A funny thing ...
By Tim Dexter on Sep 05, 2008
... happened on the way to the forum. For the uninitiated, Frankie Howerd was a fabulous British comedian from my youth, fantastically camp and ever so slightly 'saucy' - "Oooh nooo missus". I can't think of an American comedian that even comes close?
Now things seemed to have calmed down on the Oracle Forums with respect to performance I think its safe to talk about the new version of the Publisher forum. We have a very active forum, not one of the top guns like SQL or the database but the top BI related
Maybe not in number of threads, Disco still holds that crown but in sheer number of views we have steamed ahead. So it appears folks are at least finding the forum whether directly or through their favorite search engine. I can not say whether the quality of the answers is good enough for folks but that brings me to another talking point.
I have had a couple of mails asking why folks have been demoted to 'noob' status on the forum. The forum is no longer rewarding folks for the volume of posts but now there is a reward scheme for the quality of the posts.
If you ask a question and someone answers it you can award them points, 10 for a perfect answer, 5 for a 'helpful' one. So, if someone has taken the time to look at your question, go and look up the solution or share some of their knowledge please reward them with some points. We are certainly not a forum of newbies so don't be put off by everyone's status.
There are now a core bunch of helpful folks out there contributing to the forum. Im very appreciative, its making my life easier to login of a morning and seeing that Vetsrini, SteveCallan, M14, rwillems and others have jumped into the fray and have bashed out answers to questions. Sorry, if I missed any other regulars, I know I have.
The other new thang is the new message editor, no more pain writing HTML that you could not easily re-edit of you made a mistake, there is now a rich text editor. You can even add emoticons to your post, if you are so inclined?!?
Sadly the only thing lacking, that would really help our forum is the ability to upload files. If I had a dollar for the number of times I see a question that could be so easily answered more quickly, if I could 'see' the template and data files, I'd have a lot of dollars. I guess that wont be here anytime soon. As a workaround, if you can mount your files somewhere on the web and point to them you are going to get an answer much more quickly!
So, onward dear readers, keep posting questions and please give back by answering when you can and very quickly you'll move out of 'noob' status and into the realm of 'Journeyman' Sorry ladies, this is evidently a man's forum, I guess Journeylady, Journeygal or Journeyperson does not trip off the tongue so well :0(