D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

Community Antipattern - Rock Star

Friday, November 30, 2007 7:06 AM

After my experience at Dev Teach, I've decided to do away with the term "Rock Star" to associate with those that we deem as the top echelon of our industry. When you look at the musical version of Rock Stars, what do you think of?

- Ego driven/Narcisistic
- Expectation of appreciation by fans
- Driven by monetary gain (Why are concerts only in the larger city centers?)
- Assumption of relevence

Rock Stars exist in our industry, make no mistake. At the recent Canadian MVP Summit that us UG leaders were lucky to attend, one stood up saying that he is available for speaking, but that expecting him to JOIN a UG was out of the question. This douche was a perfect example of the Rock Star: I'm good enough to talk to you, but I really don't care about your community...I really don't want to bother impacting your community beyond a speaking engagement.

I had one well known speaker and subject matter expert one time talk about how he doesn't go to any conferences unless he's paid to attend, since his expertise in his chosen area makes him somehow above the common community worker.

Our industry does not need Rock Stars. Our industry does not need pompous, arrogant assclowns that are more concerned with fulfilling their own egos and need for acceptance than in impacting the communities that they're interfacing with. Our industry doesn't need more static in our communications.

Our industry does need relevence. It needs people that are approachable, available, and accessible. It needs people who are willing to interface with the community to help us get better at what we do every day.

Guys like Jeremy Miller, David Laribee, Donald Belcham, Justice Gray, James Kovacs, Bil Simser...these are the guys that we should be modeling ourselves after: guys who are dedicated to challenging our industry to be better than the drag-and-drop world we've evolved into. Industry Champions that transcend boundaries of product, vendor, and ideology.

If you want to be a rock star, start a band; don't try and push yourself into our collective to fulfill your own needs and desires.

D




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# re: Community Antipattern - Rock Star

I agree completely with you on this one. I've never met a more humble and intelligent group of people before -- though I don't know if I'd put Donald or Justice on that list ;) 11/30/2007 12:29 PM | Shane Courtrille

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Yeah good call D'Arcy. The industry can definitely do without "Starchitects".

I think the last few minutes of Justice's presentation summed up nicely what this industry does need.

12/1/2007 5:29 AM | Shaneo

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"Starchitects"...awesome...that's a whole post worth of material on that one!

D 12/1/2007 5:58 AM | D'Arcy from Winnipeg

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How about the term "Code Hero"? It's kind of like a rock star, but with colorful buttons! 12/2/2007 5:57 AM | Chris Eargle

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In my experience community _participation_ is often what has the most value. Most value given _and_ most value received. 12/2/2007 10:12 AM | Jeffrey Palermo

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Amen brother...participaction is what its all about!

D 12/4/2007 9:25 AM | D'Arcy from Winnipeg

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"I think the last few minutes of Justice's presentation summed up nicely what this industry does need."

You mean when he jumped on top of Donald and rode him like a stallion? Yeah, that was all about the glam. 12/13/2007 8:34 AM | Bil Simser

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"You mean when he jumped on top of Donald and rode him like a stallion? Yeah, that was all about the glam"

Well, I didn't want to bring it up as that part of the presentation made me more than a little uncomfortable. What was your take on that?


12/17/2007 2:48 PM | Shaneo

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