BOTW: Who ARE These Guys? (1)

A Look at One of the BOTW “Hired Guns”

There’s been a little talk among directory insiders about those that “sold out” to get a paycheck for editing on the BOTW directory. As we watch 24/7 coverage of the effects of hurricane Gustav, it seems appropriate to point out the example set by one of the members that apparently fit that description.

One individual we’ve been glad to welcome to our crew is Brad Banner. Brad is a former Dmoz Admin… and currently one of the guys we heavily rely upon for the wealth of knowledge he brings to the table. I had the opportunity to “meet” Brad almost a decade ago when we were both relative newbies editing a directory back in ’99. In subsequent years the privilege of meeting him personally came up a few times, and it was my privilege to take advantage of all of ‘em.

Brad is one of those people that was frequently responsible for building things but seldom took credit for it. Fortunately for all, his contributions were rightfully recognized by those in higher circles, and he was rewarded with increasing levels of responsibility. That was probably more fortunate for us than for him. He had more important things to deal with… not the least his own veterinary practice AND the issues of being a single dad. Still we were always happy to have his easygoing but knowledgeable input.

But Frankly He’s Been Shirking Lately…(?!)
Lately his input at BOTW has been limited, as he has been busy elsewhere. Notably he’s been working on and martialing input for the Gustav Wiki. That site helps match those in need due to the current crisis with those who can help.

Heroes for Loan: Inquire Here
There just isn’t enough to say about guys that drop everything that makes them money to volunteer on behalf of those in need. He doesn’t consider himself a hero… but if you don’t already have one of your own… let me recommend one of mine.

Thanks for all you do Brad. Your work here is appreciated… and we’re glad to share you with the rest of the world as needed. Thanks.

Regards ~ Robjones


6 Responses to “BOTW: Who ARE These Guys? (1)”

  1. Greg says:

    Nice work on the wiki Brad. With other storms on the way, are there additional wikis planned?

  2. Brad says:

    Thank you for your kind words, Rob. They really do mean a lot.

    Greg, yes, the wiki has morphed and is now called the Hurricane Information Center Wiki ( url is the same for now). One of the people responsible for it set up a social networking site at to co-ordinate efforts and do things that can’t be done on a wiki. That site has been repurposed and renamed the The Hurricane Information Center and will have a new url of propagated very soon.

  3. Rob Jones says:

    Expanding the scope sounds like a good move… looks like this hurricane season is gonna be “eventful” to say the least.

    From what Brad’s said elsewhere they can still use some volunteers to work on that wiki if anyone reading this is looking for a worthwhile project.

  4. charles says:

    Good for BOTW that they have a new crew like Brad Banner.

  5. Christian says:

    Always great to read about the crew at BOTW, you guys are one of our favorite directories!

  6. Simon Tate says:

    Volunteering for something is always commendable and it good when it is also appreciated. Keep up the good work which I think everyone benefits from.