I just wanted to take a moment and say congratulations to all of the 2012 Community Contributor Award Winners!
The usual suspects, Baron, Sarah, Gerardo, and Sheeri, each won, and deservedly so. All 4 contribute a great deal to the MySQL Community and ecosystem, and it is very much appreciated.
However, I was especially happy to hear that James Day was also a winner (a name everyone might not be so familiar with). But, having worked with James for 5 years, I really couldn’t say it better than Henrik Ingo already did (in his initial post of this year’s winners), so let me quote him:
“James was nominated for ‘MySQL advocacy and swimming upstream to keep people informed about bugs and other issues.’ When looking into James’ activities in the community, the panel first didn’t find much evidence to support an award. For instance, unlike most winners, he is not a frequent blogger on Planet MySQL. But when digging deeper it became clear that James’ instead is a very active commenter on everyone else’s blogs, contributing in depth additional information to the community dialogue. James therefore is an excellent example of the kind of helpful support person that tirelessly helps everyone he meets in their use of MySQL.”
There is not a single bug comment from James that I don’t appreciate, and he gladly shares his in-depth knowledge, and always has.
So this was definitely great to see, and that award, as were all, were well deserved!
Congratulations, James, Baron, Sarah, Gerardo, and Sheeri!