Don’t be afraid to ask

Everyone has questions. It’s just important to not be afraid to ask and then to know whose advice is worth listening to. Fortunately, I know just the place for you to go with those pesky SQL Server questions. The name says it all: Ask SQL Server Central. I joined the site just over 6 years ago and jumped right in. It follows the typical style of someone asking a question, people submitting answers and/or comments, and people voting up or down if they do or do not like the quality of a question, answer, or comment. I enjoyed it, both as a learning tool and as a way to give back some of what I had learned. I was committed for about a year, but then I just stopped.

For several reasons (or mostly excuses), I didn’t do much there or anywhere else in the SQL Server community for about 4 years until early this year. I’m sure many of you can relate. I had the desire, but once I stopped, it just became “too hard” or “took too much time” for me to get started again. But that finally changed this past January. I had missed the local SQL Saturday event in DC the month before due to vacation, and something just clicked inside. I was disappointed I had missed it, and I had to get back out there in the SQL community. That may sound silly if you don’t know me, but those who do know how much I love learning, teaching, and sharing.

Fast-forward 10 months, and I’m happy and proud to say that I was recently promoted to be a moderator at AskSSC. This is an honor and privilege I do not take lightly. In the past 6 years, over 15,000 questions have been asked for which over 27,000 answers were provided. The site is frequented by such prominent members of the SQL Server community as Grant Fritchey, Kev Riley, Thomas Rushton, Tim Radney, and many others. In fact, we have a lot of people with centuries of combined experience who contribute to the success of AskSSC. So come join us to ask your questions, provide some answers, or maybe do a little bit of both. I hope to see you there.

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