A funny thing happened on the way to the forum
By Tim Dexter on Sep 10, 2009
Give yourself a pat on the back ... why so?
Well if you have been out on the BIP forum lately as I have, you'll notice a few things.
- The explosion in the number of threads and questions out there. Jumping up a level to the Business Intelligence Foundation level where you get to see the forums by the numbers. You'll notice that the BIP forum is way up there with big view, threads and message numbers.
That I guess could be construed as a good or bad thing. Bad in that there are so many questions out there, is the doc not up to it? But good in that there are so many folks working with BIP and moving beyond the basics and getting stuck into some hard core BIPing. I'll go with the latter, especially since ...
- The number of folks giving back and answering questions is fantastic. Honorable mentions to Vetsrini, stevencallan, rwillems, Colectionaru, nagornyi, M14, Sattti, rmembrere and Norman. I have to admit to not having been frequenting the forum of late but have been back in recently and contributing. I'm impressed at the quality of the questions, by that I mean how tough the dang things are. No more noob questions we are into hard core grouping, bursting, extension questions ... good stuff!
One request, please add your name to your profile or at least a slightly amusing alias, you know who you are 'Oracle's Mascot'. It makes it easier to provide answers, for me anyhoo rather than 'Hi User1234567890'
And as for you Oracle folks abusing the forum, Im disappointed in you :0) You have your own main line (albeit sometimes broken) to the internal development community. If you ask a question and get an answer, please give back and provide an answer to someone else's question.
There is a mine of useful stuff in the forum answers. Trying to search for answers is a bit of a nightmare. If you have some time, try tagging your questions/answers it will help the search engines.
Finally, reward those answering your questions by giving them the points they deserve. Sadly, points don't mean prizes but they do mean some kudos within the community and contribute to possible future ACEdom.
Thanks for all the effort out there, it really contributes to a better Publisher community!