System administrators go by many different job titles. Network Admin, Network Engineer, Sysadmin, Computer Technician, etc.
When a campaign requests money from you and asks your title, what do you write?
I propose we all write the same exact thing: "Computer System Administrator"
It matters. It really really matters. Campaigns do data-mining on the various job titles people put. A 10% increase in donations from "doctors" is meaningful. Donations from twice as many [insert job title] than [insert other job title] is meaningful. When we diffuse our political power by dividing our donations between different job titles it hurts our political influence.
I know that in the past I've written everything from 'System Administrator" to "author" to "Software Engineer".
This political season, and from now on, I will always record my title as "Computer System Administrator". It isn't a perfect explanation of what I do, some would say I spend more time writing code that doing real system administration. But I feel that to the people working on political campaigns, who aren't the most technical in the world, the phrase "Computer System Administrator" is clear and concise.
If we all consistently use the same phrase it will have an impact.
In the US the election season is starting to heat up. Yesterday was the last primary. Between now and election day you will undoubtedly receive many MANY many emails asking for money. Whether you agree with my politically or are one of the bad, bad people that disagree (I'm kidding! Really!) let's all agree to do this.
I'm Tom Limoncelli, a computer system administrator, and I vote!