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Sharing is great, but it’s just not enough

Unlike my last post, it seems that I should start this one with a few disclaimers, so here they are real quick:

  • I’m only trying to share my views
  • I’m not trying to battle with Ted Patrick
  • I do not think that ALL evangelists are elitists (I have an enormous amount of respect for most evangelists)
  • I do not think that ALL industry leaders are elitists (I have an enormous amount of respect for most industry leaders)

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to the post…


Flash Platform community elitism

When I began writing this post, I was starting it out explaining that I was going to try to choose my words carefully in an attempt to keep from upsetting anyone… I’ve changed my mind. This isn’t what I would call a scathing post, but I’ve changed my mind about being careful. With that said, here are my thoughts on some recent (and not-so-recent) experiences and observations within the Flash Platform community.

My, how times have changed
There was a time (not all that long ago) when everyone under the sun wasn’t using Twitter, Facebook and all of the other “new” social media tools. A time when most interaction between members of the Flash community happened in forums and mailing lists like We’re Here and Flashcoders. Well, as they always do, times have changed, technology has continued to advance and people have built new tools and found new ways to communicate with each other even faster than ever before. Gone are the days of posting to a forum and waiting days (or even weeks) for the right person to stumble across your question to help you with a solution. Now you can simply tweet your challenge, question, idea, etc and all of the people following you will be there to help you in an instant. If they can’t help, they may choose to retweet your issue or idea and within minutes you could have literally hundreds (or even thousands) of other members of the Flash Platform community reading that question or idea! Now you will be heard! Now you have a voice! Now you can be the driving force behind new ideas, differences and changes in the community… in the way other developers look at things… in the way Adobe develops the future of the Flash Platform!

Well, maybe…