Happy news for a Friday - I'm taking a leave of absence from my job and spending next year as a Fellow in the Library Innovation Lab and Affliliate of the Berkman Center at Harvard. Gonna be working on free law and open information stuff. I'm pretty excited (and terrified.)
I'll say it here without reference to any person known or unknown: As far as I know, at least in the U.S., there is no law requiring you to invite a jerk to speak or consult, or to attend a session at which a jerk is speaking. Nor, I believe, can you be sued for believing somebody is a jerk.
Anne and I recently encountered an online (comments thread) argument about the best girl scout cookie, in which someone said "Trefoils are a garbage cookie" and the rejoinder was "You're a garbage cookie." Now periodically one of us will tell the other apropos of nothing, "No, YOU'RE a garbage cookie."
I know that some of you LSWers were around during my library's flood in 2009 and that a number of you pitched in to contribute to the recovery efforts. I wanted you all to know that this didn't go unnoticed and that LSW has been immortalized accordingly.
And you may find yourself / in a dusty old stack / and you may find yourself / in part of a virtual world/ you may find yourself / behind the interface of a large website / you may find yourself in a beautiful library / with a beautiful desk / and you may ask yourself / well, how did I get here?
A colleague here at Baruch who also helps with the CUNY Academic Commons (the original CBOX) suggested we take a look at Discourse as a FF replacement. He mentioned that it is modeled on the StackOverflow system. http://www.discourse.org/