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SSC, more than a Forum, it is a Community

I recently posted a poll on SQLServerCentral.com asking what sites people tended to frequent.  So far, there haven't been a whole lot of votes, but those who have, have been unanimous in using SQLServerCentral.com and have indicated that there are a few other sites they may be visited occasionally.  What was interesting was one of the questions asked by one of the respondents.  Apparently, he thought I may have been considering leaving SSC.  Well, I posted my reply, but I thought about it some more and thought that this was something worth talking about a little more.

I have been working with SQL Server since 1997 when I started with SQL Server 6.5.  I have worked with every version since then with the exception, for the moment, of SQL Server 2008.  After a few few years I thought I was pretty good with SQL Server, but after becoming actively involved with SSC in 2005, I had joined earlier but was nothing more than lurker then, I had found that I had barely scratched the surface of SQL Server.  In the past four years I have learned more than I did in the my first eight years with product.

I have also found SSC to be more than just a SQL Server Forum, it is a true SQL Server Community.  It is committed to the professional development of its members.  It does not tolerate unprofessional behavior from the community.  But it goes far beyond that.  The more knowledgeable of the community actually become mentors to those that accept such guidance.  There is a genuine desire to help each other both professionally and personally.

We have had our share of flame wars over certain aspects of SQL Server, but they are few and generally kept professional in nature.  I have even read complaints in a few threads about how we tend to go off topic and discuss things like soccer (football outside the US), martial arts, ancient and medieval weapons, the weather, and who knows what else, but it is just those things that make SSC a community instead of just a forum.  There are many times I could hear the theme song from Cheers (... where everyone knows your name ...) as I would read some of the threads, especially our water cooler thread.

Anyone who has spent time on SSC can probably see and feel the sense of community that exists, and hopefully it is that sense of community that keeps people coming back.

I'll end on this note, there are many regulars on SSC that I may never meet but would welcome the opportunity if it were presented.  I count these people as friends and mentors for they have taught me more the just about SQL Server, but what it means to be part of a larger community.


To Community!!


Posted by Jeffrey Yao on 8 June 2009

When one becomes more mature and more knowledgeable, one will feel more humble in saying what he/she knows. With this said, Lynn, I believe you are already an excellent DBA.

Posted by wnylibrarian on 8 June 2009

I am not a DBA. However, I am forced in my job to have a strong grip on DBA duties and many times have to become a pseudo DBA. When my office became involved with SQL Server I started searching around on and off-line for background information so that I had a solid foundation (at that time it was SQL Server 2000). That is when I discovered SSC, and it has been an invaluable resource to me. I learn new things all the time. I partake in the “question of the day” and although I’m hardly “certifiable” I like to think I hold up pretty well for someone who’s not a DBA. I totally agree with your comment of, “desire to help each other both professionally and personally.” I cannot express how thankful I am that such a professional community exists.

Posted by Steve Jones on 8 June 2009

Thanks, Lynn. Glad you see this as a community. I think that's one of the strengths, and I try to steward it as best I can.

Posted by David Burrows on 17 June 2009

I'll second your thanks to Lynn, Steve. Also I think you deserve a big thank you as well for a sterling job. I'm happy and fortunate to be able to play a (minor) part in this great community :)

Posted by Roy Ernest on 17 June 2009

Hey Lynn, Where did you have the Poll? I havent been that active the last three weeks due to work load.

I have tried MSDN forums, But never liked it or felt comfortable there. I have been hanging around here in SSC now regularly.

Posted by GSquared on 18 June 2009

The community is half the reason I spend far too much time on this site. :)

Posted by crookj on 18 June 2009

Ditto to what GSquared said. You can post here and expect a good, helpful, and professional response instead of insults, arguments, and cutdowns that occur on many of the other sites.


Posted by Brad M. McGehee on 29 July 2009

I agree with you 100%. Thanks for your valuable contributions to the SSC community.

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