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