The SharePoint and Lotus communities are much more alike than different...
This morning, I was reading SharePoint Joel's Year End Review - SharePoint in 2009 blog entry. Joel Oleson is probably what Ed Brill would be if he were highly technical (neck deep in code), left IBM, and started his own company doing Notes stuff.
In this entry, Joel talks about the highlights and lowlights of SharePoint, touching on many items that should sound familiar to most of us:
1. SharePoint Conference Explosion
2. Media and Analyst Spotlight
3. Growth of Expertise in the Community
4. Community Stickyness
5. SharePoint User Group Expansion
1. Community Attacks & Blowups
2. ISV Challenges Revenue & Awareness
5. Blogging Challenges
Look at how many have to do with community (the SPVerse? MicroVerse?), and funny how they seem to mirror many of our own triumphs and challenges.
In other words, when you have a number of highly passionate people come together over a technology, perhaps the behaviors we see are to be expected. That'd be an interesting blog post or deeper analysis on its own.
Regardless... Yes, our Lotus community is quite vibrant and is special to all of us. But it's not as unique as we think it is, and that same amount of passion and skill is there on "the dark side" too.
Perhaps the "dark side" is just the bathroom mirror before we turn on the light in the morning...