Log Buffer Guidelines
Here are a few guidelines to follow as you create your Log Buffer edition.
- Please recognize that it will take a minimum of 3-5 hours to do a good job, so be sure you can deliver on this commitment when you volunteer.
- Log Buffer editions cover blog articles that the editor believes will interest DBAs.
- Although its name was inspired by an Oracle memory structure, Log Buffer is database-neutral. Log Buffer compiles posts about MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, DB2, PostgreSQL, and any other DBMS or technology relevant to DBAs.
- Aim to cover around 20 articles.
- Important: Each article covered should also include a mention of both the full name of its author(s) and that of their blog, linked to that blog’s home page. For example:
On Radio Free Tooting, Andrew Clarke writes that . . .
- Log Buffer titles always take the form of this example: Log Buffer #100: a Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs
- Please link to the Log Buffer homepage somewhere in the text of your article:
<a href="http://www.pythian.com/blogs/about-log-buffer/"> Log Buffer</a>
- Log Buffer is published every Friday at 12:00 noon, Eastern Time. Editors of Log Buffer must show a draft to the Log Buffer coordinator on the Thursday before the Friday publication date. This gives the Log Buffer coordinator opportunity to respond to contingencies.
- If you want to cover exceptional blog items older than the week you’re responsible for, include them in a section with a sub-headline of Archive Log, and set the section apart in a box. Make sure each article has not been covered in a previous edition of Log Buffer. For example, if you want to mention an older item from FooBlog, search Google or Yahoo with terms like “log buffer fooblog”; if the results show that Log Buffer has not covered it, go ahead and mention the article.
- If you’re not a regular reader of Log Buffer, read a handful of previous editions to get a feel for how they can be done.
- You are in control of your edition of Log Buffer. To help reduce your search time, the Log Buffer coordinator will email a list of blog items for you to read, everyday of your week, but they are not suggestions — they are “bulk blog links,” and yours to judge.
- Look for threads between different blog items. Show similarities and contrasts. Follow conversations.
- Although you may sort your items by technology — MySQL stuff in one section, Oracle-related blogs in another, SQL Server ones over here — you don’t have to. In short, organize your material however you want.
- You don’t need to attempt “objectivity.” Just be yourself. Have fun.