The pleasure of giving

It’s a yearly tradition now, where I go on about how the best part about being a moderator in Stack Exchange network of sites is when you get to donate to any charity of your choice from the short list.

Nothing has changed. Despite the many awesome things that I get to witness in the community, the one thing that gives me utmost happiness is when I click the ‘Submit’ button to the “Giving Back” Charity form after making my selection. The pleasure, I feel, is more with the person who is giving rather than with the person who is receiving.

And so, this year, I have chosen to donate my share of $100 to Doctors Without Borders (MSF – Médecins Sans Frontières) and feel quite good about doing so. Thank you Stack Exchange for giving me this opportunity.

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My little contribution to Doctors without Borders

It’s always an honour and a privilege to be a moderator in a Stack Exchange site. Every December, the company offers to make a $100 donation to a charity of our choice on the behalf of us moderators. It’s a touching gesture and one that I am proud to be a part of.

Some of you may remember my donation to Wikimedia foundation back in 2013 and I regret to admit that I missed the donation offer email in 2014 amid my inbox flooding. But no such thing shall happen again and I remembered to stay on top of my inbox this time around.

I made up my mind to choose Doctors Without Borders because of their selfless act of service, who don’t mind putting themselves in risky zones just to do what they love doing the most — helping people, regardless of their political stance.

Such compassionate people have to be encouraged and I will use this opportunity to do exactly that. So, thank you selfless doctors of Médecins Sans Frontières for your contributions to the humanity and thank you Stack Exchange for making me feel good about myself.

Read more about Stack Exchange giving back this year.

Giving back 2013

You know what’s the best part of being a moderator on Ask Ubuntu? Not the great informative posts. Not the fun and frolic around the community. And definitely not the many flags. The former two comes very close but don’t quite beat the best.

Every year, Stack Exchange makes it a tradition to donate $100 to charity on behalf of each moderator in the network. Back when I was just merely a contributor to Stack Exchange, I needn’t an invitation to spend my time and energy on the site. Already sold by their policy of making Internet a better place, I was on the site every other day learning new things and teaching others what little I knew.

So, when I first heard about Stack Exchange’s “giving back” program in 2011, I secretly started hoping I became one of the moderators on the network. Stack Exchange’s repeat of the program in 2012 further fueled my desire and I threw my hat up for the business in the next elections in February 2013.

Luckily enough, with the blessings of the awesome community, I became one of the community mods on Ask Ubuntu and I continued my contributions to the site and the community.

Relatively engrossed in my commitments to the community, I had almost forgotten about the Stack Exchange’s program until I happened to receive the pick-your-donation email from Stack Exchange earlier in December 2013.

I joyously made my decision to donate to Wikimedia Foundation. Donating $100 out of my pocket is almost impossible at this point of time for me and I am grateful to Stack Exchange for giving me the opportunity to taste the feel of philanthropist.

Thank you once again Stack Exchange and wishing the readers a happy and prosperous new year 2014.