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Ben Cotton
Ben Cotton
Personal information
Location: Lafayette, Indiana, USA
Contact information
Ham Radio: kc9fyx​
Twitter: funnelfiasco
Telegram: bcotton
GitHub: funnelfiasco

Fedora-specific information
FAS name: bcotton
Fedora e-mail:
Fedora homepage:
Fedora Badges earned (127)
Involvement Mugshot Bloggin' it! (Planet III) Bloggin' it! (Planet I) Bloggin' it! (Planet II) Tadpole Embryo Working' a Beat (Beat Writer I) Egg Tadpole with Legs Working' a Beat (Beat Writer II) Junior Badger (Badger I) Working' a Beat (Beat Writer IV) Working' a Beat (Beat Writer III) Telegraphist (Upstream Release Monitoring I) Junior Editor If you build it... (Koji Success I) You can call me "Patches" (SCM I) Let Me Introduce Myself Associate Badger (Badger 1.5) Origin White Hat Associate Editor Is this thing on? (Updates-Testing I) Take this and call me in the morning Like a Rock (Updates-Stable I) Bloggin' it! (Planet IV) Novice (Wordsmith I) Bona Fide You can call me "Patches" (SCM II) If you build it... (Koji Success II) Macaron (Cookie I) What goes up... (Koji Failure I) Fedora 25 Change Accepted Froglet LISA16 In Search of the Bull (Tester I) Is this thing on? (Updates-Testing II) You can call me "Patches" (SCM III) Vacation Speak Up! Bob Loblaw (Planet V) Council Member Senior Editor Helping Hand Secretary General Top 500 Let's do lunch! Master Editor Senior Badger (Badger II) Riddle Me This Fedora Podcast Interviewee Flock 2018 Attendee Rollercoaster Restaurant Community Messenger I What goes around comes around (Karma I) Nuancier F30 Crypto Badger CommOps Superstar FOSDEM 2019 Attendee Chocolate Chip (Cookie II) White Rabbit Community Messenger II Chief Editor Common Bugs Contributor Black and White (Cookie III) Community Messenger III It's a Cake Thing I Voted: Fedora 29 Like a Rock (Updates-Stable II) DevConf 2019 Attendee Top 100 Grandmaster Editor Community Messenger IV Community Messenger V Prolific! Flock 2019 Attendee You’re on a boat! Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build I) Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build II) Ohio LinuxFest 2019 Pizzelle (Cookie IV) Perceiving the Bull (Tester III) Discovery of the Footprints (Tester II) Science (Kernel Tester I) Rock the Web! Long Life to Pagure (Pagure I) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure II) I Voted: Fedora 31 It still works! FOSDEM 2020 Attendee Readiness Summer Coder Adult Frog Catching the Bull (Tester IV) I Voted: Fedora 30 Master Badger (Badger III) 2020 Attendee Fedora 32 Change Accepted Extra!  Extra! Clickbait (Fedora Magazine I) Clickbait (Fedora Magazine II) Clickbait (Fedora Magazine III) NeuroFedora SIG Member The Blessing of the FPL Long Life to Pagure (Pagure IV) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure VI) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure V) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure III) Fedora & CentOS Social @ Summit 2020 The Panda Is In Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build III) I Voted: Fedora 32 Fedora Advocate Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build IV) SCaLE 18x Attendee Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build V) nest-attendee-2020 Rainbow (Cookie V) Fedora 33 Change Accepted Taming the Bull (Tester V) Fedora Legal Badge of Doom I converted to btrfs! If you build it... (Koji Success III) Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build VI) iot-name-game Social Panda

Ben Cotton

Greetings from your Fedora Program Manager!

Activities within Fedora

Fedora Program Manager

I started as the Fedora Program Manager in June 2018. I wrangle the changes, manage the schedule, and generally help herd the cats.

Community Blog

I am the editor-in-chief for the Fedora Community Blog.


I make occasional contributions to talking points, etc.


I am an owner or co-owner of

  • condor
  • wordgrinder
  • latex2html

Documentation Project

I was volunteered to be the Docs project leader in November 2011. Mostly my contributions involve administrivia, easy bug fixes, and occasional chapters about printing. I sort of faded away from the docs project when life got in the way.