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A True Sense of Community

We have a thread in our forums that many of the participants refer to as "The THREAD." It's a long running thread that started with a simple question: Are the posted questions getting worse?" What was initially a rant about how many of the volunteers on the site complaining about seeing the same questions over and over has grown into something else. As of the time I'm writing this, the thread has:

  • over 750 pages
  • over 7500 posts
  • over 150,000 views

That's one thread that seems to grow and grow. I've watched it go from rants, to movie reviews, book suggestions, well wishes for fellow posters, and a place to find some humorous posts. Or problem posts that one expert is asking others to take a look at.

I don't often participate, but I keep an eye on it, and it often makes me smile as I read the ongoing discussion that continues on between friends.

The Voice of the DBA

Steve Jones is the editor of SQLServerCentral.com and visits a wide variety of data related topics in his daily editorial. Steve has spent years working as a DBA and general purpose Windows administrator, primarily working with SQL Server since it was ported from Sybase in 1990. You can follow Steve on Twitter at twitter.com/way0utwest


Posted by Tim Mitchell on 21 August 2009

You should consider publishing "The Thread" as an e-book!

Posted by Steve Jones on 21 August 2009

That might be funny!

Posted by Phil Factor on 21 August 2009

How would you cope with asking all of the participants for their permission to use their work in an eBook?

It would be great to do it though. A bit like James Joyce's 'Finnegan's Wake'. --except there would probably be a volume 2!

Posted by Bob Hovious on 21 August 2009

To my knowledge, Joyce knew absolutely nothing about SQL.  

Seriously, Steve.   If you ever wanted to to do an ebook of "Best of SSC" or something, you should have some adhesion contract language in place such that posting an article, or posting to a forum, constitutes permission for you to republish in other forms.  

Posted by Steve Jones on 23 August 2009

We need to look at the terms for forum posting. We have rights to print articles, but not comments, AFAIK.

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