Break New Ground


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Fascinating that a little game of blog-tag would evolve into the latest Oracle Blogosphere teapot tempest (nicely summarized here by Eddie Awad & commenters). Interestingly, the game has since spilled over into the wider Blogoverse.

Whether a blog-tag = spam is not a topic I would have foreseen in this venue. Just goes to show you that a community has organic attributes - it comprises many mutually balancing interests, such as ego/atruism, privacy/desire to share, and so on. Which is another way of saying: one person's nourishment is another person's poison, and often you don't know which is which until after the fact.

Update: Let me add that I am in the "nourishment" category. The reception the game received is proof enough that most (but not all) would agree; the beauty of a blog is that it can be a vehicle for creative self-expression, in which the reader learns something about the writer - not just dry facts.

Update: EI Dennis Howlett takes notice of this debate in his ZDnet blog.

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Comments ( 4 )
  • Andy C Friday, January 11, 2008
    Normally I despise these 'memes' - mainly because they are called 'memes', I think.
    But this time I took part as it's just a bit of harmless fun not spam. No-one forced me to. I read some of the posts but not all but I did discover some interesting blogs which made it worthwhile for that alone.
    People should try to remember that a community is made up of people, human beings. Sometimes the people are more interesting than brilliantly researched, original, detailed technical whitepapers describing how to install Oracle 11G RAC on Windows, Solaris, AIX, Ubuntu, RedHat and every single esoteric flavour of Linux.
  • Howard Rogers Saturday, January 12, 2008
    Irrelevant, Andy. You're again pushing the tired old line that I want lots of brilliantly researched technical whitepapers rather than posts about wallabies, museums, books, family, hobbies, the Other Half etc., etc. (all of which I have posted in large quantities myself and therefore have absolutely no objection to on the part of others).
    I want all of the above and more: I advised Doug Burns NOT to have split personal/technical blogs, if I remember right, as an example.
    This isn't an argument about content or against the 'human nature' side of blogging. It's about deliberately engineering an exponential flood of posts.
    The dichotomy you seek to portray is a false one, in short.
    Meanwhile, spray painting your local neighbourhood walls with 'tags' is just harmless fun, too, I suppose, at least for those taking part it in. Do you embrace the people that do that kind of thing as warmly as you embrace the people that have metaphorically done the same thing to OraNA?
  • Andy C Tuesday, January 15, 2008
    Your analogy is flawed. Spraying a wall is criminal damage. If your analogy is correct, then simply report the matter to the police.
  • Howard Rogers Tuesday, January 15, 2008
    It's damage, Andy, criminal or otherwise. Blog tagging damaged OraNA's utility for many, not just me. That you would ring the police for the one but engage in the other it instructive, though.
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