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August 2, 2005

My Nominees for the MySQL Guilds

In the recent Open Letter to the Community from Monty and David (MySQL founders) they highlighted the MySQL Guilds. It's a good idea, provided it isn't just a list of MySQL AB employees or that it doesn't become so huge that there's nothing special about being in one of the guilds.

Before I get into the nominees, I would suggest that in addition to the list of active guild members, there be a way to review emeritus guild members, people who have been in the guild but have moved on and are no longer active.

I don't claim to have my finger on the pulse of the MySQL community, but if I was asked to submit names for people, there are three that aren't currently guild members that I would suggest:

Expert's Guild

Shawn Green

If you've seen the mailing list for any amount of time, you know this guy (from unimin.com). I have no idea who he is, but he is always on the mailing list and he's not hammering out those quick "here's a pointer to the documentation" messages. He spends a lot of time on the mailing list . . . it's almost unusual for him to not weigh in on an issue.

Heikki Tuuri

Heikki seems to single-handedly handle all of the InnoDB-related issues on the mailing lists.

Writers, Speakers, Experts, or Developers Guild

Jeremy Zawodny

Maybe Jeremy's moving on and not doing as much with MySQL anymore, but I think he's done enough for MySQL in the past several years to get him on one of these lists.

Update: Cool. Arjen extended invitations and both Shawn and Heikki are now in the Experts Guild.

Posted by mike at August 2, 2005 11:47 PM