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Happy Holidays!

Welcome to the December 2014 edition of the DaniWeb Digest, our community newsletter. It's hard to believe that yet another year is coming to an end, and it has been another great year for DaniWeb. The registered member count has continued to climb upwards, now standing at an amazing 1.12 million people. The team of volunteer moderators has continued to do an incredible job of looking after the forums, helping to ensure that fellow members get the help they need when they need it. Dani has continued to tweak and improve the site itself, always listening to what the community is saying and working hard behind the scenes to deliver the user experience the members want and deserve. Most of all though, you the members of our wonderful community have continued to support us with your questions, your answers, your code and your chatter. So, here's a big thank you one and all for everything you have done in 2014; and here's hoping for an even better 2015. Happy Holidays everyone, no matter where in the world you may be:

Joyeuses Fêtes - Felices Fiestas - Trevlig Helg - Boas Festas - Mutlu Bayramlar - Sarbatori Fericite - Jie Ri Yu Kuai - Bones Festes - Tanoshii kurisumasu wo - Buone Feste - Ii holide eximnandi - Forhe Feiertage - Prettige feestdagen - Hau'oli Lanui - Beannachtaí na Féile - Vesele Praznike - Selamat Hari Raya - Sretni praznici!

Member of the Month

The latest entrant to the DaniWeb Hall of Fame is minitauros who has been a member of the DaniWeb community for three years now and during that time kept an impressive 98 per cent overall post quality score across nearly 700 postings. If that were not enough, he's also built up 80 reputation points which places this member at number 317 (out of 1.12 million) in our all time reputation chart. For the most part, minitauros can be found posting in the PHP forum where he offers sage advice for all. Let's discover a little more about the person behind the username...

Where were you born, where do you live now, where would you most like to live?

I was born in Zwolle, The Netherlands and I currently live in Groningen, which is also in The Netherlands (about 100km to the north). Where I would like to live.. I haven't found an answer to that question yet. I'm thinking about Scandinavia, but I've been in the US this summer and I must admit that I liked it, so I don't really know yet.

How old are you?

I'm 24.

What is your occupation, what's the worse job you've ever done, what would be your fantasy job?

I'm currently a PHP developer for a company in Groningen. I've completed a study called Communication Systems, which sort of combines communication and IT. The worst job I've ever done would be working at McDonald's. It was awful.. My fantasy job would be something in the IT business, but with some more client contact and of course with a private chef cooking nice and healthy food for me all day.

What is your favorite OS, what do you like best about it and what stinks?

I'm used to working with Windows, but I've recently started working with Linux (Ubuntu) and I must say that I like it. There's no winner yet, for me, though. I like both. Windows is pretty smooth and solid while in Ubuntu you (feel you) have more direct control over things.

What first brought you to DaniWeb and why did you stay here?

I think I came here through a Google search for an answer to a PHP question, and as soon as I got it answered I felt like I could do something back for the community. I seemed to be able to help some people and that got me motivated to stick along for a bit.

What one thing would you change about DaniWeb if you could?

I think keeping all those registered but unactive members in the "real members" counter is not really displaying the actual situation. DaniWeb to me is a community of a lot of - but not millions - nice people wanting to learn about/help with all sorts of IT related topics.

Do you have a favorite forum on DaniWeb and why?

The Web Development forums. Because I know most about it and because it's the most relevant to me. I can still deepen my knowledge there because there are other members who know more than me of some of the problems in the questions asked.

Which DaniWeb member would you most like to meet 'in real life' and why?

I don't have a clue. Anyone who is nice and genuine and wants to have a nice chat about anything.

What do you think of the DaniWeb Reward Points scheme, and have you cashed out using it yet?

I think it's pretty cool, but I haven't used it yet. It does give me some kind of feeling of self worthiness because I can actually be rewarded for helping people, even if they don't give me a thanks, because other community members can still say "wow, hey, you did a good job there!".

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

Friends, books, life, psychology, sports, health, travelling.

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