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  1. Regulars are becoming Irregular

    My observation is that over the past few months many of our regulars
    seems to be drifting away, making fewer contributions or none at all.

    Why?

    I can speculate:

    1. The quality of questions here in CDMA has been low;
    2. The regulars are busy with paying work;
    3. Contributing to the MS groups may result in recognition in the form
    of MVP status;
    4. Long held ideas and reputations are sometimes challenged here.

    Is CDMA withering?



  2. Re: Regulars are becoming Irregular

    lyle fairfield wrote:

    >3. Contributing to the MS groups may result in recognition in the form
    >of MVP status;


    That won't make a difference. MS recognizes contributes due to mailing lists, online
    forums such as utteraccess.com and other newsgroups. Even user group leaders are
    now MVPs.

    Tony
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  3. Re: Regulars are becoming Irregular

    Tony Toews [MVP] wrote:
    > lyle fairfield wrote:
    >
    >> 3. Contributing to the MS groups may result in recognition in the form
    >> of MVP status;

    >
    > That won't make a difference. MS recognizes contributes due to mailing lists, online
    > forums such as utteraccess.com and other newsgroups. Even user group leaders are
    > now MVPs.
    >
    > Tony

    I have always been irregular.

    Bob

  4. Re: Regulars are becoming Irregular

    "lyle fairfield" wrote

    > My observation is that over the past few months many of our regulars
    > seems to be drifting away, making fewer contributions or none at all.


    If our regulars are becoming irregular, do you think we should be taking up
    a collection to buy them some Metamucil or psillium fibers?

    Actually, I do not know for certain. DPM and others, at one time, made the
    place so unpleasant that many of us who had not done so before began to
    answer questions elsewhere. Arvin Meyer, back at that time, got out of the
    habit of visiting here, and only occasionally drops in.

    More recently, PCDatasheet was disruptive, but not enough to irritate anyone
    into leaving, I suspect, and DPM seems to have drifted away.

    A few other "old timers" are out of the Access business, at least for now,
    but they'll likely show up again if they begin to work more with "our
    favorite database".

    Maybe some just got "burned out" -- it happens to me, from time to time.
    Newsgroups are the last thing to suffer, in my case, but I'm "on hiatus"
    with presentations for my user group from July until November.

    In regards to Tony's comment, not long ago, someone here (not an MVP)
    suggested that if one wants to be an MVP, they ought to move to Utter
    Access. And, it is true that in the last couple of years, a lot of new
    Access MVPs have come via Utter Access -- and, from personal knowledge, they
    are very well qualified. Frankly, I think that's because someone at
    Microsoft took a look at Utter Access, and thought, "Wow, these folks are
    good! I think I'll recommend to the MVP program that they take a look."

    I have two personal acquaintances who are MVPs (one in Access, one in
    ASP.NET) who are very much involved in the "user community" (both lead at
    least one user group) but who rarely, if ever, post to any newsgroups.

    Larry Linson
    Microsoft Office Access MVP



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    Hi Guys,

    This may seem a little trite, but perhaps the feeling of a lack of
    contribution by others is because the volume of information that is
    already put forward is so comprehensive that most everything someone
    can think of is already done and solved. Perhaps the saturation limit
    is being reached?

    The Frog

  6. Re: Regulars are becoming Irregular

    On Mon, 2 Jun 2008 00:26:41 -0700 (PDT), The Frog
    wrote:

    >Hi Guys,
    >
    >This may seem a little trite, but perhaps the feeling of a lack of
    >contribution by others is because the volume of information that is
    >already put forward is so comprehensive that most everything someone
    >can think of is already done and solved. Perhaps the saturation limit
    >is being reached?
    >
    >The Frog


    It's not so much the quantity of posts as it is the quality.
    Many of the posted questions have been asked and answered may times before.
    But the questioners' time is so valuable they can't afford to do any checking.
    This news group is too convenient. "I have a problem. How to fix it? Thank
    you. Goodby until my next problem." I'm amazed at the patience of the
    knowledgable responders.

    As for the answers to questions, the responders must be Houdinis. How in the
    world they can decipher the meaning of some of the questions is beyond me. And
    I make allowances for all the posters for whom English is obviously not their
    primary language.

    Chuck
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    "lyle fairfield" schreef in bericht news:4d436a06-8dd7-4db0-a58c-9f6340935bca@m3g2000hsc.googlegroups.com...
    > My observation is that over the past few months many of our regulars
    > seems to be drifting away, making fewer contributions or none at all.
    >
    > Why?
    >
    > I can speculate:
    >
    > 1. The quality of questions here in CDMA has been low;
    > 2. The regulars are busy with paying work;
    > 3. Contributing to the MS groups may result in recognition in the form
    > of MVP status;
    > 4. Long held ideas and reputations are sometimes challenged here.
    >
    > Is CDMA withering?
    >


    Are you referring to some regulars here specifically ??
    (I don't know if I am/was considered a regular ??)

    For me, the 'PCD-annoyance' last year made me 'drift away' at least for some time.
    After he was gone I was very tired indeed, but still a regular (daily) reader ...

    I am very 'irregular' these days in answering questions.
    I guess the quality of questions is a factor indeed (for me).
    Once I thought this was a place merely for developers...
    But lots of questions are really 'newbee' or just plain 'lazy' questions.

    BTW: Good question Lyle ! ;-)

    Arno R

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    "Chuck" wrote in message
    news:bso744the0u9qs3arlbh537gg3mem2ksb8@4ax.com...
    >
    > "I have a problem. How to fix it? Thank
    > you. Goodby until my next problem." I'm amazed at the patience of the
    > knowledgable responders.
    >


    I'm amazed at how many useful answers don't even receive a "thank you".

    Keith.


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    And I thought I was the only one who had this problem!

    On Jun 2, 8:52*am, Chuck wrote:

    > As for the answers to questions, the responders must be Houdinis. *How in the
    > world they can decipher the meaning of some of the questions is beyond me.


  10. Re: Regulars are becoming Irregular

    >
    > It's not so much the quantity of posts as it is the quality.
    > Many of the posted questions have been asked and answered may times
    > before.
    > But the questioners' time is so valuable they can't afford to do any
    > checking.


    Sure, time is valuable, but I find it sometimes difficult or apparently
    impossible to find the right searchwords.
    If you know the answer to your problem, ha , it is easy to find the words...
    but if you're just puzzled or stunned, then it can be hard.
    And then I'm most happy (and grateful) that there's a newsgroup where
    patient people are willing to help.



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