One of the best things that happens in the discussion
threads is that people discover that someone has invented the particular wheel
they need. Best case, the wheel gets shared among those who need it, and maybe it getscustomized or enhanced--but no reinventing is needed.
For example: When a
member asked if anyone had a data access policy, Chris Snell stepped up and
offered to share the one he created. The thread, which wound its way through assorted
suggestions and some skepticism that a policy could ever be effective at
protecting sensitive data, soon became peppered with "Could I get a copy
please" and "I want a copy too." Taking the hint, we worked with
Chris to publish the policy, and over the last three weeks, more
than 5,000 IT pros have downloaded it.
If that sounds like a wheel you could use, check it out.
Jody Gilbert has been writing and editing technical articles for the past 25 years. She was part of the team that launched TechRepublic and is now senior editor for Tech Pro Research.