Off the discussion that cycles around periodically, I'm going to publish the scheme I use for certifying people:
- Knowing who you are, or being otherwise assured of your identity, or having had personal contact: Important.
- Programming skill: irrelevant.
- Contribution to open source: Important.
- Not embarassing me for having certified you: Important.
Step 2 involves not spouting vile rants and noise that are going to make me wish I didn't have my name on your page certifying you. Heck, you can hold differing opinions, or argue with me, and I'm cool with that. What a funny old world it would be if we were all the same. But if you bite or flame people, I'm going to seriously reconsider my certification of you. If I suspect you might, I'll either be conservative in my certification, or simply not certify you. A few people here fall into that category....people who are acceptable for diary entries, but I wouldn't trust on the Advogato front-page. Not with my name attached to them, anyways.
And it's all about trust, isn't it? :)