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    Regulars - what motivates you to answer questions here?

    A question for the "regulars" :
    What motivates you to answer questions on this particular site, as against say the Oracle technical forums (metalink)? The quality of questions posed there are generally a tad better. Not as often do you see a "I can't read the manual" or "I don't want to read" or "I can't google/technet" type of questions.

    Again, I'm not a regular there, nor am I an Oracle employee. I was on it today, and happened to notice some decent stuff - that's all.

    Don't get me wrong - I've both benefitted from and contributed a little here. Obviously, it is a good thing that folks are willing to help out, no matter how mundane the question (or response). I'm just wondering about the motivation of folks with over a 1000 posts. What motivates you to answer questions like "fix my tnsnames.ora" "how do I perform a hot backup" etc? Quite remarkably, Tom still gets some of those on his site too!

    Okay, back to work now..

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    Boredom, and the delusion that someone might offer me a new job.

    Personally I'm a real cherry-picker when it comes to answering questions -- most of them I'm just not interested in.
    David Aldridge,
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    Originally posted by slimdave
    Boredom, and the delusion that someone might offer me a new job.

    Man, you're brutally honest!

    Personally, the reason I don't spend more time on the Oracle technical forums is - I hate the UI.

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    For me it's a kind of gym where I get a workout. These are (usually) real-life problems which give me a chance to test my skills (if any).

    The ones I like best are those that are at the limit of my capabilities - where I react with "I should know the answer to that!". Five minutes searching around perhaps fixes a problem and I've learned something - and Dave or Tamil will gently put me right if I stray (or pando will blast me out of the water, Jeff doesn't bother coz he only does ABW ).

    P.S. agree about Meatlink

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    For me it helps me to test my skills. I'm in a job where they don't require all that much of me, and its nice to have a distraction when I need it. I'm not at 1,000 post yet, but I'm one closer now.

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    When you have my amount of knowledge, tact, humanity, and overall concern for others it would be a crime to keep this all to myself.
    I see myself as the forum humanitarian.

    With Love, Peace, and Understanding.

    MH
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    Mr. H's post breakdown:
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    Originally posted by Mr.Hanky
    When you have my amount of knowledge, tact, humanity, and overall concern for others it would be a crime to keep this all to myself.
    I see myself as the forum humanitarian.

    With Love, Peace, and Understanding.

    MH
    Somethings are best kept to one's self.
    You above all else should know that Mr. Hanky.

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    Originally posted by slimdave
    Personally I'm a real cherry-picker when it comes to answering questions -- most of them I'm just not interested in.
    Me too. I used to answer a bunch questions across the board, but now I pick and choose in areas I am interested in, areas I can make a unique contribution, or correcting something when it's obviously wrong. (I'll have to keep a closer eye on Dapi, though...)
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    Originally posted by gandolf989
    For me it helps me to test my skills. I'm in a job where they don't require all that much of me, and its nice to have a distraction when I need it.
    Admitting you have a problem is the first step!
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