According to ohloh, I made my 500th commit to GNOME today (although it hasn’t quite caught up with today yet, and CIA says it was my 662nd). After a brief period of inactivity I’m finally getting round to doing some things for GNOME again – and most importantly I’m doing it for fun. I think it’s probably fair to say I was pretty burnt out after helping organise GUADEC, but it’s also good to take a little break every now and again. Remember folks, you should only keep volunteering while you still find it enjoyable.
It’s probably slightly ironic that I was introduced to ohloh through Matthias’ blog post on the possible privacy implications. Although I’m relatively happy with the information shared about my contributions to Free and Open Source software, I remember it took me quite some time to come to terms with the fact that everything I did was so visible and easily accessibly to anyone and everyone. Has the Internet bred a community that is complacent to privacy, or do we just accept there are no guarantees for any data we place on-line?