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How to Participate in the SQL Community – Draft #1

I mentioned last year about my plans to write this, and to make it a semi-collaborative effort by incorporating comments back into the finished product (if I like them that is!). I thought I’d start by outlining what I have in mind, and then I’m going to try to post more on this project about once a week.

For each of these I want to add detail, maybe it’s a paragraph, maybe several pages, that I can to someone at any point in their career and have it be a map on where to go next as far as community involvement

How to Participate in the SQL Community

  1. What is the SQL Server community?
  2. Reading and attending is participating
  3. Commenting and asking questions is participating more
  4. Answering questions in forums/etc
  5. Posting a question
  6. Writing an article and answering comments…is participating more
  7. Blogging
  8. Twitter
  9. Attending user group meetings
  10. Volunteering at user group meetings
  11. Speaking at user group meetings
  12. Attending community events
  13. Volunteering at community events
  14. Speaking at community events
  15. PASS Summit
  16. Writing a magazine article
  17. Tech editing article/book
  18. Writing a book
  19. PASS
  20. LinkedIn
  21. List of web sites, newsletters, resources

Thought it might also be interesting to profile a few people that are prominent now, and to see if the topics cover how they made it to prominence.

Post your thoughts, and then I’ll see about doing some work!


I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.


Posted by Jason Brimhall on 27 January 2010

I think you have a good list / outline.  One of my first blogs was about Participation, and thus has my comments in it.  It was an important topic - and not quite as in-depth as what you have.


Posted by Alvin Ramard on 27 January 2010

As a PASS Chapter Leader, I'm very much interested in seeing the finished product.

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