March 4, 2011
There are lots of cool resources out there in the world of system administration. Aside from sites like ServerFault and The SysAdmin Network, there are IRC channels out the wazoo. There's also the #sysadmin hash tag on twitter, but that's more for passing thoughts than actual documentation.
I hang out a decent amount on the /r/sysadmin subreddit, and over there, we see a lot of questions along the lines of, "I'm a new sysadmin, and I have no idea what I'm doing. Help!".
There has been some thought of building a sysadmin wiki. I know of a few people who have started, and I installed wiki software on my server for the purpose, too, but I never did anything with it. Redditor Alexinslc also discussed starting a sysadmin wiki, but unlike the other efforts I am aware of, he started it, and openly advertised it.
The SysAdmin Wiki is available at http://www.sysadminpedia.com/.
Sure, as of when I write this, it's a shell, devoid of any content, but by the time you read it, there may be something. Who knows, maybe there's some content you'd like to create? You think the layout could use help, or the visual style is lacking? There's no entry on 'grep' or centralized log management? What do I do? I can create the content! So can you!
Check out the site, see what needs done, and begin to use it as a resource. As the community of sysadmins who contribute to it solidifies, it will begin to take form, and by getting in now, you can help mold it the way you think it should go. I know we can use your help, and I say we, because I want to take part in it, too.