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Welcome to the February 2014 edition of the DaniWeb Digest
It's been another good month for the ground breaking online community where technology publication meets social media, with our registered membership count nudging 1.1 million as we go to press. It's also been another month of long days and sleepless nights for our founder and CEO, Dani Horowitz, as she continues to add functionality and features to DaniWeb. So let's start by taking a look at exactly what Dani has been up to shall we?
Reply by Email
If you open up your member profile edit page you will find a new option, namely the one that says: Subscribe to Mailing List. But what does that actually mean? Well, there's a big clue in the bracketed information that accompanies the option checkbox item. This states that the DaniWeb mailing list "allows you to read and contribute posts via email" and that it "functions like a bidirectional Listserv email discussion group". Anyone who has ever used a Listserv discussion group will immediately be in familiar territory now, and know exactly what to expect. For everyone else, here's a quick guide to our new Reply by Email feature.
Let's start by explaining what the new mailing list option isn't: it's not another method of getting standard notifications that you currently get by email when you subscribe to a posting thread. Even if you opt in you will still get those. It's not a rich-text HTML service either, but rather good old-fashioned plain text all the way to ensure maximum rendering compatibility between various email clients being used. Nor is it meant to be used for posting large code snippets from your IDE, that's something you will want to do via the web interface as usual. Oh, and it's most certainly not a one-way, read-only, street either; this DaniWeb service is a dynamic two-way experience. Finally, it's not available to everyone we're afraid. To be eligible to access the DaniWeb Listserv members must have made at least five posts and have been registered for at least five days. This is one of the security measures we put in place to prevent misuse by drive-by forum spammers.
So that's what it isn't, now onto the fun bit of what it is; and what it is, quite simply, is a method of both reading and contributing posts to your favorite DaniWeb forums by email. There are many reasons why you might not be able, or want, to access DaniWeb via your web browser and the Listserv approach means you have now an alternative available for the first time. The Listserv is designed to present you with an assortment of new articles we think you would be interested in, along with updates to articles you're watching, and to allow you to fully interact with the site all without leaving your email client. Of course, this does by necessity mean you can expect to get a lot of email from us, but that's kind of the point. It's also the reason why this is an opt-in service so as not to flood everyone with unexpected mail. As with all good Listserv-alike services, the DaniWeb Mailing List uses specially configured subject lines which make it really conducive to sorting and filtering the incoming email based on rules which you set up within your favored mail client software. In essence, this means you can automatically, and in real-time, categorise your incoming DaniWeb messages into sub folders of your choosing. We suggest you try filtering all incoming email messages that begin with [DaniWeb] into a separate sub folder in your inbox; then take this a step further to filter all incoming email messages that start with 'Re:' into a sub-sub folder that says "Updates to articles I'm following". You can also have your email client sort into sub folders based on forum. Then, of course, if you want to find something quickly, you can use your email client's search feature.
Where the DaniWeb Mailing List differs from just about any other lists we know of is that it has truly bidirectional integration with a forum, DaniWeb. All the others are simply mailing list-based communities. So, if you want to get your daily fill of DaniWeb entirely within your email client so as to reduce the time it takes to get straight to the help you need and impact less upon your time critical lifestyle, then the DaniWeb Mailing List is for you. It provides a much enhanced ability to filter, sort, and participate in threads and all within your existing email work flow process.
If you thought that sounded like a lot of work behind the scenes, the DaniWeb development team hasn't finished yet; there's also the new Career Profiles feature which has now gone live. In fact, there are two new features implemented within your member profile. The first is the ability to have a curriculum vitae (CV) on show, and you can set that up by clicking here. You will notice that it's configured to produce something that is immediately recognisable to any prospective employer as a CV, including a summary of your experience, details of your employment history, education and honors received. This all integrates with the new Career Profile (take a look at Happygeek's profile here for example) which has been designed to target those outside of the DaniWeb community who can see both your professional and DaniWeb-specific achievements all on one page and at a glance. It's a profile that we hope DaniWeb members will be proud to show off to future employers, one which is designed to give them what they want: an unbiased understanding of who you are as a whole, with data (such as your rank out of one million members) and links to some of your more recent content to back it up, instead of just what you want them to read... And it doesn't finish there, we've now also added the ability to 'Import from LinkedIn' via a one-click button on the edit CV page. This imports everything from LinkedIn, and if you edit your LinkedIn profile consequently and then hit the button again is clever enough to only make the appropriate adjustments on DaniWeb side.
Member of the Month
The latest entrant to the DaniWeb Hall of Fame is Moschops who has been a member of the DaniWeb community for five years. His almost perfect 96% post quality score and position at number 91 (out of nearly 1.1 million members) in the 'Skill & Expertise Endorsements' league attest to how much the community values his contributions. Talking of which, you will most often find Moschops in the C++ forum, and if not there then try the C forum instead.
Where are you from originally, and where do you live now?
I'm from the South-East of the UK, and I'm still living there although I have lived abroad in the past.
How old are you?
I'm in my mid-thirties.
What is your current occupation, and have you ever done anything unusual in the past?
I'm a programmer, or whatever it's called now. I'm not in IT though; it's a very different thing. The most unusual past things I've done include a holiday in North Korea. I was involved in the Libyan insurrection...
What is your favorite OS and why?
My favorite is Ubuntu Linux. It's smooth and simple where I want it, but I can open it up and go as deep as I need.
What first brought you to DaniWeb?
I was in a huff with someone over at cplusplus.com's forums and came here instead!
So what makes you stay here?
The endless trail of people asking how to do graphics in C++. I hear that there was serious talk at the last standards meeting of making graphics part of the standard, which is bad news for me.
What is your favorite forum and why?
The C++ one. It's the only language I have!
What are your interests outside of IT and outside of DaniWeb?
I've got my own parachute!
Name the best thing about DaniWeb overall, and one thing you would change if it were in your power?
The best thing is the continuing existence of old threads. A real goldmine! If I could change anything I'd put the interface back how it was. I am constantly losing my reply or having it apparently revert to an old version or some other such. It's just too clever for its own good.
Any fascinating facts about yourself that you would like to share with the DaniWeb community?
I'm wearing tiger feet slippers as I type this. They're awesome.