ago
Well I'm here to help with anything electronic (keep it fairly basic), any computer issues people are having as long as they are willing to describe the fault in full, and all things Internet. Don't be afraid to ask if you have an issue ;-)