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DaniWeb is designed, developed, and maintained by a small team consisting of myself (Dani), James, our systems administrator, and Davey, our community manager. I have been working fulltime, largely behind-the-scenes, and often putting in 80+ hour weeks, ever since I was a teenager, to build DaniWeb into what it has grown into today. Servers are expensive, and all of our expenses are paid for out of my own pocket. We have no debt and have never taken any outside funding since our inception in 2002.
Welcome to the DaniWeb Digest for January 2013
It's hard to believe that we are in 2013 already, and even harder to believe that the "Why hasn't my question been answered?" messages have started arriving within a day of the new year as I write this! As the community admin here at Daniweb, the 'gimme the code' query is probably the number one question that I get asked, almost always by a new member and almost always with a combination of frustration and anger coming to the surface. After all, those members see other questions getting answered and long highly detailed threads emerging around them, and they really want to know why their question is being ignored.
Truth be told, there is no single answer as to why a question doesn't get the expected response from DaniWeb members, but the number of questions that go totally unanswered is very small compared to the number of questioned asked and answered overall. If your question is one of those that has fallen through the cracks and isn't getting any DaniWeb love, then you should first check the following:
Have you posted your question in the most appropriate forum? It is not unusual, rather unsurprisingly, for a technical question about some Pascal code not to get a response if it has been posted in the Windows Servers or Community Introductions forum for example. While DaniWeb members do drop in and participate in multiple forums, and while mods and admins will keep an eye open for poorly placed posts and move them accordingly, if you post your question where the experts in that particular subject congregate then it stands a much better chance of getting answered, and getting answered fairly quickly.
Have you actually asked a question that can be answered? You need to be as specific as possible about the problem you are having, providing as much detail as you can in order for our experts to be able to both understand the exact nature of the issue and provide a possible solution to it. Asking very broad, generic, non-specific questions will just prompt requests for more detail and prolong the time it takes for you to get that solution you are looking for.
Have you actually made an effort to find the answer yourself? Seriously, before you ask the question perform a quick search of the DaniWeb database and check to see if the same problem has already been asked and answered before. Likewise, if your question involves code (such as from a homework assignment for example) then show some evidence of having done some work yourself, with precise pointers to where things are going wrong, and DaniWeb experts will most likely be happy to help. Just parrot-phrase the assignment question and expecting someone else to do all the work for you is not going to get you any DaniWeb community love.
And finally, remember to Create a meaningful title for your question so that members can quickly and clearly see what your problem is when scanning the forums; post your code if you have any as we cannot help if we don't actually know what you've done - but use the CODE button to preserve your formatting and trim your code to the relevant bits rather than forcing members to scan through pages of irrelevant code to find your problem.
Member of the month
Where are you from originally, and where do you live now?
I was born, raised, and have lived in the United States. I currently reside in South Florida with my wife and three children. South Florida has great weather year around and lots to do. I am of Cuban descent. My family came to the US and moved to New York in the 60s.
How old are you?
I am 42 yrs old.
What is your current occupation, and have you ever done anything unusual in the past?
I work in the Information Technology sector. I have done a little of everything... network architecture and design, network administration, network cabling, database support, project management, desktop support, and teaching. My focus has been on Enterprise Network Services during the past few years. I've also picked up web development during the past year or so and have been working nights on several projects. I had an interesting career prior to IT in the banking sector. I worked in an operations center. I worked in a vault just like you see the movies. Lots of cash, coins, armored trucks and cameras. The pay wasn't great, but it was a lot of fun working there.
What is your favorite OS and why?
I generally work with Microsoft Windows. So for the desktop I was stuck on Windows XP for quite some time. Never cared for Vista. After Windows 7 SP1 was released, I made the switch over to 7, but I still find myself turning off themes and simplifying the look and feel to that of a classic Windows XP desktop. In the server family, Windows 2008 R2 has been my OS of choice and I have just begun working with Server 2012 and it looks very good so far. I do very little desktop support these days so I have been mainly working with the Server versions of Windows.
What first brought you to DaniWeb?
A few years ago, I took some time off from teaching at the local colleges and universities. I like to keep my mind busy, so I started to look for online support forums. About a year ago, while doing so research for a client, I came across this forum.
What makes you stay here?
When I first arrived at this forum, I was researching something for a client, and was able to get the answer I was looking for. Since I received help on this site, I decided to give back so I registered, looked around and found a question that I could answer. This site is different than others I have participating in. It seems to have a much tighter community and its administrators/moderators pay attention to the details of the site. I like that very much.
What is your favorite forum and why?
What are your interests outside of IT and outside of DaniWeb?
I enjoy the outdoors, exercising, and reading in the evenings. On the weekends, I like to get up early and either go for a run or a long bike ride. I spend a lot of time with the family trying to enjoy life as much as possible.
Name the best thing about DaniWeb overall, and one thing you would change if it were in your power?
The best thing about DaniWeb in my opinion is that its a one-stop shop. You can get answers to questions in all areas of IT. In addition, every once and a while, you will find some interesting topics in the Community Center. If there was one thing I would change is the voting/reputation and now skill endorsement components. I think that it can be simplified a bit.
What do you like best about the 'new' DaniWeb, and what do you hate?
I've only been a member for the past twelve months and have seen it slowly evolve so I have not really noticed any major changes that I would classify as an old/new site. I find this site to be very well organized and aesthetically pleasing. There are some forum sites out there, that I just cant stand the look and feel. There is nothing on this site that I would classify as hating... but I would like to see some further development on the preview component when posting. It can get annoying some times. It would be nice to have a checkbox to turn it off, or a button where you can preview when you are ready.
Any fascinating facts about yourself that you would like to share with the DaniWeb community?
I really wish there was something I can comment on that your readers would be amazed about. I am just a hard working individual that believes in self responsibility. I enjoy helping others that are focused on helping themselves. I have been there a few times, needing just a little help. I was very fortunate, have done well for myself, and now I like to give back.