Thursday, February 23, 2006

About this SnTT thing....

From a message I found sitting on my desktop last night:

Thomas: Funny thing at work today... a coworker was looking for an answer to something, and her summary statement was "And Stan Rogers comes through for me again!"...

While I heartily applaud this community effort, I don't think this is one of the places you should be looking for a lot of contributions. Folks, it's not that I don't want to share what I've learned with the community at large, but that Thursday is just another day of the week, you know? For the past couple of weeks I've felt kind of guilty about staying out of the Thursday thing while I try to rescue a career from the wreckage of my life -- between the book, the suite and trying to launch a business, I really haven't had the time to launch into an article-length presentation or to try to think about a problem that hasn't already been solved in a hundred ways before.

Then I got the message you see above from our Duffbert. And I ran a quick agent that gave me this:

And suddenly, I don't feel quite so guilty anymore.

12 comments:

Joe Litton said...

Nah, Guilt sucks. I see the Thursday thing as something to help motivate those of us who are NOWHERE NEAR as prolific as you in the posting of assistance in the forums. I do believe I've seen your name more (far more) than any other when I've searched Notes.net

Thanks for all you do - and continue to do - for the Domino and human communities.

Anonymous said...

I'm kind of surprised you didn't just throw together an agent to randomly select one of your LDD answers and post it automagically every Thursday. <*grin*>

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Rob McDonagh

Chris Toohey said...

Stan,

To anyone in or outside of this community that would give you any grief about not "contributing" to this call-to-collaborate, just send them the code behind that agent.

If you do, just be prepared to have to answer the slob's question when he posts in the forums "So I wrote this code... but how..."!

You rock! You're one of the best I've seen with your abilities to think outside of the vendor shrinkwrap for a solution, and your advice can often be regarded as THE way to get the job done.

Leave the SnTT postings for the guys like me that really need to start giving back to a community that's helped me countless times!

Karen said...

Stan, you need to give back to the community like... oh, I don't know, like Ed Brill needs more frequent flyer miles. In fact, there should be a give back to Stan Rogers day in my opinion. You know how buildings are named after people (when they aren't being named for corporate sponsors, I mean)? It should be the Stan Rogers LDD. Guilty... pfff.

Esther said...

Stan, you've gotten most of us out of trouble more times than we can count. Absolutely do not feel guilty about this. As Joe says, for me it's just a motivational thing; a way to try and keep the blog going when I don't have anything else worthwhile to say :o)

Adeleida said...

Just a few days ago I was at a client and we together searched for something on Notes.net, and as we scrolled through the first page with hundreds of potential answers, I pointed out to her an answer given by you and said, don't worry about the others, this guy is good, just read his posts. Thank you for all the time you spend giving back. It definitely makes me feel incredibly guilty for having a very shy number of posts on those forums.

Gregg Eldred said...

And then Stan is asked to contribute:

http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/nd6forum.nsf/DateAllThreadedweb/9ba00cc6cf7e983c852571220055e095?OpenDocument

LOL! Stan, don't you have a disclaimer on this code somewhere? :-)

Stan Rogers said...

That's just a very small part of it, Gregg. Before I modified my profile on LDD to seem, um, less than appreciative of direct solicitations, I'd often get more than a hundred emails a week with requests ranging from, "I know I could have read it in Help in less time that it took to type it in an email, but I'll ask you anyway," to, "I have attached database with a form A and a view, and it needs to work like BaseCamp, but in the Notes client. Can you tell me what's missing?"

I like to share, but sometimes....

Ashish Sidapara said...

I guess Stan has already "showed and told" !!

Ashish Sidapara said...

Opps!
I meant "Shown and Told".

Anonymous said...

Stan, what can I say that others haven't said already? This afternoon, after struggling all day with a LotusScript problem, I searched LDD on the error message, and lo and behold, you'd solved the exact same problem for another person about a year ago. Copy and paste, and the error message goes away and the agent works.

So, I think to myself "Haven't checked out Stan's blog for a while" and there's your post.

Your brilliance with Notes, and your generosity in sharing your knowledge with us learners is bound to result in some poor souls expecting you to do their job for them or hold their hand trolling through the help files. Feel free to just smile and ignore them. Bottom line is, you've got to look after yourself if you're going to continue to be such a blazing beacon in the Notes community.

Best wished from Australia.

Helen.

Anonymous said...

I am a lowly admin. I love the forums. I know you from them. I'm in the UK so we kinda don't do the show'n'tell thing and maybe don't buy into the Thursday thing as much as the USA(?). Knowing you, from the Forums, it was a pleasure to find you blog, and a sadness to find out all was not well with you. A close colleague has a tumour in his shoulder, rendering his left arm close to useless - impending amputation quite a shock, too. The Domino/Notes resurgence has given me so much optimism and nobody can judge you physically on the web. I'm fat, but I have all my limbs and my back works perfectly. I am so delighted that you meet everyone as an (above perhaps) equal, virtually. The great leveller, perhaps?
MAy you always be valued for your contribution, Stan. You'll always be a virtual 'David' to me - check your fig-leaf, darling, I need to keep control!