The title of this post is the title of a talk I’ll be giving at NYC Ruby on February 12th.
Aside from blatent self promotion, I’m actually posting in search of opinions and thoughts to incorporate into this discussion, so that I can give a little more of a balanced account beyond my own crazy ideas.
Here’s my short and rather vague description of what I’ll be talking about:
Lots of people come to Ruby or stick with it because of the community, but what does that mean? In this short talk, we’ll take a look at what the Ruby community has meant over time, what it means now, why it’s dead, and why that’s not a bad thing. Not quite as depressing as it sounds, this talk will focus on how specialized groups such as local Ruby communities, regional conferences, and individual projects have developed their own distinct culture while still being impacted by the Ruby community of old.
What I’d like to know is what readers here have experienced with both “The Ruby Community” as well as Ruby communities in general. This could range anywhere from describing the general feel of your local Ruby users group to picking a bone with some of the ‘untouchable’ aspects of Ruby culture.
I’ve been trying to make my talks a bit more interactive in a sense, hoping to simply set up a discussion rather than pontificate, so having hearing your opinions will help me do that. In return, I promise to write another post titled “Why the Ruby community matters, and why it doesn’t” which will summarize any thoughts people have shared as well as the content of next week’s talk.
Anyway, looking forward to your thoughts. Feel free to be as bold as you’d like, and if you don’t want to be credited for your words, just post anonymously.