Interview: Wayne Luke (Jelsoft)

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The Sandman

Jan 1, 2004
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Interview: Wayne Luke (Jelsoft)

We recently asked Wayne Luke, vBulletin Sales and Jelsoft Site Coordinator, to answer a few questions in a mini-interview regarding his changes in status within the forum admin communities over the past few years.

Wayne Luke was the community manager of Sitepoint Forums for 3 years expanding the site to become a large pool of resources and knowledge for webmasters. While community manager, he managed a volunteer staff pool of about 40 individuals in order to guide and help the community grow to the state it is today. Additionally, Wayne is a Super Moderator at The Admin Zone.

Can you tell us a bit about your family and home life?

Well, I am married with 3 children. The children are two boys ages 12 and 8 and a girl age 8.We have 3 cats, 2 dogs, 2 aquatic turtles and a bearded dragon. I live in a small semi-rural community about 60 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles in California. We enjoy 320+ days of complete sunshine and are very active around the community. Our area is fairly unique because you can go from desert plateau to forested mountains in 15 minutes. There is winter skiing about 45 minutes away and about 30 lakes within an hours drive. The Pacific Ocean is about 90 minutes away on a leisurely drive so that gives us a lot to do. Lately, we have been working to grow our own food as well in order to get better quality.

Since you've left SitePoint you have taken on a much larger role with Jelsoft. In fact, you are now their Site Coordinator. What do your new responsibilities entail and what plans to you have for improvement and growth?

My new responsibilities are to provide a synergy between the Jelsoft sites, enable the moderators of the three sites to work together and to use this to improve sales for Jelsoft. My goals over the next 6 months are to work with the moderators in order to improve customer relations and the community feel of the sites.

Apart from Jelsoft, what business oriented Communities and/or Websites do you manage?

The only business oriented site that I am running right now is an Online Apothecary and Aromatherapy shop. We sell herbs to people interested in a more natural way of living and improving their overall health instead of relying on chemical medicine. We also sell gourmet teas, divination tools such as Tarot and incense. We will be expanding this summer with a new essential oil line and bach flower remedies. We have plans to unveil an all-natural herbal bath line...
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Mar 22, 2004
Very cool :D

...Wicca instead of much of the inaccurate representations on the Internet and in print.
What is Wicca anyway? Whenever I used to search it, it brang up all this witchcraft stuff -- is that the inaccurate representations you're talking about?

Wayne Luke

Jan 6, 2004
Actually, with Wicca we use Magick as prayer and so therefore it is considered to be Witchcraft by less tolerant religions. We have in turn taken this term as a power word and made it our own. It is more the style of practice that is written about and historical falsehoods that I am more interested in addressing over time.

What it is actually is the worship of a Divine Creatress or Goddess and her Consort, the God. From them all life sprang or was created to live in balance and harmony. Unfortunately, given the current state of the planet, we haven't done that very well. The path or tradition (similar to Christian Demoninations) that I follow was codified in the 1960's but it strives to bring back a more traditional form of worship close to what was practiced in Britain before Christianity.

In our religion we do not believe that a priest or priestess needs to connect the people to the divine or that the divine lives in some ethereal place. We believe the spark of divinity is within every living thing including plants and animals and that all life is sacred. It should only be taken for sustenance or self-defense. In our religion because of this divine spark, each person is their own priest or priestess. My wife's and my roles within our group is as teachers and counselors for those just joining the path or as we call them Seekers. From there they undergo a series of lessons to connect to the Goddess and God on their own. When they reach a sufficient level of knowledge to do this on their own, they go out and teach others. However, we don't seek students ourselves as that is forbidden. The students seek us out.

Many call Wicca an Initiatory Mystery Religion. This simply means that in order to learn the religion you have to experience it. I first learned about the religion when I was 16 (17 years ago) and read a little on it. I have been studying in earnest since late 1999 and my wife started studying in 1997. We started our group last year under guidance of our initiators or teachers and moved fully unto our own this year at Imbolc (February 2nd).

The religion of Wicca celebrates 8 sabbats or holidays every year. These are the solstices and equinoxes and the days immediately between them. These holidays follow the cycle of the world from Autumn through Summer to repeat again.

Anyway, if you want to learn more please check out the link in my signature and we will answer any questions. My username on there is Nuada Stormbringer and My Wife's is Setanta.


Dance Maniac
Jan 31, 2004
Great interview Wayne, I really enjoyed the questions and answers given in this. I did have a Wiccan girlfriend sometime in the past, and I have to say that if I had more time at the time, I would have learned more about the religion.

I wish you the best on the festival and the best on your e-book as well, I'd like to get a hold of it once it is finished. You're doing an awesome job over at Jelsoft and here's to more quarters of success for you and the team. ^_^