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Feel free to edit any bad spelling if it annoys you. RobGraves
How many people aproximately are active here?
We have ~100 unique IPs hit RecentChanges a day, something like 300 to the site as a total. Over the week, triple that roughly. The TeethToTailRatio of readers to writers is rougly 10:1 for a site like this. The most active writers are the square root of the total number of writers (there's a theorem that proves this). -- SunirShah
Are most active members computer programmers by trade?
Well, GluePeople has something to say about this - we sit on the borderline between hacking and sociology, which is quite a pleasant place to be. But yes, programming is my trade. But for how long? --MartinHarper
Now allergic to engineeringinging, I'm a post-modernist by trade. Can I mow your lawn for $5? -- SunirShah
How long should I wait, lurk, and learn before having a crack at refactoring a page? There are no hard fast rules, but I would give yourself a couple of weeks of *lurking* before trying to refactor a page. My way of becoming a part of a community is through service. I am also aware that sitting on the edge is also important. Is it cool for me to tell other "non-hacker" community workers about this site?
Well, the goal isn't to refactor, but increase clarity. If you can see a place that needs to be clearer, go for it. The worst that can happen is that you reinspire an old discussion. ;) Yes, please do invite them. The nature of the site is whoever happens to be here, +/- inertia. -- SunirShah
What i am feeling for is some thoughts on how ownership and hospitality works here.
How many thoughts? We have lots of text on that! As general advice for entering any new space is to do one new thing at a time, but have courage to act, so just keep going. Be confident that we're actively interested in you, so we'll help where possible. As Chris says, problems occur when people mistake what we consider to be help in good faith with attacks on dignity. -- SunirShah
You could browse through MeatBall:back=CategoryReworking, which might give you a bit of inspiration... but I found it was easiest to learn good reworking by doing. Slowly to start with - not particularly because you might mess something up, but because you need to build your confidence. Confident reworkers are better than nervous reworkers, because they don't leave ReworkingNotes? behind.
OKAY.... I will do this RobGraves
Thank you people for answering these questions.... I have an active learning style