Once, a long time ago, I got accused of taking advantage of others to solicit articles and tips/advice for my website, while only writing a smattering of articles or tips myself. The person claimed I was just using people and taking all the credit for their work, while contributing very little of my own. I wonder what that person had accomplished in the community, besides complaining about other people’s efforts? I thought about it a while and came up with the Bricks Analogy.
“What’s the Bricks Analogy?”, you ask. I’m glad you brought that up. Read on…
Sanguinarius is like a brick building constructed from the various insights of contributors in many forms. This site is a place where we can contribute and archive our combined knowledge of the community and share it, so that we may continue to build on our understanding of what we are and how we function.
I have a few bricks and an idea for a building, but not enough to really build anything on my own. You have a few bricks, too. Many people have at least a brick or two; some have more than others; and some don’t have any at all. Each of us, with what bricks we have, cannot build much of anything. After all, it is only a couple of bricks. And there’s not many enough to build a building.
But, — here’s where the magick kicks in, — when those of us who have some bricks (or even just one brick) come together and contribute what bricks we do have to the whole, a community building can be created! And everyone can now enjoy the benefits of visiting the building, even those who didn’t have any bricks at all.
Well, the bricks are like knowledge or snippets of advice, articles, and what have you. If we pool our knowledge, even if you only have one “brick”, we can build a repository of knowledge that everyone in the community can benefit from. From those who just realized one useful tidbit of advice and passed it on, to those who have contributed multiple articles, website help or other assistance (IRC Ops or message board Moderators/Admins), they all can visit the site and have access to the pool of knowledge (yep, there’s a pool out back). Those who never had a “brick” are welcome to come and learn from the collective information.
And the “building” will keep growing so long as those in the community come and share their knowledge, realizations, information, tips, advice, etc. To that end, I officially dedicate Sanguinarius v5 to Sarah Winchester, and the Winchester Mystery House. For 38 years, Sarah Winchester had her House being worked on nonstop, night and day; work did not cease until her death in 1922. It’s not just a mansion, it’s bizarre: flights of stairs leading to the ceiling, doors that open on a second story drop, windows inside rooms, hallways that lead to nowhere, and even more strangeness. (Hopefully, Sanguinarius is a bit more orderly than the Winchester House, though!) Click the above link for the back story and to see what the House looks like (yes, you can take tours; I’ve always wanted to).
Work will most likely continue with Sanguinarius until MY death or disablement, whenever that may be. I encourage those who visit to take something away with you when you leave. I encourage others to archive portions of my site, and still others to reprint the information contained herein (just be sure to give proper credit, not just to Sanguinarius, but to the various authors and posters who have contributed their materials to the site) on their own sites or blogs. I’m not in good health, and would rest much easier in knowing that if I or my site disappears from cyberspace, a big black whole [sic] won’t be left in its wake. In fact, I’d love it if Sanguinarius were redundant because if it’s gone, the knowledge still survives. If something happens to me, I want to look down from above (or up from below, as the case may be) and see that SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE has copied my site to make Sanguinarius v6 (although it wouldn’t have to be titled as such). The torch must be passed on.
Founder and Administrator
P.S. — I need to find a good, suitable brick-themed template for WordPress, but I really, really like the “Mantra” theme it has now (all wonderfully dark blue and gothic).
P.P.S — Speaking of buildings, we do have a virtual Sanguinarius Community Center building in Second Life, a virtual reality “grid”, which I will link to eventually with some more information and pictures. (We even have a virtual AI cat named Fuzzbutt roaming around the place!)