Yes­ter­day, I post­ed an arti­cle about crowd-sourc­ing. Today, I am going to show that I do not hate crowd-sourc­ing as a whole. In fact, I often use the prod­ucts that are avail­able for such means as part of my own projects.

For instance, for the last few days, I have been work­ing on a web­site that com­piles infor­ma­tion about pro­grams and resources made avail­able to vet­er­ans through the Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Affairs. This way, there will be less hunt­ing for “the right tool” when you real­ly need it. The github repos­i­to­ries I am using were actu­al­ly part of a challenge.gov project a while ago, I believe. So, I am mak­ing use of the tools that were being pro­vid­ed for a crowd-sourc­ing project ini­tial­ly. So see? I am not all against it. I am using these repos­i­to­ries as it is cre­at­ed and main­tained by the Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Affairs them­selves, and they would know more about what they offer than I could ever hope to.

My rea­sons are altru­is­tic, I want vet­er­ans to be able to find the help they need where I had a mis­er­able time find­ing pro­grams to help me. That is some­thing I do not want some­one else to go through on their own, so I am try­ing to fix the prob­lem as best I can.

I’m not try­ing to toot my own horn or make thing respond to my actions. This is par­tial­ly self­ish, but I am not doing it for my own sake. Plus it’s always nice to have some­thing to do with your spare time.

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