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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:
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Fedora Badges earned (109)
Involvement Mugshot Bloggin' it! (Planet III) Bloggin' it! (Planet I) Bloggin' it! (Planet II) Embryo Tadpole Egg Working' a Beat (Beat Writer I) Junior Badger (Badger I) Working' a Beat (Beat Writer IV) Working' a Beat (Beat Writer III) Working' a Beat (Beat Writer II) Tadpole with Legs Junior Editor Let Me Introduce Myself You can call me "Patches" (SCM I) Telegraphist (Upstream Release Monitoring I) If you build it... (Koji Success I) Associate Badger (Badger 1.5) Is this thing on? (Updates-Testing I) White Hat Take this and call me in the morning Like a Rock (Updates-Stable I) Associate Editor Origin Novice (Wordsmith I) Bloggin' it! (Planet IV) Macaron (Cookie I) You can call me "Patches" (SCM II) If you build it... (Koji Success II) Bona Fide What goes up... (Koji Failure I) Froglet Fedora 25 Change Accepted LISA16 In Search of the Bull (Tester I) You can call me "Patches" (SCM III) Is this thing on? (Updates-Testing II) Bob Loblaw (Planet V) Speak Up! Vacation Council Member Riddle Me This Senior Editor Secretary General Top 500 Let's do lunch! Master Editor Helping Hand Senior Badger (Badger II) Flock 2018 Attendee Community Messenger I Rollercoaster Restaurant Fedora Podcast Interviewee What goes around comes around (Karma I) Chocolate Chip (Cookie II) White Rabbit Crypto Badger Community Messenger II CommOps Superstar 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 FOSDEM 2019 Attendee Nuancier F30 Grandmaster Editor Community Messenger IV Community Messenger V Prolific! Flock 2019 Attendee You’re on a boat! Top 100 Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build I) Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build II) Ohio LinuxFest 2019 Rock the Web! Long Life to Pagure (Pagure I) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure II) I Voted: Fedora 31 Perceiving the Bull (Tester III) Discovery of the Footprints (Tester II) It still works! FOSDEM 2020 Attendee Readiness Science (Kernel Tester I) Pizzelle (Cookie IV) Adult Frog Catching the Bull (Tester IV) Summer Coder I Voted: Fedora 30 Extra!  Extra! Clickbait (Fedora Magazine I) Clickbait (Fedora Magazine II) Clickbait (Fedora Magazine III) 2020 Attendee Fedora 32 Change Accepted Master Badger (Badger III) The Blessing of the FPL Long Life to Pagure (Pagure VI) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure V) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure III) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure IV) SCaLE 18x Attendee

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.