I think short term that might be amusing to some but long term it would be damaging overall. I think people should feel free to question authority, to ask why, to say “no, I don’t agree” and the threat of being on the “wall of shame” page or something like that would make people hesitate. I don’t ever want anyone to be afraid to ask a question, and having a page about questions that are ‘funny’ would be setting a dangerous precedent.
I get lots of questions, you only see about one third of them. Today, right now there are 9,149 questions answered and published and 17,873 questions that were answered but not published on asktom. In that 17,873 I’m sure there are some (I know) that those of us with years of Oracle experience would look at and say “wow, can you believe that”. But that is the point – for people to have a place where they can ask those sort of things, to get jump started. To get pointed to the right place. I do not want people to be in fear of showing up on the funny pages. I think it would send the wrong message.
So, while putting together a page of funny questions would be rather easy, it would go against what I’m trying to do with the Q&A stuff. I remember some of the questions and misconceptions I had about databases and how they should or did work. I remember when I thought DeCorte was a SQL keyword (see, now that would make a funny entry on a page of funny questions — “remember the guy who thought the DBA’s name was a keyword! Wasn’t he silly!”).
So, I’ll stick to pointing out ‘instant message’ speak – but leaving judgement as to what is a “funny or strange” question out of the picture. Unless I get another one like yesterdays, which was funny as in “made me laugh” funny – not as in naive about databases funny. I don’t want to discourage anyone from asking anything.
I guess I just think it might come across as being “mean”. I might be blunt sometimes, but hope it doesn’t ever come across as mean. I like this stuff a lot (this database stuff) and really do want people to be successful with it. If they are not successful with it, they won’t use it to its fullest potentional. I want them to get to the next level. If they cannot get beyond level 1, they’ll never get to level 2 and higher. The “funniest” stories would probably come from them and I don’t want to scare those off.