Wednesday, February 06, 2008

GROUP BY

In a comment on my previous piece Justin K asks "isn't it nice to have choices?". Well it depends. If you don't like carrots then a menu which offers you a choice of carrots or french beans is nice. But choice is one of those weasel words beloved of politicians1. Politicians promise parents the right to choose a school for their children; but what we actually want is just one local school with decent academic standards and no metal detectors at the school gates.

So the multiplicity of Oracle Web2.0 sites is not an automatic good. It will lead to the duplication of effort and a dilution of impact. We went through the same cycle of grief a few years ago with forum sites. On the one hand nobody wants to repeatedly write the same things in several different places. On the other hand people want to participate. And yet if we pour all our efforts into one site and it's not the one everybody else has chosen our endeavours will be wasted. Absence of choice makes life so much easier.

Still, I don't want to be negative about this. So I've set up a group for OTN Forum Regulars on OracleCommunity.net. Perhaps I'll see some of you there.



1. Not that I'm accusing Justin of being a politician or a weasel.

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