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10th Annual System Administrator Appreciation Day

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 4 years ago | from the beware-the-bofh dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 232

jonk689 writes "Let's face it, System Administrators get no respect 364 days a year. This is the day that all fellow System Administrators across the globe will be showered with large piles of cash and expensive sports cars in appreciation of their diligent work. But seriously, we are asking for a nice token gift and some public acknowledgment. It's the least you could do."

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232 comments

"But we did all the work!" (4, Interesting)

raddan (519638) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899107)

Yeah, sysadmins get shit on [youtube.com] . But hey, we all knew it came with the territory before we got into this job. Part of this is due to the fact that people seem to think that computer run on magic or something, so they have no clue what we do.

As an aside, the IT department at work has kept a running tally on how long it's been since we've been thanked for our work at the company picnic. I've been here for 6 years... nothing yet. Meanwhile, the lowliest assistant gets a mention (and even sometimes [some assistant's] husband or wife, "for moral support").

Re:"But we did all the work!" (1)

sys.stdout.write (1551563) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899149)

Yeah. I mean, it'd be easier if they weren't all green from monitor glow.

Re:"But we did all the work!" (4, Funny)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899167)

Here's [youtube.com] the more famous homage to sysadmins dealing with lusers :)

Re:"But we did all the work!" (2, Insightful)

vux984 (928602) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899777)

That's one of my favorites. Its sheer brilliance.

But not because it illustrates the idiocy of the users (which it does) but because in that one IT is completely dysfunctional too. I mean its funny not because I know users like that (and I do), but because I know IT people like that... arrogant, dishonest, totally incompetent...

Its unbelievable (and yet eerily familiar) how bad IT is in that that clip.

Re:"But we did all the work!" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28899639)

Computers do run on magic, though.

Re:"But we did all the work!" (2, Funny)

nizo (81281) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899921)

I always instill confidence in the user population by loudly declaring, "it's a miracle any of this stuff ever works" as often as possible.

Re:"But we did all the work!" (1)

Loko Draucarn (398556) | more than 4 years ago | (#28900103)

More accurately, they run on more magic [catb.org] .

Re:"But we did all the work!" (2, Funny)

contrapunctus (907549) | more than 4 years ago | (#28900109)

As an aside, the IT department at work has kept a running tally on how long it's been since we've been thanked for our work at the company picnic. I've been here for 6 years... nothing yet. Meanwhile, the lowliest assistant gets a mention (and even sometimes [some assistant's] husband or wife, "for moral support").

They haven't paid you in 6 years?

How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (4, Insightful)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899131)

It's the least you could do

What, paying you isn't enough? What makes you more deserving of appreciation than any other profession?

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (5, Funny)

sys.stdout.write (1551563) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899177)

Actors have the academy awards.
Physicists have the Nobel Prize.
Computer programmers have furry conventions.

Why not give sys admins the same respect?

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (5, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899303)

Believe me, I give the sysadmins the same respect I give furries~

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (1)

ZorinLynx (31751) | more than 4 years ago | (#28900215)

>Computer programmers have furry conventions.

So do sysadmins! :) Some of us even do admin work for them.

Not me; the day I do my day job at a convention will be the day I start running Windows as my main operating system.

(I actually know more admins in the fandom than programmers. Figure that...)

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28899197)

It's the least you could do

What, paying you isn't enough? What makes you more deserving of appreciation than any other profession?

Because they know how to bitch better than any other profession? Farmer breaks his back picking rock and bailing hay all day in the sun. Farmer finishes in the red due to market swings. Farmer dies penniless all so we can enjoy a carton of eggs at 47 cents and a gallon of milk at $3.50. But Jesus Christ, the poor sys admins in their air conditioned server rooms that bring us ... that bring us ... super expensive services? Yeah, we gotta have a day for those guys.

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (1)

HeronBlademaster (1079477) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899351)

What about all those farmers that the government is paying to not farm? Should we have an appreciation day for them, too?

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (1)

dyingtolive (1393037) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899387)

Actually, most farmers I've known (and there are a few, I'm from non-Chicago Illinois, after all), have more money than they'd care to admit. In fact, to a certain extent, the Government pays them to NOT harvest as much as they can. Nowadays, its more like Farmer breaks a sweat climbing into his closed-top, air conditioned tractor, and Farmer finishes in the black because of the fact that he's only planting corn because that's the 'in' thing nowadays, causing a decrease in cattle-farming which lets us 'enjoy' a carton of eggs at $1.50 and a gallon of milk at $4.00.

Out of curiosity, where do you get your groceries?

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (1)

dyingtolive (1393037) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899463)

As an afterthought, I did not intend on implying that cattle lay eggs, nor did I wish to imply that decrease in cattle-farming indicates increase in cost of eggs.

Change cattle-farming to livestock-farming above please. Thanks.

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (1)

nizo (81281) | more than 4 years ago | (#28900035)

I did not intend on implying that cattle lay eggs...

Actually though, this would be awesome! We need animals that give milk, lay eggs, and produce a variety of meat parts (bacon, steak, etc) that grow and fall off for easy harvesting. Why is the chicken/cow/pig hybrid not a reality in this day and age? My proposed name for this perfect beast is the wonderful Chowig btw.

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (1)

93,000 (150453) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899877)

Many farmers do very well -- you are correct. However people don't necessarily have an accurate perception of what a farmer is. People tend to want to cling to the archetype of the dirt on the hands, god fearing, simple man trying to provide for his family. So when people hear of good times for farmers, there is this perception of this dumb, lucky rube sitting on a pile of money.

The farmers who do well today (and to reiterate, yes, many do very well) aren't farmers in the traditional sense as much as they are businessmen. It's a changed world and quite complex. The days of 'sell at harvest and hope for a good price' are long gone. Nowadays they are buying inputs for a crop they wont plant for another 18 months while they are still working to market crop from the year before, all while raising the current year's crop. It's a numbers game more than it is a 'jump in the tractor and go to work' game.

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (1)

ground.zero.612 (1563557) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899745)

It's the least you could do

What, paying you isn't enough? What makes you more deserving of appreciation than any other profession?

Because they know how to bitch better than any other profession? Farmer breaks his back picking rock and bailing hay all day in the sun. Farmer finishes in the red due to market swings. Farmer dies penniless all so we can enjoy a carton of eggs at 47 cents and a gallon of milk at $3.50. But Jesus Christ, the poor sys admins in their air conditioned server rooms that bring us ... that bring us ... super expensive services? Yeah, we gotta have a day for those guys.

You mean services like Internet Service Providers (the system admins that run the systems that connect your computer to the ineterweb), Web Hosting (the system admins that run the websites like, for example, this one [slashdot.org] ), etc.; that allow you to bitch? I applaud System Admin Appreciation Day and look forward to the first and subsequent annual Anonymous Coward Troll Hatred Days.

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (1)

Romancer (19668) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899203)

The fact that without the servers being up and available, most other professions do not continue to run.

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28899281)

Power-plant engineers, electricians, and A/C maintenance folks do not get appreciation days. And without their work, no servers would be up and available.

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (1)

Pulse_Instance (698417) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899569)

And without a sys-admin the Power-plant engineers, electricians and A/C maintenance folks sit around waiting for the systems to come back online before they start work again. We have reached the time where there are very few major things that happen without a computer controlling it.

I am not a sys-admin I work on software that is used in power plants and a lot of other areas.

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28899749)

Power-plant engineers, electricians and A/C maintenance folks were there before computer was invented.

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (1)

ajlitt (19055) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899831)

So those computers that run those services are powered and cooled by unicorn flatulence, right?

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (1)

Pulse_Instance (698417) | more than 4 years ago | (#28900081)

Yes, Unicorn Flatulence.... Or more typically another power source so that your control systems are not dependent on the thing that you are controlling.

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28899779)

Power-plant engineers, electricians, and A/C maintenance folks do not get appreciation days.

That's because the electrician and A/C maintenance guy (of rather HVAC engineer if you want) quite often IS the sysadmin.

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (1)

DrLang21 (900992) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899287)

For what the small company I work for pays for IT services, I would gladly take over the contract, half their fee, hire two guys, and pay for most new equipment out of my own pocket.

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28899289)

The fact that without the servers being up and available, most other professions do not continue to run.

But that can be a good thing, especially if you get paid for sitting on your arse while the network admins are freaking out over network shares not being exported.

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (3, Insightful)

Corbets (169101) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899293)

The fact that without the servers being up and available, most other professions do not continue to run.

Yet without other professions to do the actual work of your company, there's not even a need for you and your servers.

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (3, Insightful)

nizo (81281) | more than 4 years ago | (#28900173)

That's right; sysadmins are part of a team of people required to keep the business running smoothly. But how many other folks in the company need to get up at 3am to do their jobs? Many sales guys have an emergency sales meeting at 3am? How about the secretary, does he get paged and need to come in with no notice so he can file some documents at 3am? Not many other professions would put up with the lack of resources and total ignorance of planning that a sysadmin puts up with all the time. Yet since the sysadmin isn't doing anything that can have a simple metric applied to it (number of sales closed, number of documents filed), people just assume they aren't doing anything useful.

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (2, Insightful)

royallthefourth (1564389) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899339)

The fact that without the servers being up and available, most other professions do not continue to run.

Unless you're a developer. In that case, it's better to go ahead and fix it yourself instead of waiting for the sysadmin to try rebooting and then come asking for help.

I guess some of us have better work environments than others :-(

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (1)

lorenlal (164133) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899781)

Unless you're a developer. In that case, it's better to go ahead and fix it yourself instead of waiting for the sysadmin to try rebooting and then come asking for help. I guess some of us have better work environments than others

Unless you're a sysadmin who's getting a call from a developer because they *think* they know what's wrong and "fixed" the problem, yet their software isn't working...

Sorry, this is a bit of a raw and recently reopened wound for me...

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (1)

royallthefourth (1564389) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899857)

I think computer professionals of all types can agree that there is nothing more frustrating than dealing with another techie that has no clue what he's doing.

It makes us all look bad and depresses salaries.

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899413)

The fact is, without sales guys most corporation stop to run.
Also programmers, DBAs, accounts and a slew of other people.

If garbage isn't collected, cities have a tendency to stop functioning.
Water to, and eletricity, and many other things.

Do yuor job. If you, as a person, aren't appreciated either step up your game or find a new place to work.

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (1)

Angostura (703910) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899437)

I bet you send the guys at the electricity generating station a thank-you every year, don't you? And the guys who run the local silicon fab.

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28899501)

I don't work at either of those places.

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (2, Insightful)

Translation Error (1176675) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899259)

What, paying you isn't enough? What makes you more deserving of appreciation than any other profession?

A little extra show of appreciation, especially to someone who often has to work late without warning or come in at odd times and deal with frustrating problems and frustrated people, can go a long way to making a person feel comfortable and, well, appreciated. Treating people nicely, whatever their profession, generally encourages them to go that extra mile for you; saying that you give them a check and they don't deserve an iota more encourage the opposite.

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899335)

Sure, a PERSON goes above anfd beyond and is good at there job should be appreciated.
But not a day where they all are appreciated. That's just stupid, and I suspect it doesn't help moral when the good sysadmin is getting recognized and lumped in with the crap sysadmins.

Of course since there is an appreciation day, there really isn't a reason to appreciate someone for going about and beyond, right?

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28900069)

You just described every job in the world. I still don't see how sys admin is any more specialer. However, they probably have more education than a garbageman. But is being appreciated and respected a property of a person's character or intelligence? Or both?

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (2, Informative)

vertinox (846076) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899263)

How about a garbage collector appreciation day?

That's on October 10th [blogspot.com] .

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28899493)

How about a garbage collector appreciation day?

That's on October 10th [blogspot.com] .

Thank God, I hate memory leaks.

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (1)

snspdaarf (1314399) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899269)

I trade my time for money. That's why they call it a "job" instead of "fun." And, as a compliment doesn't cost anything, it would be nice to hear once in a while.

Technical Difficulties (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28899347)

Mr. Gordon:

Due to technical difficulties, you're account has been deleted. To get a new account with all of your previous settings, please email sysadmin@slashdot.org. Also include the copy of the full-page advertisement thanking your sys admin for being such a wonderful, brilliant, handsome man or beautiful woman, and that you will be taking him or her out to lunch for the next 364 days,

Thank you.

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (1)

PotatoFarmer (1250696) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899395)

What, paying you isn't enough? What makes you more deserving of appreciation than any other profession?

The fact that they're reading your email at this very moment?

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (1)

Goldberg's Pants (139800) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899551)

I agree entirely. Where's "Poor customer service person who has to deal with your stupid backward ass" appreciation day? Where's Garbage Man Appreciation Day? Mail man? Pretty much every public service industry.

Where the hell is Fire Fighter appreciation day? EMT appreciation day?

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (1)

ground.zero.612 (1563557) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899627)

It's the least you could do

What, paying you isn't enough? What makes you more deserving of appreciation than any other profession?

Oh I dunno, maintaining the tools you use to, you know, do work? Also, salaried or hourly pay is compensation, not appreciation.

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (1)

dargon (105684) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899633)

The fact that we have to deal with idiots on a minute by minute basis and we're not really in a position to tell them to take a hike when they claim that their problem is more important than the 30 other problems we're already working on at the same time.

System Administrator Appreciation Day (2, Funny)

Anonymous CowHardon (1605679) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899701)

Happy SAAD!

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28899703)

It's the least you could do

What, paying you isn't enough? What makes you more deserving of appreciation than any other profession?

Secretaries (admin assistants?) get a day, why can't sys admins?

We're not talking about a ticker tape parade here. Perhaps an "at a boy" and a small cake purchased by the company?

Sheesh. I wasn't expecting some sort of Spanish Inquisition.

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (4, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899711)

What makes you more deserving of appreciation than any other profession?

Who said anything about being *more* deserving of appreciation? Every hard worker deserves some appreciation.

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (1)

KodaK (5477) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899717)

You assume that other professions don't have "appreciation days" when, in fact, they do. Also, you appear to think that SAs believe that they are more deserving than other professions. While I don't doubt that there are plenty of admins out there that hold an arrogant view like that, I also believe that the majority of professional sysadmins don't. I don't begrudge my boss bosses day, or our administrative assistant's secretaries day. It's just nice to be appreciated.

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (1)

grasshoppa (657393) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899755)

How about the anti-appreciation we get the rest of the year?

"Come on, all you do all day is play on the internet anyway"
"It's not like you guys don't read my email"
"What do you mean you won't fix my home computer?"
"You nerds are all alike, all technical skill no personality"

Besides, it's not as if secretaries, maintenance workers and bosses don't already have their own day. ( April 21, Oct 2, Oct 16 )

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (1)

period3 (94751) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899927)

It's the least you could do

What, paying you isn't enough? What makes you more deserving of appreciation than any other profession?

Umm, root?

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28899983)

Exactly. I'm a sysadmin and I've never understood why others in IT think they deserve special thanks or praise. They are just doing their job like everyone else. Or those IT guys that think they're smarter than the lawyers when they go help someone out in the legal department. If you were so smart than maybe you should've gone to law school rather than get your cert at the local CC!

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28900199)

It's the least you could do

What, paying you isn't enough? What makes you more deserving of appreciation than any other profession?

precisely, you system admins are sick ugly fatties, why would anyone appreciate you?

Re:How about a garbage collector appreciation day? (1)

teknosapien (1012209) | more than 4 years ago | (#28900203)

so then we should ditch administrative assistant day also ?

Consolation Prize! (3, Funny)

Aldenissin (976329) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899157)

If you haven't been there, then this is for you! http://www.thewebsiteisdown.com/ [thewebsiteisdown.com]

Re:Consolation Prize! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28899179)

I was going to go to that site, but I couldn't find the link to the internet on my desktop. Some idiot web guy arranged my icons :(

Wholly crap that was funny! (1)

DRAGONWEEZEL (125809) | more than 4 years ago | (#28900047)

I just wasted a ton of our bandwidth watching that.

I'm part of the chior! (1)

Thyamine (531612) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899171)

Yep, yep, yep... wait, let me just grab my dictionary.... hmmmmmm...

why post this in the afternoon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28899201)

I never remember. and every year you post it in the afternoon. how can i take my team to lunch if lunch is over.

STEP UP SLASHDOT!

Piss off (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28899207)

But seriously, we are asking for a nice token gift and some public acknowledgment. It's the least you could do.

Why should you get a gift for doing your job like everyone else does?

Summary of the Article (3, Funny)

neonprimetime (528653) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899253)

Sysadmins setup the web server to host www.sysadminday.com [sysadminday.com]
Sysadmins setup the networks that allow you to view www.sysadminday.com [sysadminday.com]
Sysadmins protect your networks to make sure you're really viewing www.sysadminday.com [sysadminday.com]
Sysadmins make backups of www.sysadminday.com [sysadminday.com] in case it has issues.
Sysadmins ensure there is no viruses on the www.sysadminday.com [sysadminday.com]
Sysadmins wakeup at 2am to reboot the servers and ensure www.sysadminday.com [sysadminday.com] is up.
Sysadmins would will gladly help you navigate to www.sysadminday.com [sysadminday.com]
Sysadmins really just want a friend, but if that's not possible they are satisfied with you going to www.sysadminday.com [sysadminday.com]
Sysadmins would also be very happy if you post a link to www.sysadminday.com [sysadminday.com] on other sites

Re:Summary of the Article (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28899615)

Indeed. Let's show our appreciation on this special day by slashdotting their servers....

Re:Summary of the Article (3, Funny)

Xtifr (1323) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899655)

The rant above assumes I have any interest in visiting sysadminday.com, but we'll gloss over that for the moment. :)

Sysadmins setup the web server to host www.sysadminday.com

A web server that was created by developers.

Sysadmins setup the networks that allow you to view www.sysadminday.com

If you mean the physical infrastructure, then no; otherwise, yes, using the software created by developers for that purpose.

Sysadmins protect your networks to make sure you're really viewing www.sysadminday.com

ITYM "try to protect", and again, using software created by developers.

Sysadmins make backups of www.sysadminday.com

By running scripts and applications created by developers (and hardware provided by...another kind of developers).

Sysadmins ensure there is no viruses on the www.sysadminday.com

ITYM "try to ensure", and again, using software created by developers, assuming that the sysadmins or their bosses were foolish enough to select virus-prone software in the first place. (Otherwise, they try to ensure it by selecting or installing systems which aren't virus-prone, the solution used by my company.)

Sysadmins wakeup at 2am to reboot the servers and ensure www.sysadminday.com is up

That one I'll give you, although if it still has problems after rebooting, who do the admins call? That's right--the developers.

Sysadmins would will gladly help you navigate to www.sysadminday.com

Using software created by developers.

Sysadmins really just want a friend, but if that's not possible they are satisfied with you going to www.sysadminday.com

In my experience, I have to say I think you're overgeneralizing, but some admins are friendly enough. Others follow the advice of the BOFH, though...
(I'm tempted to inject something here about "some of my best friends are...", but I'll resist the urge.) :)

Sysadmins would also be very happy if you post a link to www.sysadminday.com on other sites

Except for the ones that have enough sense not to support link-spamming. :)

So, as near as I can figure it, sysadmins should be worshipping the ground I walk on. Yet that doesn't seem to be happening. Oh well, maybe I'll take one out for a beer later in any case.

Re:Summary of the Article (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899925)

Sysadmins would also be very happy if you post a link to www.sysadminday.com on other sites

Unless that results in their server being slashdotted at 2am...

Technically... (1)

peacefinder (469349) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899277)

System Administrators get no respect at least 364 days a year.

Stop the madness (1, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899285)

these stupid I need to be recognized for my job class days need to end.

How about you do your job the best you can and stop whining?

Pet Peeve (1)

oldhack (1037484) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899301)

So... what are your (SA's) top 10 that get under your skin? Especially dealing with users?

As your reward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28899307)

You get to come into work on Saturday!

365.25 (1)

mseeger (40923) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899313)

Let's face it, System Administrators get no respect 364 days a year

Let's face it and make it 365 or 365.249 days in an average year.

CU, Martin

Maybe we could couple it with Guy Fawkes day (4, Funny)

Garbad Ropedink (1542973) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899327)

My sysadmin tattled on me when I played a prank on a co-worker by changing his wallpaper to look like his computer had an error. The admin took half a second to figure out what was wrong. Then he went off and told my manager and they sent out a company wide email saying that the sysadmin was owed an apology. I've also had a number of run ins with previous sysadmins. Blocking web access randomly and refusing to allow me to change my mouse to left handed mode.

I think it would work better as a holiday if we could couple it with Guy Fawkes day. Maybe burn a few effigies.

I know there are probably a lot of sysadmins on this website so I didn't post anonymously because I know how you people take such pleasure in getting your petty petty revenges. So that's my gift to you on your special day. :)

A nice token gift and some public acknowledgment? (4, Funny)

exley (221867) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899331)

Actually, the least I could do is nothing.

Re:A nice token gift and some public acknowledgmen (5, Funny)

Fyzzle (1603701) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899565)

Actually, the least I could do is nothing.

You sir, are ready to be a Sysadmin. Welcome.

Re:A nice token gift and some public acknowledgmen (1)

QuantumRiff (120817) | more than 4 years ago | (#28900143)

I would feel truly blessed if my "clients" would do nothing for a day. My day would be so nice and enjoyable, without any tickets, or emergencies, or questions I've answered 12 times already (and that's just to them!), not to mention a day without the "Wow $NameofPersonWhosDeskImSittingAt, you sure look different today! HAHAHAHAHAH" It was funny, the first time I heard it, in 1996. The 5 times a week since then, not so much...

My guys really hooked us up. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28899461)

Breakfast taco's... Brownies and Cookies.... About a dozen breakfast taco's. Of course I've been hounding them for a month.

I've got really bad news for you IT guys and gals (5, Insightful)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899491)

This just cements you in place as being very low on the corporate totem pole. Every hear CEO appreciation day? Management appreciation day? Doctor appreciation day? Engineer appreciation day (engineer's day in India doesn't count)? Lawyer appreciation day?

No?

How about teacher appreciation day? Secretary (or, ahem, administrative assistant) appreciation day? See where I'm going with this? I wouldn't take this as a compliment.

Re:I've got really bad news for you IT guys and ga (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28900009)

Every hear CEO appreciation day?

Yes, it's the day they pay the multi-million dollar bonuses.

Re:I've got really bad news for you IT guys and ga (1)

armanox (826486) | more than 4 years ago | (#28900027)

The only one up there that I am not familiar with is Engineer Appreciation Day.

Pitty Reply (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28899505)

You want a system administrator appreciation day? Why because you keep the computers running?

 
 

Why not a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator day? We have to deal with your shit day in and day out. We remove it from the water and dispose of it, all while trying to keep odors down and releasing cleaner water back into rivers/bays so you can go boating or fishing?

Why don't we have these days in appreciation for us? Because then someone else will b*tch about government workers making too much money. So to you System Administrator, please STFU and move along. You're no more special than anyone else.

Needs to be grouped with others (1)

aarenz (1009365) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899517)

I have been a software developer type for 25 years and have always been in smaller departments and we get stuck in limbo. Not admin staff, not business operations, not accounting. Maybe it should be an all IT day, so that we can all play halo and eat pizza and drink mountain dew!

Even the nerds hate sysadmins (1, Flamebait)

iamhigh (1252742) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899537)

Seriously... right now there are 5 comments above 1 and they are all bashing sysadmins in some way. I know you developers (oh sorry "software engineers") think you run the IT world, but you could give a little love to the guys who figure out all the work arounds to your shitty programming; to the guys that have to deal with giving you admin privileges just to see you make a standard build into something nearly unsupportable (and possibly running all kinds of rouge server stuff; to the guys that have to deal with all the problems you missed and let fly out into the field; and finally a thanks to us simply because we keep the internet connection up and running so you can bash us here on /.
/rant

hey guys, no more sysadmin bashing ... (0, Troll)

neonprimetime (528653) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899841)

but seems to me that ...

all developers could be sysadmins
not all sysadmins could be developers

Re:hey guys, no more sysadmin bashing ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28899987)

"...all developers could be sysadmins..."

No.

Re:hey guys, no more sysadmin bashing ... (1)

foldingstock (945985) | more than 4 years ago | (#28900051)

You obviously have not worked with many developers. I personally know some very bright developers, but I have also met my fair share of developers who are complete morons when it comes to basic administrative tasks. Maybe all that code turns your brain to mush. Maybe its a disease. Whatever.

Don't even get me started about dealing with employees/clients/customers. Sysadmins get put through hell and are expected to keep a cool head. Most developers get hot way to easy. ;)

Not all sysadmins could be developers. Not all developers could be sysadmins.

Re:hey guys, no more sysadmin bashing ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28900131)

What world do you live in? I support developers that can't even figure out how to set up their terminal emulator.

Re:hey guys, no more sysadmin bashing ... (2)

matang (731781) | more than 4 years ago | (#28900135)

all developers think they could be sysadmins (the inherent problem in dealing with them). i'm happy to finally be in a position where we don't have any in house developers. in the past ten years, no stereotypable group (technophobes, self-taught-it-experts, etc) has been more frustrating to work with than developers. all they NEED is something to input text and something to compile that text but they end up with $5,000 worth of equipment, countless hours of tech support, and endless perks but they still bitch that they can't work because we won't give them admin access to install twitter apps or "ram booster" software.

Re:Even the nerds hate sysadmins (1)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 4 years ago | (#28900227)

Oh yeah, great, it's not enough that you're begging for 'token presents' and have your own special day (and subtly wish for a nice car and pile of cash), you have to rag on the developers. Shitty programming, eh? Wow, I appreciate you so much more now. That's a great way to Win Friends and Influence People.

Maybe you feel it sucks, but you did choose it.....we don't have the sysadmins, but people who go around begging for appreciation are annoying.

Generosity (2, Funny)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899589)

But seriously, we are asking for a nice token gift and some public acknowledgment. It's the least you could do.

... if you value email access.

USAF Holler! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28899619)

To any USAF CSAs reading this, thanks. You do a pretty good job as far as I've seen. I actually just called my group's CSA cell and thanked them. Also... umm... can you reset my ON/OFF function? The whenever the light goes out my computer stops working.

Re:USAF Holler! (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899821)

Real calls I've gotten:
1) "The printer stops printing when it runs out of paper".
2) "Can you make this report print darker?" (Attached to a fax of a xerox of a dot-matrix printout).

And the ubiquitous 2:30 A.M. call from the machine room operator:
Him: "Batch job xxx.yyy aborted"
Me: "What does the log file say?"
Him: "Let me check..."

It's today? (4, Insightful)

elvum (9344) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899621)

If /. had run this story yesterday, many more sysadmins would have been appreciated...

ironic (1)

Cormacus (976625) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899625)

So this morning when I got into work we couldn't write to any of the home directories.

What about back then? (And now.) (1)

mountainman2307 (1609587) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899661)

I don't quite recall a SysOp Appreciation Day.

To each as deserved (1)

SLOGEN (165834) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899673)

Perhaps people do not appreciate what their sysadmins do because the sysadmin is not helping but hindering them?

My best experience ever with sysadmins was at DAIMI (now Department of Computer Science) at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. Perhaps you can compare what you do to them?

They ran by the priciple of freedom under responsibility (traced, of couser :) The system was not down for any annoying period of time while I was there. Sysadmins were:

  • Incredibly service-minded,
  • Running stuf was allow-by-default, of course this was UNIX, so you could mostly trash your own stuff :)
  • Active logging of who spawned what and used how much CPU/disk/net, and an email asking why when you were outside the norm
  • Limited disk-quatas, but you could simply extend your own quota by running a command and giving a reason, the space was immediatly awarded to you for use -- if the reason was not good enough they would email you
  • Allowed most anything as long as it didn't interfere with the other peoples ability to use the system.

Yay sysadmins (1)

Kirby (19886) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899793)

You should clearly get them a ThinkGeek gift certificate. $20 gets most sysadmins a T-Shirt they really would like.

-- Kirby, ThinkGeek programmer

(Okay, see, I'm biased, but I'm _still_ right.)

Best system administrator ever (1)

Gnaget (1043408) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899873)

A big kudos to our system administrator, a good friend, who set me up with a special firewall rule to bypass our corporate filter, and thus I have access to non-work related sites such as /.

Hey To All Sys Admins (1)

furby076 (1461805) | more than 4 years ago | (#28899905)

Stop playing your games and do your job. Fix my computer because I clicked on that I Love You E-mail sent from 125 people I don't know even though you told me not to (btw its' your fault). Oh and you need to install me the latest adob photoshop even though I don't really need it - but the guy in the art department has it. And I want windows 7 - I hear people have advanced copies of it so use your computer to computer illegal programs to download it for me. Also unblock facebook...what the hell - i need to be able to talk to my friends while at work. While I have your ear - since the boss can have two monitors and a brand new computer so can I - so stop being lazy befoer I report you. Finally the internet is acting stupid and i think it will go down *poof*

What's sad is... (1)

rAiNsT0rm (877553) | more than 4 years ago | (#28900091)

How many besides us admins even know about Sys Admin Day? I'd guess about zero. As someone who has done this job for about 12 years now, I can honestly say that my current job will be my last in this field when it comes to an end. I love how posts in this thread state "we knew what we were getting into when we took this job" No, I am a very hard-working individual who gets results and saves companies a lot of time and money. I'm not a hot-air admin who knows nothing but buzzwords, or a paper admin who has every cert known to man but no actual experience, I take a lot of pride in keeping current and being a well liked member of the company. I deserve to be treated like a professional with the same timeframes, respect, and courtesy afforded to every other role. Yet, so many just accept being treated like a doormat, put under constant intense pressure, underfunded, screamed at, etc. It happens to me too even with being friendly and liked. I've seen much worse on those who also do a great job but might not have the personal skills I do. Regardless it should not happen. It's not right. Companies see and treat IT as a negative cost with no real benefit and I think it is time to stop bending over backwards, giving insane timeframes, working 12+ hours, and on and on just to get shit on time and time again.

Maybe I'm just getting burnt out from IT but I have been in enough different industries that I know it is the same everywhere. From banks to universities to widget makers. No other job requires such constant pressure and re-education for so little in return. For such a smart group of people we let ourselves get trampled on and beat down to this point. I'll gladly step aside for an H1B Visa holder to take my spot for less money and I will go do a "regular" non-IT job for less money and normal hours. All jobs have stress and assholes and problems, but sys admin is just not worth it.

Appreciation Day for All! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28900159)

I've never understood why IT workers think they deserve special thanks or praise. They are just doing their job like everyone else. Do you want a cookie every time you replace someones keyboard or fix their monitor? That is what you get paid to do!

The funniest are those IT guys that think they're smarter than, for example, the lawyers when they go help someone out in the legal department. If you were so smart than maybe you should've gone to law school rather than get your cert at the local CC!

I am a sysadmin and I appreciate the work IT people do but please, do you really think you deserve special praise or that you have to put up with more crap than others? Do we also need to have a marketing person, building maintenance, outreach coordinator, vice president appreciation day? No. Get over yourselves and be grateful you have a job that's not digging ditches.

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