Derek Powazek

Restless entrepreneur, community geek, consultant @FertileMedium, plant nerd @Plantgasm, author of Design for Community, mostly harmless.


How to Write a Personal Story

For Geeks and Other Kinds of Humans


Writing, like life, is personal. Do whatever works for you. But if you need a hand writing a…


The Commenters’ Bill of Rights

If comment systems treated commenters better, their comments would be better.


The Argument Machine

Doctor Discord’s evil plan to make us all fight.


Say you’re a supervillian. Doctor Discord! Your goal is not to take over the world, but just…


The Right Words in the Right Order

Or: I have some awesome job news.


You learn things when you start a company. When I cofounded 8020, I learned to ask the…

Publications edited by Derek Powazek

“Don’t ever tell a story like it wasn’t about you.” – Merrit Malloy … True personal stories. Must have happened to you. Kinda like fray.com. 

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Demons

An advice column for living online.

Stop reblogging yourself!


Photography is an App


The photo above came straight out of my iPhone 5. It has not been post-processed in any way. No external hardware was used. And not to brag, but it was shot with one…


Press the Magic Button

Why you shouldn’t be offended when someone blocks you.


I was walking down Haight Street the other day when it happened again. Some guy…


How to Write a Personal Story

For Geeks and Other Kinds of Humans


Writing, like life, is personal. Do whatever works for you. But if you need a hand writing a…


How To Apologize Online

Hint: Do it like Kickstarter, not Paula Deen.


If you’re human, eventually you’ll have to apologize for something. How you communicate that…


Is it ever okay to photograph someone in order to shame them?


This week, we compare two stories of internet justice to discuss using cameras as weapons, public shaming, and bullying online.

“The Adria Richards/PyCon debacle has left me wondering, is it ever okay to photograph someone in order to shame them?”
– JustWonderin

The Flirty Medium


In this special Valentine’s Day edition, we tackle online flirting from two different perspectives.

How should you react when you suspect the guy you…

Picture Yourself in a Boat on a River


I like to fuck around on the computer. I play pranks on my friends and stuff like that. Am I a troll?
– Anonymous