For those of you who don’t know, WT, or sometimes WMT, short for Webmaster Talk, is a forum of highly intelligent people discussing how to run a small business over the internet, among other subjects. Not very surprisingly, this is a popular subject on the web, and WT is not at all unique in turning a forum over to it. They’re unique in the people they’ve managed to attract.
Diana, aka LadynRed, seems like the world’s expert in markup. There is no HTML or CSS question she can’t answer, and it’s usually done in minutes. She’s pretty good with the Adobe software (Flash, Photoshop, etc), but this doesn’t interest me in the least. Steve, aka Van Gogh, and Chris, aka Chirs Hirst, aka the comic book man from The Simpsons, are experts in marketing, search optimization, and so on. Even if Chris H calls it optimisation.
What surprises me is a wider internet phenomenon, that people willingly donate their time to help strangers. This happens across the internet, almost no matter the subject. Yet, I watch advice given out that would cost hundreds of dollars, with detailed appraisals of code of all sorts, for all reasons.
My wish is that the database forum would be more used. There aren’t enough good challenges in there. 😀 Before long, it will be 20 years of professional experience I have in SQL programming. Like the rest, I enjoy helping solve questions, at least the ones offered in good faith. I’m only where I am because of all the help I’ve received from more people than I could ever count, and I’d like to pay the world at large back in ways like sharing knowledge. It should be freee anyway, and, like a candle, it can be shared with no cost.