Clay Shirky gave a talk that covered community support at SuperNova 2007. During part of the talk he covers the value of community support - things like this blog, or the agile-testing list, or theSW-IMPROVE list.
About nine minutes (perhaps the best nine minutes) of the talk are available online here in quicktime format.
It's a great, inspiring talk about using open-source, and open-source tools to build community. Part of my explicit goal is to build the same thing in the software testing community.
I've had my moments, but I am no Clay Shirky. Watch the video. It's worth it.
Schedule and Events
March 26-29, 2012, Software Test Professionals Conference, New Orleans
July, 14-15, 2012 - Test Coach Camp, San Jose, California
July, 16-18, 2012 - Conference for the Association for Software Testing (CAST 2012), San Jose, California
August 2012+ - At Liberty; available. Contact me by email: Matt.Heusser@gmail.com