SQL Clone
SQLServerCentral is supported by Redgate
Log in  ::  Register  ::  Not logged in

The Ebb and Flow of Community

By Phil Factor,

I was pondering SQL Server Central’s growth in membership over the last year. The silent majority seem to be interested in the posting of a small minority. Steve reckons 20,000 posters out of 925,559 members. Until recently, I was a long-standing silent member. That didn’t mean I didn’t get value from the community: quite the reverse; I loved reading the questions and answers, even when, just occasionally, the questions were silly or the answers wrong. I still enjoy it, as I always learn things and I love the chatter; like wandering around a crowded street-market. When one can never talk directly to another database professional in the workplace, it is a good second-best to read it on SQl Server Central. Unlike the other sites, SQL Server Central has always cherished its egalitarianism. It isn’t them (the experts) versus us (the proletariat). On this site we can all join in, if we want, or hang about like wallflowers at a dance content merely to soak in the atmosphere, just nodding in time to the music.

To give an example, It is soothing, after a tiresome meeting with Application Developers who are not only arguing for direct table access to what they dismissively term a ‘Data Repository’, but are keen to lecture you on how ‘expensive’ joins are, to find other Database Developers and DBAs sharing the pain of similar ‘impedance mismatches’. One might occasionally post a ‘I feel your pain’ message, but for most of us, it is enough to bring a spring back to our step just to know that we’re not alone.

I therefore am not concerned that the proportion of ‘active’ members of the community is so low. The rest of us drift in and out of participation, happy to be readers, but seldom writers. It is all part of the way that real communities work.

Phil Factor

The Voice of the DBA Podcasts

Everyday Jones

The podcast feeds are now available at sqlservercentral.mevio.com to get better bandwidth and maybe a little more exposure :). Comments are definitely appreciated and wanted, and you can get feeds from there.

Overall RSS Feed: or now on iTunes!

Today's podcast features music by Everyday Jones. No relation, but I stumbled on to them and really like the music. Support this great duo at www.everydayjones.com.

I really appreciate and value feedback on the podcasts. Let us know what you like, don't like, or even send in ideas for the show. If you'd like to comment, post something here. The boss will be sure to read it.

Total article views: 95 | Views in the last 30 days: 1
Related Articles


If you’re already a MidnightDBA Groupie, then you’ve probably already heard about my fabulous inspir...


Podcast Announcements

Podcast Feeds



A new video setup is on the way!!!! Actually I'll do a couple podcasts on podcasting over the hol...



I'm working on getting a small studio set up for some podcasting of the editorials. That means I put...


Powerscripting Podcast 2

I was interviewed by Jon (@JonWaltz) and Hal (@Halr9000) in episode 106 of the PowerScripting Podcas...