Now, Advogato has its mechanisms to maintain a high S/N ratio, the trust metric and diary rating are excellent tools - but either depend on a healthy base of contributors. And, like it or not (I don't :), there's more trolls and "I installed RedHat with Gnome, I am a l33t coder" users out there than even Advogato could survive, should they decide to flock over here.
On a work related note: I am still interviewing candidate after candidate though it's getting very frustrating. There's still plenty of resumes to go through, but I am slowly getting the impression that all good candidates are either outside of the SF Bay Area or already employed somewhere else.
email@example.com, if you happen to know someone or are someone in the Silicon Valley with a good Unix background.