Welcome Mac Smith to the Discourse TeamJeff Atwood July 29, 2015
We’ve definitely had some growing pains over the last six months, and most of that could be classified squarely in one area – system administrator technical debt.
We came up with an innovative system administrator interview strategy that involved using Discourse, setting up Discourse, and private messaging us to communicate as a method of evaluating candidates. We also presented candidates with actual scenarios we face, and have faced, as we scale up Discourse hosting.
When the smoke cleared, we found Mac Smith.
Mac is many things: a father, a professional chef, a drummer, and an expert system administrator with nearly 20 years of experience.
I play drums. Drums are fun. I’m not all that flashy or technical but it’s really all about the pocket and how you fit in with the folks you play with. Not totally unlike a job when it’s a fit.
What impressed us the most about Mac — in addition to being the only candidate to answer questions on his own Discourse instance — was his overall tenacity and the completeness of his posted answers, which is essential when you work with a remote team.
Mac is the only other Discourse team member in the USA; he’s from Tennessee. This means the Discourse team is now up to 7 members worldwide, representing 5 countries.
We’re ecstatic to finally have someone thinking about the nuts and bolts of Discourse infrastructure a full 8 hours a day, every business day. Welcome to the team, Mac – we’ll meet you in person later this year in Australia for the 2015 leg of our yearly world tour!
And if you see Mac’s habanero pepper avatar out there, do say hello. Someone likes hot stuff!