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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.

SQLSaturday Site Wish List

Overall I find the site to be useful and responsive, but sometimes I see small things that I wish were different, or wish were there, so I’m sharing the ones I’ve noticed lately – maybe they’ll make it on to the backlog!

  • Schedule Page. Before the ‘real’ schedule is built this displays a list of all the submitted sessions. I’d like to see icons/links for Twitter/Linked here. This is the page I mean.
  • Session Detail Page. I had a couple speakers for Orlando that had a missing or incomplete URL for LinkedIn. This might be old data being resubmitted, or just not good enough validation when it’s originally submitted.
  • Session Detail Page Again. Not everyone has a Gravatar image. I used Gravator back when I built that part because it was easy and LinkedIn image retrieval seemed hard, but LinkedIn is probably the better source.
  • Real blog for events. I’m posting the speaker announcements to my blog and that’s ok, but I’d rather see it on an event blog (probably a SQLSaturday blog with posts tagged to events). We have a not very baked ‘news’ capability, but it’s rarely if ever used. Give us a real blog so we can use LiveWriter and theme it to match the main site.
  • Scheduled Speaker Selection Announcements. Possibly this falls into the lazy category, but it would be nice to edit the list of submitted speakers to set a ‘release date’ and have the site generate the announcement/blog post and send it out to attendees (and post to the blog and from there to Twitter). This could have their bio, picture, maybe other stuff from their profile.
  • On the admin site when I view the session list, I can’t see the speaker email – that would sometimes be useful!
  • Require/automate creating the event on LinkedIn. It’s more one place to market.
  • For LinkedIn events the standard event logo gets distorted,would be nice to have one that looks good!
  • It would also be nice (maybe I’m missing it if already there) to manage speaker status separate from session status. For #151 I pasted into a spreadsheet so I could manage the date blogged,notified, and confirmed.
  • Location page. More info. List relevant airports and distance to the event, notes on any public transit and if it makes sense (in Orlando its an option, but it’s a lonnnng ride). Live link to the hotel site.
  • Event Map. I’d like to see the room layout and a detail of how to get to the exact building, even if hand drawn.


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