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Welcome to the May 2014 edition of the DaniWeb Digest

We start this month with an apology to all our members who log in to DaniWeb via Facebook. Towards the end of April we realised that this login function had stopped working, not only preventing existing members from accessing DaniWeb but preventing new ones from joining. Unfortunately, the login via Facebook function was effectively broken for several days. Although we fixed the problem, which was caused by changes at the Facebook end that we were not immediately aware of, as soon as it was brought to our attention we unreservedly apologize to the large numbers of our community who were unable to reach us as a result of the glitch for any inconvenience caused.

Finding the right forum

We've noticed that a number of new members have been posting their questions in the wrong forums recently, which not only adds to the workload of our already busy volunteer moderating team (who have to manually move them to the correct forum) but also means there is much less of a chance of getting the help that is being sought. Think about it, if you are asking for help regarding C++ and you ask for help in a forum manned by experts in Java, well, you just are not going to get the same level of response as you would have done had you asked the exact same question in the [C++ forum]( ).

Here are six quick tips to getting the best out of DaniWeb:

1. Search first ask second

Before you post your question, use the DaniWeb search function to check if someone has not only already asked the same thing but importantly whether the answer you seek is already sitting there waiting for you to find it.

2. Find the right forum

If you can't find the help you need in the extensive live support archive that is the DaniWeb forum database, then make sure you post your question in the right place. Clicking on the main categories at the top of the page will reveal further categories and the chances are there will be a forum which is absolutely perfect for your needs - so use it!

3. Use tags

Also, makes sure you use our post tagging system to ensure the greatest visibility for your posting. Use appropriate tags that relate specifically to the question you are asking, and not generic tags that will not bring the expert help you seek. If you have not been able to find an appropriate sub-forum for your posting then you can post in the main category instead, and use the tagging system to make sure your post gets before the eyes of the community.

4. Think about your title

The title is the first thing most people will see, and if they are quickly scanning through forum posts then a poor title that lacks any meaningful information is likely to get overlooked. Make sure that the title is concise and relevant to the question you are asking, don't be generic and don't just say 'help!'

5. Be detailed

In the same way that your post title needs to be descriptive, so does your post itself. However, the difference between the two is that your question should be as detailed as possible. If you are asking for help with code, post the code you have already so we can see what you've done and where the problem is (remember we won't do your homework for you, but we will help point you in the right direction if you've made the effort) and if it's a non-code problem then make sure you give us as much information as possible to enable us to help you out.

6. Don't spam

And finally, please do not use our forums as a vehicle simply to advertise your products or services. If you want to advertise with us, we have plenty of information about our rates here. Of course, if your product or service is directly related to the question being asked, and genuinely helps to solve the problem being faced, then it is acceptable to reference it within your answer to that posting. Our moderators are, however, well versed in spotting blatant advertising posing as a genuine response and will deal with it accordingly...

Member of the Month

It's that time again where we induct another deserving member of the DaniWeb community into our virtual Hall of Fame as member of the month. This time around both members and moderators alike nominated Labdabeta and we can see why when you go by the numbers: 770 contributions, 161 reputation points, 95% post quality score and a member for three years. Being a member of the month does of course, however, involves a lot more than simple statistics; it's all about the person. So, without further ado, let's find out a little more about Louis...

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

I am originally from Bowmanville, ON after which I moved to Port Hope, ON and I currently live in Waterloo, ON.

How old are you?

I am 19 years old.

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

I am currently on a Cooperative Education term during my Software Engineering program at the University of Waterloo. As for unusual past occupations I haven't really had much experience, so I am unfortunately lacking in them.

What is your favorite OS and why?

My favourite OS is probably Ubuntu (Kubuntu is nice too) because it is fast and once it is setup properly it requires very little maintenance. On top of that, the Linux environment offers some useful utilities such as a well-built console for software engineers. However since I am a bit of a gamer and many games will not run under WinE, I have Windows OSes installed on most of my machines.

What first brought you to DaniWeb?

I had an issue with a piece of code, and found DaniWeb to be a more friendly place to ask for help than Stack Exchange which seems less personal.

What makes you stay here?

I love how I have the opportunity to both help and be helped. The way the site is setup, it is easy for me to make checking the forums a sort of habitual activity. On top of that, the personal quality of these forums has allowed me to make a few acquaintances whom I would now consider friends.

What is your favorite forum and why?

I would say that the C++ forum is my favourite, merely because I am most knowledgeable and most active in that area.

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

My favourite activity, when not programming, is skiing. Despite living in an area distinctly lacking in quality ski facilities I try to find my way to a mountain as often as possible. I also keep up-to-date on the educational YouTube channels (SciShow, CGPGrey, minutephysics, numberphile, etc.) and on xkcd.

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

The best thing about DaniWeb overall would be that it has a personal feel because of the chronologically ordered replies (as opposed to Stack Exchange's heuristically sorted method). If I could change one thing it would be the difficulty in determining which threads are, in a way, 'open'. The 'Be the first to reply' button is helpful, but it would be nice if there was a quick visual way to see if the last reply was from the person that opened the thread, that way if there were say 2 replies we could easily see if it has been answered twice or if it has been answered and then elaborated. More emphasis on the live chat rooms would be nice as well.

Any fascinating facts about yourself that you would like to share with the DaniWeb community?

I was raised in a Jewish household, and still follow Jewish customs, however I am not really an avid believer in a higher power (except as a cop-out for those who are unhappy with Gödel's incompleteness theorems and use deities to create 'complete' theories). I also went to a private school where I was introduced to programming as well as a multitude of interesting experiences that most people do not get a chance to experience.

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