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March 16, 2008 at 1:46 am #381215
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ahnt

Hi,

as discussed here:
http://www.brickfilms.com/phpBB2/viewto … highlight=

it was suggested to have a new “community admin” that should function as a liaison between the new owner of the site ThickAsABrick and the community. Since this role is new I would at first describe it from my perspective and shed light on my person as well, since I would like to do this job. I have to add that this is only a suggestion so far, and TAAB has the last word about this matter (anyway).

I think my new job would include the following (most of this comes from “an Old Ore”):

  • Liaise with the brickfilms.com community in order to keep them informed about upcoming changes and features that will be available to them.[/*]
  • Hire and Fire other administrative people, specifically the ministers. *[/*]
  • Oversee the day-to-day running of the site, specifically: making sure that ministers / mods are doing their job, making sure that no ministers / mods are performing tasks they should not be performing.[/*]
  • Spend some time investigating ways to improve brickfilms.com for all involved.[/*]
  • The administrator need not know coding since Zane can do that, but familiarity with code that the site uses and it’s possibilities / limitations would be advantageous.
    I have to add to this point that I know C,C++,Delphi,Matlab,Excel and very basic Python and Java, I have to say that I never did any web programming and only fundamental web design. But when you read my bio you will see that understanding code is part of my job…[/*]

I guess there are several good reasons why I would be a good choice for this:
I had nothing to do with the discussions and back and forth that lead to the discrepancies between TAAB and the old ministers and Schlaeps, I have a somewhat neutral position. And I think that I actually understand TAAB position very well. On the other hand I actually also know the community and think that I would be able to represent the wishes and needs of the community in an suitable way. But one thing is very important

I am not a puppet!

This means that I will not simply try to convince the community that TAABs changes are the best, and I would also not try to oppose TAAB just because the community doesn´t like something or urgently wants feature XYZ…
I have my own opinion and think my job is mediate between TAAB and the community. I guess that after a while, if everything is running and we have worked out or differences, maybe I even become obsolete as a liaison …

I also think that the best way to improve the site is to actually make constructive critizism, something that aparently got lost during the recent events. But I also have to tell you the truth, and that is that TAAB finally makes the descissions and also has the responsibility, I can only make suggestions and give feedback….

What is probably also f importance is that I am in deed a little older, which means that I already have some life experience and I can tell you as a scientist you have to deal with critizism all day long. Finding out that you are wrong doesn´t mean that the person who told you that is an idiot, in fact he/she helped you on your way! I know how to deal with critizism on a professional level, and know how to explain and teamwork in a constructive and neutral way.

I also think that elections in this matter are not an option. TAAB has to anounce me, which would be a sign of mutual trust, but I highly recommend using the poll to show that I actually also have the support of you the community.

One of the things that I also think is very important is that I am someone you know and trust and that you have a face that you can adress and ask for help with your problems. And I have no problem with transparency, I actually think it is fundamental in any relationship…

Facts about me:
My name is Dr. rer. nat. Arend Hintze
I was born 1975 in Germany, which means I am 32 now…
After school I studied Biology in Germany and finialy ended up having my PhD in Genetics and Developmental Biology. But after that I somewhat changed topic and I am now living in LA doing computational biology, evolution and networks. I actually create models and simulations about evolution on the computer, which requires very good programming skills that I definetely have. But like AnOldOre said, Zane is the programmer and his job is coding, and I actually don´t see my role involved in that at all.
I am programming since I am 12, I played basketball, did thriathlon and ran a couple of marathons or simmilar competitions. Since 2006 I have an injured hip and I was forced to quit running…
I am married to Leonie Hintze, and you might know her voice from some of my brickfilms. Since 5 month I have two sons, and I hope they will become great brickfilmers when they are a little older.

You can find my filmography here:
http://web.mac.com/ahintze/Web-Site/fil … intze.html
and see pictures of my boys and some of me here:
http://web.mac.com/ahintze/Web-Site/Blog/Blog.html

I started doing video films in school and did a couple of videos about sport events for my father and my wife.

In terms of Lego I have to say that I am coming from building. I made some creations that you can find on brickshelf:
http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?m=ahnt
But after building I wanted more from it, so I decided to make brickfilms.

please don´t hesitate to ask any further question:

Cheers Arend

March 16, 2008 at 1:55 am #381217
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Errol

I’m all for it.

:D

March 16, 2008 at 2:32 am #381221
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Brickfield

You seem very qualified for this job, I hope you get it :)

March 16, 2008 at 5:42 am #381242
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brianfast

shouldn’t this be in the proving grounds?

March 16, 2008 at 8:39 am #381260
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Aled Owen

You can’t post in there twit.

-Aled

March 16, 2008 at 4:11 pm #381309
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brianfast

“Aled Owen” wrote: You can’t post in there twit.

-Aled

Name calling isn’t something I want to see in a site admin…

March 16, 2008 at 4:26 pm #381311
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ahnt

“brianfast” wrote: [quote="Aled Owen"]You can’t post in there twit.

-Aled

Name calling isn’t something I want to see in a site admin…[/quote]

I guess I should point out that there is a difference between ahnt (me) and Aled who is not…. :wink

cheers Arend

March 16, 2008 at 4:47 pm #381320
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Droid

Yes, I support you ahnt.

March 16, 2008 at 5:15 pm #381337
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Legoman182182

I support you because you called brian a twit.

March 16, 2008 at 6:10 pm #381350
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RP Hoogle

No Aled did, read.

March 16, 2008 at 6:15 pm #381352
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Matt Gillan

Good idea although it is whether or not the Admins decide that this job is needed to whether or not we think you are right for the job or not.

March 16, 2008 at 7:21 pm #381368
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ahnt

“Matt Gillan” wrote: Good idea although it is whether or not the Admins decide that this job is needed to whether or not we think you are right for the job or not.

Well, you are right about this, but I think that a community representative is a good solution for everyone. The community can adress me and get least get the feeling that their voices are heard. And the new admins get someone from the “inside” to relay their ideas. I guess if TAAB or Zane start adressing the community everybody will oppose them – just because…

I also think that the new elections should be carried out by the community (me) rather than the new admins, this would help us to get the feeling of autonomy back.

Cheers Arend

March 16, 2008 at 8:23 pm #381392
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Cometgreen

“ahnt” wrote: [quote="Matt Gillan"]Good idea although it is whether or not the Admins decide that this job is needed to whether or not we think you are right for the job or not.

Well, you are right about this, but I think that a community representative is a good solution for everyone. The community can adress me and get least get the feeling that their voices are heard. And the new admins get someone from the “inside” to relay their ideas. I guess if TAAB or Zane start adressing the community everybody will oppose them – just because…

I also think that the new elections should be carried out by the community (me) rather than the new admins, this would help us to get the feeling of autonomy back.

Cheers Arend[/quote]
Or, we could accept the fact that we do not run this place. That we don’t have autonomy.

Seriously guys, none of the other forums I visit care to solicit the opinion of the community before making changes. I don’t recall Jason getting the community’s input when moving to this forum, no one asked me about the redesign of the site, Josh didn’t ask for our opinion when he made the patron program. Hell, Schlaeps didn’t ask us if we were OK with a new chat program. In fact, if you want a fun read, go to the oldest page of Site Feedback. Look at ALL those things Rev did without our input!

Get over yourselves.

And doesn’t this position just further cement the “us vs them” mentality that you want to avoid? It seems to me like the mere presence of an intermediary will widen the divide between the users of these forums and TaaB & co. They are perfectly capable of telling us about future changes when said changes are set in stone, and we are perfectly capable of organizing our thoughts on these changes.

Cometgreen

March 17, 2008 at 12:18 am #381442
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Errol

“Cometgreen” wrote: And doesn’t this position just further cement the “us vs them” mentality that you want to avoid?

If you ask me, this position was less about Taab and Zane, and more about us as a community.

In the points that Arend listed, a lot of it was being in a position of authority over the other ministers. If we have a problem with the ministers, we would would go to the Site Admin. We wouldn’t have to bother Zane and Taab, who don’t even read the forum and probably wouldn’t care about our little squabbles. :)

It would be great if Taab and Zane would respect the position of the Site Admin, and if they get strange emails from us, they can ask the Site Admin for the background, or whatever. But that’s not something anyone can guarantee.

I personally am quite over myself. :D

March 17, 2008 at 7:28 pm #381561
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History500

I won’t vote for you yet, not untill I know that Schleaps isn’t running for admin.
or.. maybe you could make him an assistant admin?

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