I have been having this strange feeling lately. It’s a mixture of being flabbergasted, frustrated, and, since I don’t know any other appropriate words starting with an F (due my limited grammar skills), depressed, outrageous, etc. What’s causing this? After rumination I found the reason and I want to share it once more. This time, I will skip all diplomacy, knowing that I will tread on several toes, yes even run the risk of losing some friendships. I guess that’s the price I need to pay, don’t you agree?
All of this can be traced back to the “If you have nothing to say – just shut up” by Valery and the forum SCN Support by Blag. I hasten to add that I have nothing against the authors, in the contrary. They pinpoint, rightfully enough, for the X-th time that things are going wrong. I applaud this, it can’t be done enough. Surprisingly enough, both posts are getting – relatively spoken – a lot of response. That didn’t happen a lot in the past (I’m sure someone will find the exception to prove the contrary) so that should be seen as positive. Should, because I’m not so sure about that. Suddenly, everybody has to have their say on things, whether or not one can make head or tail of their comments. It seems that some people don’t even take the time to properly read the initial posts and comments. Some insist on ventilating their own (half) truth, yes even bashing on (insults and accusations in web log Before BI there was AI: will Enterprise SOA bring it back? are getting to be the norm these days) about things/people, which is just the thing which the authors were complaining about. It seemed to resemble the trend of the media standing at an event who – since everything has already been said – having nothing new to report. But they wrap things up in order to disguise this fact. When the soap bubble bursts, you’re left with nothing.
Is the same happening over here? Will the SDN community ‘behave’ from now on? I don’t think so. The best proof is the existence of the Grumpy blogs for over > 1 year now, trying to denounce misbehaviour. I don’t expect people to listen to me, that would be giving myself far too much credit. All I want to say is that things have been happening over a long period now that the community just turns a blind eye to. I picked out 3 examples from the many and wrapped things up in a metaphor, which some of you will probably find ridiculous.
Example 1: The chicken and the egg, but then 100% recycled.
Once I wrote a web blog on Chicken Run. Less than a half year later, somebody wrote a blog indicating that Yet another Firefox Search Plugin, claiming to have been inspired by the web log Extending Firefox & IE to ease SAP sites search. When I pointed out that it had already been covered in other scribblings, including others than those that I described above, the reaction was that value was added by indicating that there is a difference between brown and white eggs. On top of that, somebody else SAP Firefox 2 Plugins another six months later that the new chicken don’t lay eggs anymore and that he has fixed it, without mentioning the new breathing The beloved in sweet harmony.
Example 2: In the country of the blind, the one-eyed blogger is king
About a month ago somebody wrote a web log, letting all of us know that Using External Operating System Commands, which of course is only half the truth. Strangely enough, people reacted very positively as if they’d seen the revelation of the year, even if I indicated that there are more types of pigs than the domestic one. Any encyclopaedia on or offline would reveal this. One only needs to make the effort to look into it. I guess that the picture of Miss Piggy blinded them.
Example 3: When one see the mote in one’s brother’s eye but don’t see the beam in one’s own
Around the same period, somebody asked how to milk cows in the forum where people ask questions about goats. When I tried to pinpoint the wrong post AND also refer the post to the info for milking cows, I got blamed for doing this. The question wasn’t wrong, the answer was wrong. I admit that I didn’t butter the poster up, but how many traffic signs does one need to prevent people driving against the traffic. If one persists, only nails will (hopefully) stop them.
You might soliloquize that the Grumpy is jealous of the posters mentioned above and embittered that his web logs / spleens (cross out what’s not appropriate according to you) are to no avail. I suppose you could take it like that. All I know is that I’ve failed to understand the S(D)N community and go against the – in my eyes wrong – current.
I therefore think that it’s time for me – as Grumpy old man – to pull back and reflect on things. I won’t have the spare time for a while anyway since I will soon be having major surgery – WARNING, this is the rant part of the Grumpy – where the lower half of my skull needs to be reconstructed. In contrast to the last From the Grumpy Old Man: I’m not an addict, I won’t be thinking up new stories to tell. I will have better things to do.