Logins at PlanetMySQL? What's going on?

As Ronald Bradford noticed there have been some changes at planetmysql.org today. For one thing, planetmysql.org is now part of the mysql.com family of websites, sure you will still be able to use planetmysql.org, but all now redirect to planet.mysql.com.

PlanetMySQL now takes its place next to the Forge, Forums, Developer Zone and the main MySQL.com web site. You may now move your user account between Forums, DevZone, www.mysql.com  and PlanetMySQL seamlessly. The same login credentials can be used on the Forge.



This may not seem like a gigantic leap, but what it means is that the Planet has finally had a code change underneath to become part of the most recent MySQL.com platform. It means that we are running Zend Framework and the MySQL.com set of objects and code libraries that allow us to extend the Planet's functionalities.

Wait, you ask, there's more changes in the works? Of course!

For now the changes are pretty minor:

- Logins are now available on PlanetMySQL.
- The "Most Active" list is now split between Authors and Team Blogs (employee team blogs are so marked, just like employees before).
- New feed submissions now require a mysql.com account.
- The FAQ has been updated.

I'm hoping these changes will mean more fun to come. Suggestions on how to improve PlanetMySQL are always welcome.

Comments:

Codebase/framework has little to do with the domain, eh...

As I commented on Ronald's blogentry, the reason for having planetmysql.org as it was, was visual independence from MySQL the company. It's not a commercial place, or a place to capture leads. Modifying this fundamentally changes the perception community has of the site and quality of the content - which was as you know already under debate with people disliking the large amount of fluff/marketing posts from various people at Sun.

mysql.org redirects to dev.mysql.com, ideally it should have been on the original domain also but I just couldn't get that one past my marketing boss. Valid business choice, just unfortunate. And I do think dev now contains less community than would otherwise be possible.

So, I think that this does mark a significant change for Planet MySQL, again, and I'm not at all sure it's for the better.

Posted by Arjen Lentz on February 26, 2009 at 11:23 AM EST #

I would beg to differ Arjen. There is no change to make Planet a commercial entity, no one has asked it to be, no more than forge.mysql.COM is a commercial entity and will not be in the future.

Planet is still a community site, if anything by adding more functionality we hope to make it a \*better\* community site. If pure semantics, a name and a label is all that diferentiates Planet MySQL then I am afraid for the future :)

In fact we want to \*grow\* the community. Not just a community of MySQL DBAs or MySQl Super Users, but MySQL Developers, MySQL Newbies, MySQL Customers, folks such as yourself in the MySQL Ecosystem who make a living off MySQL whether you compete with, partner with, rail against, support or drink vodka with us.

We have to do practical and useable things for all users and this one where you can move from any part of the MySQL group of sites, re-using code and framework from a much larger system to enable us to develop faster, I think that's all a practical win. Too bad you seem to disagree with that.

Posted by Duleepa Wijayawardhana on February 26, 2009 at 12:11 PM EST #

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