Too much power is a dangerous thing….. particularly in my hands
July 27, 2013
This is embarassing but I was encouraged to blog about my mistake to save others from making a similar mistake (although I doubt anyone else would!).
Back towards the end of June I read the following blogpost which I found on planet ubuntu:
I was curious about this and so I went about signing up just to see how it would go. Unfortunately, during the sign up process, I inadvertently signed up the entire Ubuntu-ie launchpad Team as an answer contact for Ubuntu answers. I made this monumental mistake by clicking a checkbox in the signup process. I did not give this process enough attention and wrongly assumed I was just confirming my membership of the team. I did not realise that I had made the mistake until I checked e-mails a couple of days later (I don’t always check my e-mail daily). I was shocked, not only at the huge level of mails, but also by the number of team members deactivating their memberships of the ubuntu-ie launchpad team. I was confused and I still did not fully understand what had happened. Had I done this? Was I the cause of team members deactivating the memberships? It slowly dawned on me that I was the culprit. I felt sick. Thankfully Laura Czajkowski had already stepped in and sorted things out. Through the Ubuntu Ireland mailing list I sincerely apologised for the flood of ask ubuntu e-mails that people had received. It was never my intention to sign up the Ubuntu-ie launchpad team to this service. I learned a valuable lesson through this unfortunate experience. As an administrator of the Ubuntu Ireland Team I need to be a lot more careful when dealing with Team matters online. Yes indeed…. too much power is a dangerous thing.