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I’ve read critiques about Planet MySQL for months. Criticism says it is now “censoring” many community contents that previously would have been accepted. I know the problem: all contents from Federico-Razzoli.com have been censored for some months, no exceptions.
To be fair, the word censorship is not the best, because we are free to write whatever we want. Yet, Oracle’s aggregator won’t give us any visibility if we don’t follow certain rules. Since these facts seem to me absolutely clear, I’ll continue using a commonly understood word for simplicity.
For this reason I wrote an email asking an Oracle employee to remove my feed from their aggregator. This unusual procedure is because there is no other way to remove a feed.
My decision follows Shlomi Noach‘s announcement, see Pulling this blog out of Planet MySQL aggregator, over community concerns. Please read his very well argued concerns. Jean-François Gagné immediately wrote his opinion too: State of Planet MySQL: unhealthy!. He says he also considers removing his blog from Planet MySQL. And I have a feeling that others will follow.
In my opinion, this makes Planet MySQL obsolete. We should look forward. I’ll write later what I mean by look forward.
[UPDATE] Other leaving blogs
- Mark Callaghan twitted: Thanks. I sent email now too. Most of my posts are comparative and mention something other than MySQL so they wouldn’t make it past a filter.
- Art asked in the comments how to massively remove feeds, see below.
[UPDATE-2] Andrew’s view and final thoughts
- Andrew Hutchings from MariaDB wrote Community vs Ecosystem.
- I interviewed Andrew on the same topic, see the YouTube video: Andrew Hutchings on Communities, working in Lockdown, and Burnout. The interview is part of the Two Weeks of Databases series.
I believe that the links above are important, because the Planet MySQL “censorship” is just a symptom of a bigger problem.
Our community is vendor-centric. Nearly all initiatives start from vendors.
I agree with Andrew that the MySQL and MariaDB communities need a Foundation, a framework to strengthen our communication and collaboration.