Opt-In is now closed. Thanks everyone, We will let the lucky 40 sysadmins know shortly


I'm very happy this has gone over so well, with 50 people opting in. If you didn't get a membership this time keep contributing as this won't be the last time or way we give back to the people that make this (and all Stack Exchange sites) so great!


We are sponsoring 40 of our top users with memberships to LOPSA. If you are not already a LOPSA member and are interested in a membership, please answer this question. Voting doesn’t matter, but if you want to say something about why you are interested in this membership, please feel free.

We will keep this question open for a week. At the end of the week, we will sort the users who answered this question by rep earned this calender year and take the top 40. We will then take the emails associated with your account and pass them on to LOPSA (So make sure you have an accurate email in your profile).

For more information about LOPSA and why we are doing this, see this blog post.

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locked by Zypher May 29 '11 at 21:31

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I don't rank high enough to qualify anyway but seeing as I've already dropped my membership to SAGE-AU due to its total ineffectiveness I can't see how a LOPSA membership could be of benefit to anyone over here. –  John Gardeniers May 25 '11 at 21:40

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Is it only for U.S residents (the examples in the post only mention U.S locations)? If not, I'm interested.

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Hi @Raphink, good question. They currently have about 50 non-US members. There are some non-US chapters listed in lopsa.org/localprogram . So you don't have to be in the US, in fact starting a chapter in France would be awesome ;-) ! –  Kyle Brandt May 25 '11 at 20:18

For you non-US folks, LOPSA has a strong online virtual community; there is much more to LOPSA than the locals. The locals are a great place to meet your fellow sysadmins in person, but you can also meet them online in #lopsa on Freenode (irc.lopsa.org).

And... you might even discover (online) that there are enough sysadmins near you to start your own LOPSA local!

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For everyone who is asking questions here about LOPSA, you'll find (most) answers at the main LOPSA site, LOPSA.org.

To recap:

  1. International - small but growing contingent outside the US
  2. Online community (mailing lists (https://lopsa.org/mailinglists), IRC (https://lopsa.org/irc), personal blogs at LOPSA.org (https://lopsa.org/blog)
  3. RSS feed of over 40 LOPSA member blogs, most focused on sysadmin
  4. If you want to find or help form a local chapter, contact LOPSA Board (https://lopsa.org/localprogram)
  5. Open to all "administrators": all OSes, DBs, storage, network, security, web, etc.

For LOPSA members, remember that voting for the Board begins NEXT WEEK!

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I'd love a free membership. Yay!

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Yes please. I don't really have much to say, but I'm always looking for ways to become better...

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I've been meaning to join LOPSA for a while - this is a good excuse to force myself to do it :)

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Throwing my hat in to the ring, count me in on this one.

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I'd love a membership. Thanks Kyle, this is a great idea.

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I'd be interested in a membership. Thank you.

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I'd like to throw my Windows NT server into the mix. ;)

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...wouldn't you prefer to throw it into the FIRE? :-p –  Massimo May 25 '11 at 23:58

Chalk me up; looked into this a while ago.

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Sounds cool. I'd be interested.

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I'm in for this, please please please. And I'm in Boston on the Orange Line, so the Back Bay is remarkably convenient for me.

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June 8th @MIT is the next talk, hope to see you there :-) bblisa.org –  Kyle Brandt May 25 '11 at 21:45

I'd be interested in joining. Canada ho!

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I'd love a membership! Yeeeeeeeaaaawweeeee!

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I am interested in joining.. Not sure I'll make the cut since i'm not an active suer

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If this helps me learn and get exposed to more - count me in

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I would (also) love a membership. I'm from Belgium but I don't think that should be a problem :).

Thanks!

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Count me also in for the membership

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I'm interested in membership too. Although my local (European) chapter in Dublin doesn't seem very active.

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I'd be happy to join the community.

Though there appear to be not affiliate groups close by (York, UK - Ireland is closest but that is a fair journey from here by rail) and I'm not in possession of enough time to set one up so I'd be happy for others who could contribute more actively to be considered far ahead of me.

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Curious what the community is like for LOPSA? Is it mostly mail lists, or....? What's all involved?

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If they have educational posters I'm sold :-) –  Bart Silverstrim May 26 '11 at 1:02

I'm interested. Thanks for pulling this together for us.

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Looks like I'm #122 for the calendar year, but who am I to say that all 121 of my superiors will be interested? I'll throw my name into the ring.

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Interested if I still qualify.

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yes please, i'd like to get in.

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I'm interested! Here in Buenos Aires we don't really have a very active Sysadmin community, so I was looking forward to something like this.

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Sounds interesting and I'd fit the criteria... but I don't really know how useful could it be from Italy.

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I'd love join. Please count me in.

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I would be interested if I am eligible.

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