Getting SQL Server Help from the Best, Simply the Best

Nov 15, 2010   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Database, Social Networking  //  2 Comments

"Tina Turner" at SQLPASS Do you have a question about SQL Server database design or how things work?  Are you experienced in another RDMBS and are trying to apply a DB2/Oracle/Whatever design principle to SQL Server?

If you have a Twitter account you can post your question (in 140 characters or less) with the #SQLHelp hashtag and most likely someone will jump in to answer the question.

Thousands of SQL Server experts (many who do not dress as Tina Turner) want you to be a SQL Server Success, so they monitor this hashtag to answer your question or give you tips on how to address an issue.  Of course the format of Twitter means that you probably won’t want to ask about the meaning of life (A:42) or big complex issues, but even then there’s probably a blog post that someone can point you to.

Some recent examples of questions and answers to this tag:


I’ve made use of this “service” on Twitter a few times when I needed help with a physical design consideration.  It’s great that the SQL Community is willing to help like this.  Perhaps we should be posting questions under hashtags like #ERwinHelp and #ERSStudioHelp, too.


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  • I’ve noticed that others are following the lead of the SQL community. I saw some tweets in the last couple of days that suggest using the hashtag of #sphelp when looking for help specific to Sharepoint. And they even suggest in the tweets that it is based on the #sqlhelp hashtag and how successful it has been. Here’s the exact line from one of the tweets that started it:

    “We should start to use #sphelp as a Twitter tag for SharePoint help, like the SQL guys do. Really handy.”


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