Self Organizing Communities

One of the things that I find fascinating about the Internet is how it makes it easier for groups to form organically. I was thinking about this because of a reaction to the GoGaRuCo pr0n presentation ridiculousness. The group I am thinking of is RailsBridge. Which started as a response to the need to do something positive in reaction to all the recent negativity in and about the rails community.

It has only been a few days, but already they have a mailing list, a website, an IRC channel and are looking for people interested in helping them file as a non-profit. Also, there are also spin off projects, like RubyChallenge.

I personally think this is an awesome idea. And represents the best that the Internet as a social media can offer–enabling people to get together to help out others.

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