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Welcome to the October edition of the DaniWeb Digest, our newsletter that is exclusively for members of the DaniWeb family.

We are going to start this month with a question: Do you think you have the skills required to be successful at DevSecOps? It's a pretty big question when you come to think of it, after all DevOps is fast becoming the prevalent approach to building and operating digital products and services, and security is a key component of that. We ask the question as the 2017 DevSecOps Global Skills Survey recently found that software developers simply are not receiving the training they need to be successful as DevOps. Some of the numbers that caught our attention included 70 percent stating they don't think the 'security education' they have got is adequate for the requirements of the position they currently hold, and 40 percent of hiring managers reporting that the hardest employees to find are the all-purpose DevOps gurus with security testing expertise. What's your opinion on this? Come and join the conversation on DaniWeb which you can find right here.

Let's stick with the questions, but this one is rhetorical: Are you a spammer? The chances are, if you are actually reading this newsletter, that your answer will be a resounding no. Maybe the question should have been: Are you an unintentional spammer? Now the answer becomes a little less clear cut. Decent members of the community never intend to post spam, but often end up doing so nonetheless. Understanding what spam is, or rather what the DaniWeb definition of a spam posting is, remains key to avoiding finding yourself in this embarrassing position. So here's a quick reminder.

If you cut and paste answers from other sites, rather than use your own experience to answer them, then you are spamming the site. Such posts don't have to include a link connected to some keyword, or have a signature file publicising some service operated by the poster, although these do make identifying them as spam a much more obvious thing. It's easy to see how the moderators might think you are a spammer yourself if you follow their patterns of work. You are also probably infringing upon the intellectual property rights (IPR) of another organisation or individual, so don't do it either as a reply or as a root question. After all, it is one of our community rules that you only post that to which you own the IPR.

Then there's the rather straightforward use of DaniWeb forums simply and purely 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.

So what about posts with a genuine signature (using the system process for adding one via your user control panel rather than including a pseudo-sig in your posting) advertising your business then, does that make you a spammer? Nope, not at all. We all like to say something about ourselves, beyond the impression given by our contributions to the community of course. That's where the signature file comes in, which enables members to say something and include a link to their website or somewhere else interesting if they wish. Remember that your signature will only be displayed when you start a discussion topic, and not within the replies to it. When DaniWeb switched to the new layout, it was determined that signatures were taking up too much screen estate, especially in long discussions, and so the 'Original Poster Only' solution was imposed. Remember also, that posts that are only made in order to expose a signature are pretty easy to spot and once again are against DaniWeb community rules and considered as spam.

In Memory of Ancient Dragon

It has been two years now since Melvin Richard Stober, best known to DaniWeb members as Ancient Dragon, passed away. Melvin was, without any exaggeration, a DaniWeb legend. A retired Senior Master Sergeant for the United States Air Force, Melvin passed away at the age of 71. His legacy, however, lives on.

Looking at his stats reveals part of the reason for this: he remains the number one ranked member by post count with an incredible 27,904 postings, number one for helping answer 3,153 Q&As as well. Then there's his number two position in the reputation points chart with an amazing 5,243 and the number four ranking based on 139 skill and expertise endorsements. As we say, these are only part of the reason and the remainder is what drove those numbers.

Melvin was a giant of a man, intellectually and in terms of character. What he didn't know about C programming in particular really wasn't worth knowing, and the generally humble method of his teaching meant that he shared that knowledge with the widest possible audience. "He had a wealth of knowledge and always a great attitude with everyone" is typical of the comments posted by members after his death, and sums up the man for me. Or how about "My memories of Mel will be for his community spirit. When I think of the number of times that we goaded him into discussion about some contentious issue, it brings a smile to my face. We were rarely on the same side of the argument, but he always conducted himself as a true gent, while people around him were losing their rags and showing their worst sides - myself included."

Do yourself a favor, when you've got a spare moment go and browse through some of the many and varied postings made by Ancient Dragon and either discover, or re-discover, why we here at DaniWeb will never, must never, forget him. Melvin, we salute you!

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