Angus: An IBM i call to arms

When you read a lot of the internet noise related to IBM i, it seems to be overwhelmingly negative. Whenever there is a complaint, there is a lot of discussion and debate related to the topic. However, when there are positive things happening, there tends to be a major lack of response.

Here is my challenge to the IBM i community – in three parts.
1. Whenever there is a negative post, blog entry or news report, consider posting your positive response. Don’t engage in unnecessary debate, just say your piece and leave it there.
2. Whenever there is a positive post, blog entry or news report, post a response with your support. Make it more than rah-rah, make it more than cheerleading, talk about how it has or will affect you positively.
3. Point everyone in your IBM i address book and mailing list to the positive entries, and solicit their contribution.

One final note -remember to send this blog entry to everyone in your IBM i address book and mailing list. Click here to send the email.

We can change the world by overwhelming the loud and negative traffic with our positivity and showing our support for the best platform on the planet – IBM i on Power Systems.

12 Comments

davidMay 10th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Whenever there is a negative post, blog entry or news report, consider posting your positive response.

What’s a ‘negative post’?

Does this include …

1. Comments on lack of marketing?
2. Pricing?

angustheitchapMay 10th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

David, I think anyone is able to tell negative from positive, and I would not suggest it is topic-specific. And it is up to you to make that call.

When your post is a slam, rather than an observation, you might be a negative poster. When you make a complaint, rather than a suggestion, you might be a negative poster. When you sound like you are whining, rather than debating constructively, you might be a negative poster. When you insult someone in the thread, you might be a negative poster. When you engage in logical fallacies rather than informed discussion, you might be a negative poster.

I am taking this call to arms myself, so I am not a negative poster.
How about you?

Trevor

davidMay 10th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

I am taking this call to arms myself, so I am not a negative poster.
How about you?

I am always out to counter negative information about the greatest computing platform in the world.

I just wanted to make sure you don’t count constructive criticism as negative.

angustheitchapMay 10th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

David,

I am sure we can hold IBM accountable to the platform and to the community without whining and without negativity. Criticism is not defined as negative, but it tends to be seen that way. Constructive criticism can be turned negative with a word. Everyone will have a different definition of negative, and the line will be different for everyone.

The way I see it is, that while we are all passionate about IBM i, we tend to jump on the negativity bandwagon quickly. Let’s add a positive voice to all that noise!

Trevor

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davidMay 10th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

OK, how’s this: I positively want IBM to include the RPG OA runtime in IBM i without any additional charges ๐Ÿ™‚ Then we can start a really fun open source handler project.

Aaron BartellMay 10th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

I agree with being positive – can make a big difference. But we can’t gloss over things because if we said something it might be deemed as negative.

In the end I am not a guy that pees perfume, though I do believe word choice is quite important since I *do* want the box to succeed.

AaronBartell.com

angustheitchapMay 10th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

David,

I don’t think you have to say the word, just BE positive!

I do believe that your words:
“I positively want IBM to include the RPG OA runtime in IBM i without any additional charges Then we can start a really fun open source handler project.”

are much better than:
“RT: @bobcozzi: Does anyone else think Rational Open Access: RPG edition at $1500/system is a non-starter? (yep)”

Now you are on a roll!
Trevor

angustheitchapMay 10th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Aaron, I did not ask you to gloss. I did not ask you to be a cheerleader and/or pee perfume. I did not ask you to stop holding IBM, vendors, community or yourself accountable.

Er.. whoops. That may be too negative! Let me try this.

Aaron, my suggestion to be positive should be considered not to have any strings attached.

Trevor

Aaron BartellMay 11th, 2010 at 7:34 am

๐Ÿ™‚ Sounds good Trevor. I am sure I can rely on you to ALWAYS hold me accountable to this – whether I want it or not ๐Ÿ™‚

Marinus Van SandwykMay 11th, 2010 at 9:50 am

The sooner each of us realise that what we say and how we say that, “can” (read may) have a direct impact on how the platform is perceived by the outside world, the better for us all.

We all know we are on the best commercial computing platform the industry has ever seen. For the first time in living memory the OS can compete head-on with other so-called OSes… and wipe the floor with them ito ROI, integration and stability and a host of other characteristics.

Each of us have a unique contribution to make. We can CHOOSE to be positive. We may not neccesarily agree with everything, but we can choose how we address the issue: constructively or destructively.

I for one are extremely excited by the opportunities IBM i and ROA presents!! For the first time in living memory the platform can compete head-on without sundry encumbrances. There is a LOT more to be positive about than to cry about…

Count us in!!

Jean MikhaleffMay 11th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

I agree that the platform i is the best ever. I don’t know who you are Marinus but if you say that “For the first time in living memory the OS can compete head-on with other so-called OSes”ยฆ” I believe you.

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