A PASSionate Community

Much has been voiced about the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) Nominating Committee’s decision to not put Steve Jones (blog, twitter) on the ballot for this year’s Board of Directors election. I’ve watched this controversy unfold with great interest, biting my tongue to keep from making rash or reactionary comments one way or the other.

I’m currently working on a guest blog post for a series that Kevin Kline (blogtwitter) is starting on the election process. In the coming days my guest post will appear on my site and on Kevin’s blog. I’m hopeful that Kevin’s series will help to provide some good, creative, and perhaps even actionable discussion around the PASS election process.

Edit: This post has been cross-posted to Kevin’s series on the PASS Election Process as well.

In the meantime, there has been one aspect of the brouhaha that I’d like to call attention to that may not be immediately obvious – the passion we all have for the community.

Aw, Come On Man!

It’s been said that the opposite of love is not hate; it’s apathy. Love and hate are strong emotions. If you love someone or something, you do it with a passion. Likewise if you hate something, you have a certain fervor about it. Whether there is love or hate, strong emotions abound and you care deeply about it.

Where there’s apathy, though, there is a lack of caring, a lack of passion or fervor. There’s an emptiness and the once loved/hated object ceases to have relevance in your life. It’s a sad state, apathy.

If nothing else, the latest PASS controversy has proven that people in the community have deep-seated emotions about PASS. It’s shown that PASS is a relevant and important player in the SQL community.

So in that respect, I’m glad that this election debate has stirred emotions and passion in most people in the community. If it hadn’t, I’d have been really worried about PASS and the community as a whole.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Now let’s see if we can turn this into a positive experience that, while difficult to go through, makes PASS and the community a stronger and more vibrant place.

Look for a post with my opinion on the election process soon. After that, I’ll get back to the “So I Got Promoted, Now What?” series.

13 Responses to A PASSionate Community

  1. Janice Lee says:

    Joe, from the perspective of a newbie–that’s actually what impressed me so much about this whole thing. Wrote about it yesterday.


    Good post!

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  3. scarydba says:

    Hey Joe,

    Interesting take. I’m going to disagree with part of it though. Based on a lot of conversations I’ve had with various people, I think you missed where the passion is. I believe (and right there shows how wrong I could be) that the passion you’re seeing is for PASS, it’s for Steve. A very large number of us got our introduction to the community through him, not through PASS. I could be very wrong about that, but I think that’s where a lot of people aren’t quite on the money and why, it seems, so many people are still kind of fuming about it.

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