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Welcome to the September 2013 DaniWeb Digest

This month the newsletter is a mixture of the old and new: there's a great new feature built into DaniWeb to make your life easier, and a great new Moderator to add to the experienced team who are here to help the community. As for the old, well there's some long in the tooth advice about how not to get your postings deleted, and a long time member who has found his way into the DaniWeb Hall of Fame. Enjoy!

Bookmark it!

You know how your favorite web browser client has that bookmark functionality that lets you save a quick link back to a page you have found interesting, entertaining or useful? Well wouldn't it be a cool idea if DaniWeb had something similar, something that could enable you to build a library of categorised quick links, or bookmarks if you prefer, back to individual posts that you might want to read again? Dani has been burning the candle at both ends again, and we are now pleased to announce that the DaniWeb bookmark function is available to one and all. See that little 'bookmark' link next to every post? Well, clicking on it lets you add a custom category of your choosing under which to file a link to the post in question (or select an existing category once you get started) and that post will then show a 'heart' icon next to it. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and you will find the 'bookmark' link, which lets you then browse your saved pages and return to them in an instant. No more searching and scratching of heads when you know there was something you wanted to read again but just can't find it. Don't confuse this with the existing 'Watched Articles' feature though, that is still there and quite different: it lets you set up email updates to notify you when articles that you are interested in have been updated. Why not use both features and make DaniWeb an even more memorable experience?

Originality rules

A quick plea from the moderating team here at DaniWeb, for members of the community to be original. By which we mean for one thing that you should ensure that you own the intellectual property rights to everything that you post. It's one of our community rules, and could lead to an infraction if you fail to follow it. Do not simply cut and paste large swathes of text from another site and submit it as your reply to a question, or as a new post here. Quite often such postings are easy to spot, and moderators regularly search for cut and paste content like this. As well as the intellectual property aspect, it's also not helpful for our SEO. Search engines such as Google will apply a penalty when the same content has been copied to multiple sites. Worse of all, such behavior is most often associated with spammers: both those that seek to include an obfuscated link to their own sites under selected keywords in the article text, and those who use the method as a quick way to post something with a signature attached for no other reason than to publicise the links in it. It's easy to see how the moderators might think you are a spammer yourself if you follow their patterns of work. Finally, a quick reminder not to post editorial articles that you have already published on another website (for the same search engine penalty reasons). The keyword to take away is to keep it original folks, if you want to repeat information found elsewhere then either link to it if it's relevant to the discussion or re-write in your own words.

Welcome the new (old) guy

JorgeM won't be a new name to many of you, especially if you have spent any time in the hardware and software forums here on DaniWeb where he's a regular poster helping out anyone with a problem he can tackle. However, he has just taken on a new role within the community: JorgeM is our newest Moderator. Please take the time to welcome him to the team.

Member of the Month

The latest addition to the DaniWeb 'Hall of Fame' has been part of the community here for two years now. During this time he has earned 99 reputation points, made 821 contributions and helped solve 102 Q&A's. With a well deserved 88% post quality score, you can find him most often in the PHP, C++ and C# forums. We interviewed Phorce to find out what makes him tick...

Where are you from originally, and where do you live now?

I am originally from the North of England, however, as I grew older I became obsessed with living in London and so therefore, as part of my studies I moved there in order to complete my degree and "live the dream". I love London as a city; for all the fantastic cites as well as the business and the general atmosphere gives the vibe to achieve and do more with my life and career.

How old are you?

I am 22 years old.

What is your current occupation, ever done anything unusual in the past?

My current occupation is a Student studying my Masters in Computer science, however, my main interest is in signal processing, specifically in Speech Recognition which I focused more on in my final year as an undergraduate. My thesis involved writing a library in C++ which processed a .wav files which contained keywords from "speakers" and then using different models (Hidden Markov Models and Dynamic Time warping) each of the models were able to train themselves in order to identify the specific keywords. I learnt a lot from doing this project, and, it was a challenge overall to complete which meant I had no life and did not do the "studenty things" other people were doing however, in the end I gained satisfaction at the end. With regards to have I ever done anything unusual in the past, I don’t know what I am allowed to admit!! I once got into a strangers car thinking it was my friends and told them to drive, this was an embarrassing moment for me. I also once helped run a community driven website and accidentally ran a query and changed everyone's usernames to numbers and realised we stupidly did not keep back ups!

What is your favorite OS and why?

My current OS is Mac OS X Lion 10.7.5 but do not have a favourite. I use both Windows and Linux (Ubuntu & Debian) in both work and pleasure and do not participate in the dreaded “Windows Mac wars” that seem to happen. my belief is that if an operating system works for you, then that’s the most important thing.

What first brought you to DaniWeb?

I first joined DaniWeb when I became properly into programming and was searching for a solution I had to a problem on Google and DaniWeb, and, the solution was the first link on Google and ever since then I have been hooked and got the enjoyment and satisfaction of helping people and replying to threads, although, at first it was daunting incase my answer was not right and halted as I thought the “elite” members would disapprove of my answer. After a while I became more confident and realised there was nothing to worry about and everyone is friendly!

What makes you stay here?

What makes me personally stay at DaniWeb is the community that exists throughout the site. I also enjoy reading and learning as well as participating in questions that are being asked. For example, if someone posts a question and I do not personally know the answer, I will watch that thread and see the responses which enables me to learn more about a specific topic. It’s kind of become an addiction for me, even if I am just checking to see what are the latest questions on particular forum like C++ and PHP and most recently the Community section in which I do this on a daily basis. To summarise, being a part of DaniWeb enables me to expand my knowledge and attempt share and educate other people that are just starting out in programming as I know what it was like. I personally believe that every programmer should be involved inside a community of developers, like DaniWeb as there is nothing better being a part of a community that enjoys what it is that you are doing and want to help when you do not understand particular topics and for me, DaniWeb offers this completely.

What is your favorite forum and why?

I am a member of a lot of forums, however, I have to say that DaniWeb is my favourite. The reason is because I do not feel like a small fish in a massive pond. Here, DaniWeb provides a good, close community where you actually get noticed for the effort that you put into the site where other platforms and forums do not. I personally do not feel like an average member like I do on other Forums which makes DaniWeb so great. In terms of Forums on DaniWeb I have to say that the C++/PHP and Community center are my favourites. C++ and PHP because these two languages are my main interests and therefore I can participate in these two topics confidently and I also enjoying reading the replies from other members that participate within these two topics. The community center provides a less focused topic where members can express how they feel, have a laugh and play forum type games which also interests me. I also enjoy reading the latest going-ons and generally interacting with the community on topics that are often unrelated to IT or programming.

What are your interests outside of IT and outside of DaniWeb?

I have many interests outside of IT and DaniWeb, however, they all somehow seem to relate back to these topics. In particular, my interests are as follows:

While studying I became obsessed with the gym and nutrition (Far from the typical English student life of beans on toast and noodles!) I still continue this and when I am not coding or doing other techy/geeky things you will find me in the Gym and following a strict diet. At the moment, I have just finished a “bulking” phase and now I am leaning and shredding. I also enjoy travelling, and visiting various places and finding how other cultures live and hopefully before I finally leave this planet, I would have liked to see the whole of it. I enjoy reading; however, again, I relate this back to IT because I tend to be reading books to further my understanding of a particular subject. I have a lot of reference C++ books, signal processing and PHP. At the moment, I am reading a book on Prolog by Rob Lucas.

Name the best thing about DaniWeb overall, and one thing you would change if it were in your power?

This is a difficult question since there are a lot of things that I could class as the “best”. I would have to say that at the moment I am enjoying the chat rooms and encourage more people to participate in them mainly because it brings the community together and allows a real time discussion away from writing on the forums. If I had to change one thing if I was in power then it would be to bring a more community driven website by providing the users with more powers and abilities. Also, bringing together a broader range of topics, that, don’t have to be around technology and could be about anything (e.g. Fitness) so some kind of recommended section and obviously bring back the SEO aspect of DaniWeb which would bring more members as well as more questions and more topics to keep DaniWeb active constantly.

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