The Newsvine Team is thrilled to award a Random Act of Vineness to Ben Josephs for his unparalleled administration of Newsvine Photographers. This is, in our opinion, one of the best run groups on Newsvine (at least, according to one particular staff member who may or may not have threatened to never delete another spammer again unless we recognized Ben for his efforts).
Newsvine Photographers hosts what easily is the longest-running group-participation series on Newsvine, ever, with Foto-Friday, as well as putting forth monthly challenges. Ben maintains the group actively--keeps it on topic, gently and respectfully reminds users who violate the group rules and policies, takes the time to send warning emails to users who have violated the rules, and removes them if they continue to ignore the policies.
The group is easily the most well-maintained and focused group on Newsvine, and the high level of, and long-running participation by, so many Newsviners is due to Ben's time and attention and encouragement. Members of the group encourage and offer advice to each other. It's rather awesome.
The Newsvine Blog looks forward to spending a couple of hours on Friday evenings with a cocktail, perusing the photographic offerings of Newsviners participating in Foto-Friday. In fact, this may very well be the highlight of the Newsvine Blog's week.
Please join us in congratulating Ben, and to thank him for his diligence and persistence.