Do You Have an Opinion on the (fill in the vendor) (fill in the technology) Community?
As part of my day-job existence, I spend time reading blogs related to Microsoft SharePoint. Of the bloggers I recently started following is Robert Bogue, an MVP for Microsoft SharePoint. He has an interesting blog entry today titled "Do You Have an Opinion on the SharePoint Community?"
Here's a snippet from the post that covers his topic:
Despite the inflamitory nature of the titles (and content) let's look to see what Mark has to say this time:
1. These aren't the good ole days
2. Speakers aren't taunted by hecklers
3. People have egos
4. Conference burn out
5. The MVP program is broken.
6. Microsoft should do more for the community
7. SharePoint is different.
Let me try to take these points one-by-one. My apologize for potentially grossly misinterpreting his points.
I'm thinking it would incredibly easy to substitute "Lotus Notes" for "Microsoft SharePoint", and many of the arguments and points would be the exact ones we struggle with.
His post is worth reading if you care about the Notes community and where things are going. For me, it reaffirmed that we aren't that much different than other technology communities, we struggle with the same issues, our "broken issues" are also broken for other vendors and communities, and at the core, it all revolves around people.