I wasn't really sure how I was going to start this blog out. I've been banging around some ideas in my head on posting entries about what I'm reading, life lessons applied to database administration, and opinionated best practices. While I will certainly post entries on those topics (and many others), a recent event prompted me to kick this monster off.
I regularly post answers to questions in the forums on DBASupport.com. I believe one of the ways to become a better DBA is to try to solve problems encountered in everyday situations. By exposing yourself to other peoples problems, you gain diagnostic skills you might need in your own environment. In addition, you might just learn something in the process.
Some of my contemporaries have had issues posting on Burleson Consulting's Forums. I've met DB at the NC Oracle User’s Group a few years back and thought he was a reasonable fellow. Surely, I thought my contemporaries were exaggerating the owner's heavy handed administration of the forums. So I joined on and started answering questions. Later that day I got a personal email from DB. I answered a few dozen questions and thought I abided by all the forum guidelines. I thought I answered questions fairly.
Then I disagreed with DB and was promptly banned.
So here I am, the latest member of the BBB Club. Does that put me in the same leauge as Tom Kyte? Hardly. Will I continue to answer your questions at DBASupport.com? Absolutely.