I'm In Charge of Books Online

  • Steve Jones - SSC Editor

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    Comments posted to this topic are about the item I'm In Charge of Books Online

  • HappyGeek

    SSCoach

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    Congrats on the post! Perhaps some of the bloopers peopleole have complained about on here may now get sorted...

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  • Thom A

    SSC Guru

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    Think this is actually a great move by Microsoft to get people, like MVPs, to be able to help out with the contributions on BOL. I've made a few myself and the process can be slow, sometimes taking a month or so before things are signed off for even simple changes. Allowing people, like yourself, to sign off these changes will hopefully streamline the process.

    I've found that the documents have been really useful of late, with the constant feed of improvements from the community, and think that moving it to be able to be community supported was a good idea; due to the wealth of knowledge that users have and the passion they share for SQL Server. This is just another way those users can contribute, along with sites like this, and share that wealth of knowledge with others; and enabling them to do so in a timely manner means that they are more likely to continue to do so.

    Thom~

    Excuse my typos and sometimes awful grammar. My fingers work faster than my brain does.

  • jonathan.crawford

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    Damn it Steve, got me!

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  • Jeff Moden

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    From the article:


    Don’t believe much of what you read today. Keep your head down and focus on code that you know is true.

    Great prank, Steve.  To the above and even before the internet was invented, my Dad gave me a warning that holds especially true today...

    "Half of all that is written is wrong and the other half is written in such a fashion that you can't tell."


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  • Thom A

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    Jeff Moden wrote:

    From the article:

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    Don’t believe much of what you read today. Keep your head down and focus on code that you know is true.

    Great prank, Steve. To the above and even before the internet was invented, my Dad gave me a warning that holds especially true today… “Half of all that is written is wrong and the other half is written in such a fashion that you can’t tell.”

    I didn't even notice this was an April fools, what i got for enjoying the main part of the article and skipping the very end... /facepalm My points stand though, I actually think that Microsoft doing something like this would be great for the Github project.

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    Thom~

    Excuse my typos and sometimes awful grammar. My fingers work faster than my brain does.

  • Eric M Russell

    SSC Guru

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    I was already disoriented by the new website layout and now this! Perhaps this your way of hinting to Microsoft that you'd actually like to take on the job of maintaining Books Online.

    "Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Instead, seek what they sought." - Matsuo Basho

  • john.deprato

    Old Hand

    Points: 359

    Is it really books online anymore? I thought it was just called Docs now? Maybe that was the big giveaway for me that something was fishy lol...you almost had me with the v-badge comment as that's how contractors are handled. You getting the orange badge 😀

  • Steve Jones - SSC Editor

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    A good joke, at least, I thought it was.

     

    No, they're not giving permissions, but I do think that they approve and more quickly look through those submissions from MVPs and others that have a track record of trying to improve the docs.

    I wouldn't want the responsibility, either. This needs to have trusted individuals working in approvals that have a job on the line and pay better attention to submissions.

     

  • Ken Hiatt

    SSC-Addicted

    Points: 427

    It sounded really cool, and I agree that it is a really good idea, though I was surprised you would have time to deal with it.

    Was it also part of the April Fools joke that all of the links related to this editorial in the daily email took me to the Oops page?

  • Eric M Russell

    SSC Guru

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    One advantage a MVP / Blogger would have in owning Books Online is that they would always be officially right.

    "Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Instead, seek what they sought." - Matsuo Basho

  • David.Poole

    SSC Guru

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    Great Steve. I'll file this next to your previous best April Fool. SQL Server being available on Linux

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