… unless there is a public apology.
The day began with disappointment as PASS bloggers were warned to remain silent or “there won’t be a bloggers table next year.” This was in response to last year’s tweets and posts from the bloggers table that PASS and their sponsors found disagreeable.
I disagreed with some of the opinions of my fellow bloggers last year and their communication style differs from mine. But I respect their right to express their opinions in their communication style. PASS seems fine with bloggers expressing their opinions so long as neither the opinions and/or mode of expression are unacceptable to PASS and its sponsors. PASS wants the influence of bloggers, so long as it’s positive influence.
Transparent? Not at all. Attempted censorship? A sophomoric attempt, but yes.
I refuse to participate in blogging about the PASS Summit until PASS apologizes for this offensive behavior: namely, threatening – regardless of how weak the threat – members of the blogosphere. My limited influence is a package deal. PASS and its sponsors receive my praise when they do things I think are cool, and I reserve the right to point out deficiencies when and where I see them. My readers (both of them – Hi Mom!) expect honest opinions. And they will continue to get them. My fellow bloggers will continue to express their views in their style to their readership. I may disagree with them, but I will stand for their right to express themselves.
PASS is dead wrong here, and they owe the SQL Server Community an apology for attempting to control the media.
7 Nov 2012