Have you ever stopped and looked at the SQL Community as a whole entity and all it has accomplished? Better yet, have you ever stopped and thought about a problem you’ve researched and found that someone else has already been experiencing it and has provided a solution? If you are doing any blogging or social media and present a solution in a manner that it is your own, is that right? Answer to the last question is no.
I have never been associated with a community like the SQL Community where everyone is eager to share their knowledge or advice in trying to achieve an answer or solution to an issue. More times than not solutions are provided on a blog similar to this one, a news letter, or twitter; it is very easy to take the research that was found and utilize it and pass it off as being completed by oneself – I’ve seen some do it and not think twice about it.
The SQL Community has a plethora of great minds, some of which you will find over to the right in the DBA Blog section. Think about the countless work everyone puts in figuring solutions to issues and then sharing. If someone’s work is taken and used for their own gain time and time again eventually the well might dry up.
The Call to Give Credit Where Credit Is Due
The solution is basic and simple, if you use something that someone else has written give credit to them by referencing it. Below are some ways to do this:
- Script – think of the countless scripts that have been provided over the years, some that come to my mind off hand are Brent Ozar’s sp_Blitz, Adam Machanic’s sp_whoisactive, Kendra Little’s sp_BlitzIndex, and Glenn Berry’s awesome diagnostic queries. It doesn’t have to be the ones I’ve mentioned here it can be scripts that someone has provided however big and small they maybe. The point is reference their work; because they are the ones who provided it.
- Blog Information – A vast majority of my DBA colleagues have blogs they use daily, weekly, or monthly with a ton of information on them. If you are passing or using this information along just note where you got it from.
- Email the Author – email the author and ask them if it is okay to use there work on a site for example if you reference their name. A couple reasons I mention this – 1.) it is a display of respect and 2.) it also shows the author that there is appreciation for their efforts in sharing their knowledge
Not everyone is perfect, I understand that, but over the course of the last few months I have seen many occurrences where situations could have been avoided and hard working data professionals have been bitten by their work being taken and utilized for someone else’s personal gain. Think about this question – we are data professionals in some form or fashion; where does utilizing someone else’s work without referencing it sound professional? Let’s keep our community strong and thriving.
Closing with the Thanks
A big thanks to all the community for the relentless time and effort along with the countless hours in making solutions for us who seek them for every day issues. If we make a mistake along the way because we are human may we own up to it, learn from it, and move on with integrity and character.