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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 June 2015 edition of the DaniWeb Digest
Different people come to DaniWeb for different reasons, and that's absolutely fine with us as variety is the spice of life after all. For some, a pressing IT-related question led them to Google which, in turn, led them to DaniWeb and so the first thing they did when arriving here was find the appropriate forum and ask for help. Not everyone finds it that straightforward when it comes to getting the best out of DaniWeb. Indeed, for some it can be rather daunting when they arrive and discover the sheer breadth and depth of information on offer. "How do I get the most benefit out of DaniWeb" is a question that has been asked of moderators and admins alike, and although there are many different 'correct' answers depending on who is asking, there is also a pretty good general purpose one that can apply to everyone. It comes in the form of what you might like to refer to as the DaniWeb Mantra:
Read and learn
DaniWeb is a community-led site, and interaction is the oxygen that breathes life into it. That interaction can start with just reading what's on offer in the subject areas that interest you, but unless you start asking questions of those who provide the information, start talking to those who inhabit our corridors of community. DaniWeb, unlike some of our competitors out there on the Internet, is more than just a place to come and get help: DaniWeb is a real community of IT practitioners, professionals, hobbyists and consumers. You don't have to have a specific question about a coding project or a tech support problem in order to get involved and post something. In fact, here at DaniWeb we positively encourage you to 'join the conversation' by starting a new discussion about tech stuff whatever that may mean to you. Random conversations can grow into valuable information resources. If you prefer, you can use our online chat system to have a more informal discussion with your peers and virtual friends. Whatever, by joining the conversation you become part of the glue that binds this great community together...
Keep it legal please folks
Every now and then we find that it's necessary to remind members that they need to ensure they own the intellectual property rights to everything that is posted. It's one of our community rules, after all, and common sense to boot. Oh, and it could lead to an infraction if you fail to follow it. So, please, 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 publicize 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 rewrite in your own words.
Member of the Month
This month the member we are inducting into the DaniWeb Hall of Fame is NathanOliver who has been a community member for six years now. During his time with us, NathanOliver has contributed more than 2000 posts, unusually all of them have been in one single area and that's the C++ forum. With a 96 per cent post quality score and more than 400 reputation points, he has helped to solve 375 Q&A's along the way. Let's learn a little more about this intriguing character...
Where were you born, where do you live now, where would you most like to live?
I was born in northern Illinois and am still living there. I am getting tired of the winters here so I would love to move somewhere where snow is not an issue.
How old are you?
I am 30 years old.
What is your occupation, what's the worse job you've ever done, what would be your fantasy job?
Currently I am the system administrator and automation specialist for a plastic injection molding company. The worst job I ever had was when I first started working at 16. I was a bagger at a grocery store and some of the customers you had to deal with were very rude. If I could do anything I would love to be a high school math teacher. I love teaching and I am very passionate about mathematics.
What is your favorite OS, what do you like best about it and what stinks?
My favorite OS right now would be windows 7 but that could change with the release of windows 10. I love the UI of windows 7 but the system requirements are a pain.
What first brought you to DaniWeb and why did you stay here?
I first started using DaniWeb when I was learning C++ and needed to look up example code. I realized that there were people asking question that I could answer so I joined up and have been here ever since.
What one thing would you change about DaniWeb if you could?
Really the only thing I would like to see changed on DaniWeb is the amount of traffic. I would like to see more people asking questions and participating in the discussions. There is so much that can be learned when different people share different approaches to the same problem.
Do you have a favorite forum on DaniWeb and why?
I mainly hang out in the C++ forum since that is where I have the most experience. I also like to check in on the Java and PC Hardware forums.
Which DaniWeb member would you most like to meet 'in real life' and why?
I would really love to mike_2000_17. If there is ever something that I am questioning I know that more than likely mike can help me out. I would really love to thank him in person for his help and to pick his brain on my coding topics.
What is the most memorable interaction you've had in the DaniWeb forums, or by PM, in the time you have been a part of the community?
I helped a person on the C++ forum that had a compiler error and couldnâ€™t figure it out. Hey said they had spent a day with it and couldnâ€™t figure it out. I pointed out that the function that was giving him the issue had one letter with a different case then the way the function was declared. I have been in that boat and I could understand how frustrating errors like that can be to find.
What do you think of the DaniWeb Reward Points scheme, and have you cashed out using it yet?
To be honest I havenâ€™t really paid any attention to it. I just try to answer the questions that I can and chime in when I feel it is appropriate. My incentive is that I know that people will be there to help me when I need it.
What are your interests outside of IT and outside of DaniWeb?
I love reading and so I try to read as much as I can. I like just hanging out with my friends and having a good time. I like to relax by walking around the neighborhood and seeing what is going on. I like to golf so I try to go as often as I can.