The sadly unfortunate and untimely death of one of our own has me waxing philosophically about our “community”.
Those of us who blog about Oracle (or even just blog in general) form a loosely-coupled community of like-minded individuals, i.e. we don’t agree on everything, but we can all agree that blogging is important.
I’m not entirely sure, since we sometimes violently disagree about technical minutia and blogging etiquette and just about everything.
Still, it seems all those beefs are put aside when one of ours is negatively affected; nobody circles the wagons like bloggers. Reminds me of an old Western posse, a willing one anyway.
I guess this is a form of a self-policing community, or is it possible that we all mutually respect each other?
This behavior speaks volumes for the power of an online community. We meet rarely IRL, so the strength of our community relies entirely on interactions through the ‘tubes.
Your thoughts welcome as always.