My Forum Resume

Jack Eber Carlson
Cell: 804-683-7347

If you have or are planning to start a forum, I would be pleased to offer my experience as a moderator or consultant on moderation and administration. 

I have worked with Invision Power Boards, PHP-Nuke, vBulletin boards and Simple Machine  Forums. I have written forum rules, designed layouts, enabled and disabled features; I  have done practically everything that requires doing on a forum.

Lockergnome Forums
  Owner: Chris Pirillo  
  2002-present  Administrator, moderator
Lockergnome forums is one of the oldest and largest PC help forums on the internet.   Nearly six million entries have been posted in the six years since it started.  As an  administrator and more recently, after merging with another forum, a moderator, I have  been involved in all aspects of forum administration.  Prior to the merge, I was responsible  for planning and implementing a major redesign of the site.  I helped write and enforce the  forum rules.  With the rest of the administration and moderation team,  I helped new  members with their accounts, edited and deleted posts and spam, handed out infractions  to those who violated forum rules, banned accounts or IP ranges of those who repeatedly  failed to follow the rules of the forum and created, altered or deleted individual forums in  order to better serve our members.  I have also set up cron jobs to create backups of the  forum and its database on our host's servers.

Scot's Newsletter Forums  
  Owner: Scot Finnie
  2003-present  Administrator
Scot Finnie is currently the Editor in Chief of Computerworld Magazine.  In 2003, while the  online editor at InformationWeek Magazine, he decided to start a forum as an outgrowth of  his popular newsletter.  It was to be a more focused forum than Lockergnome, concerned  mostly with the Windows and Linux operating systems and hardware issues.  As an  administrator, I've been involved with creating an atmosphere that encourages participation  and member loyalty.  We are proud to be the home of one of the friendliest Linux forums  on the internet.  Most of my duties are similar to those I performed at Lockergnome.   Scot's forum is strongly focused on the community.  In 2004 I was honored to be involved  in rallying members to help re-roof a member's home on the East Coast whose house was  damaged in a hurricane.

Spyware Beware Forum  2004-present  Moderator
The maddoktor forum is associated with the the Alliance of Security Analysis Professionals™  (ASAP).  

Volconvo Forum  
  Owner: Stephen Best
  2005-present  Administrator, moderator
Volconvo is a very different forum from Chris' and Scot's.  Being a forum that encourages  debate on a wide range of topics, moderation is much more a proactive activity. My  experience at Chris' and Scot's forums has provided me with the ability to discern when a  topic is getting close to bursting into a flame war or a member needs to be reminded of the  forum rules.  This forum is a frequent target of spammers and people looking to cause  problems, so the moderators need to be quick to act and know how to use the tools at  their disposal to resolve these issues.  This is a very active forum.  I tend to stay logged in  all day, physically checking new posts every hour or so. As an administrator, I have responsibility for maintaining the backend of the forum.  My concerns as a moderator are the welfare of  the members and the image of the forum.

Forums are nearly as old as the internet. The first users of the net realized that first and  foremost, the internet was a communications medium. Email and bulletin boards were  immediately popular as soon as they were introduced, and maintain that popularity to this  day, though their form and capabilities have evolved as newer and more dynamic  applications have been developed. Yet the ability to communicate remains at the core of  the internet.

Early bulletin boards eventually gave way to forums, conversations preserved in a threaded  format that permit anyone to add to a conversation on a particular topic. Some of these  topical conversations can carry on for years and may eventually contain thousands of  postings from hundreds of contributors.

Forums have been formed around a single concept such as gardening or computer  support, while others have found success allowing a wide range of discussions with few if  any central themes. Though there are perhaps only a handful of popular forum platforms,  the content can be as varied as the members who post to them.

I am an advocate for forums and am convinced that no matter what minor changes they  may undergo as they become more relevant to a web 2.0/3.0 internet, they will maintain  their core purpose as a source of information and opinion, a record of the evolution of the  internet itself.