16
Jan

Will wonders never cease

Those of you who have been following the soap opera that is (or was) my relationship with Experts Exchange will get a kick out of this. Heck, you might get a kick out of it even if you’re not intimately familiar with all the details.

Back in 2009, I was introduced to Craig Kelher, who had recently been hired by EE as its QA manager. Those of you who have been around EE long enough to remember the days when EE’s marketing staff was bigger than its development team will remember that the idea of hiring a Q&A team was a welcome improvement. The problem, of course, was that the development staff was building systems designed by the marketing department — a group that had no clue when it came to how EE worked for users, or how users used EE. The result was systems that functioned, but didn’t really work very well.

As one of EE’s Admins, part of my job was to help staff identify and prioritize what most of us called “bugs” — even if, in the technical sense of the word, they weren’t, because after all, they did what the marketers had asked for. Unfortunately, Mr Kelher’s department was on the receiving end of the complaints, a circumstance that didn’t exactly endear me to him.

Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago. Mr Kelher, who has now been promoted to “Director of Quality Assurance & Community Relations”, sent a message to my non-Badger account asking “I would like to discuss a few things with you, including the Impact Award for 2016. Do you have some time to have a video call?” Since Netminder hasn’t been able to participate on the site since late July, I didn’t reply, because I don’t see how the opinion of someone who was rather abruptly terminated would matter to the people who terminated him; had I suggested any specific member to receive what I considered the most important award EE hands out, my merely suggesting it might well have disqualified that individual.

Last Wednesday, things got even more surreal. Another message appeared in my inbox: “We would like to honor your service on Experts Exchange with the Impact Award for 2016. Please let me know if you are willing to accept this award.”

The Impact Award was officially created and first awarded as such in January 2010 to reward someone whose contributions to the site during the previous year weren’t recognized in other ways (most points, most answers, most articles and so on). Netminder doesn’t really qualify (after all, he was fired halfway through the year), and ericpete hasn’t done much of anything for years, so he doesn’t qualify either.

I spent a lot of years trying to provide a pipeline through the firewall between the users of the site and its various development and management teams. Based on their actions of last July, those activities were of no value to the current regime at EE, and since then, most of my contributions, however meager I might think them to be, have been dismantled, diminished or suppressed to the point of irrelevance.

The words “incredulous”, “dumbfounded” and “flabbergasted” come to mind.

12
Dec

Lounge certificates

Courtesy of coral47 and BillDL:

Download coral’s “certificate0.jpg” and save this HTML file into the same folder.
Create_Certificate.html
Open “Create_Certificate.html” in a text editor and change the text in between the > and < in the following lines:
<DIV class=member>Your User Name</DIV>
<DIV class=level>Lounge – Einstein Level</DIV>
<DIV class=poinks>1,000,000,000,000,000 Poinks</DIV>
Save changes and close text editor.
Double-Click to open “Create_Certificate.html” in the default browser and you can print it physically or to PDF.

9
Dec

A few words from our sponsors

  1. This site isn’t moderated in the sense that I read every post and decide whether or not it should appear. That being the case, read the comments at your own risk, and don’t bother writing me to tell me how horrible someone is. My father used to tell me “there’s room in the world for all kinds”, and while I suspect he might have made an exception for “President Trump”, he generally managed to dismiss those who proved the maxim about not remaining silent to be true.
  2. There’s no BNBR policy. If you don’t like what someone writes here, you’re more than welcome to move on to someplace else. Any moderation of people or posts will be done in the spirit of John Scalzi.
  3. Of utmost importance, while I didn’t acquire and maintain this domain for its current purpose, I do consider it a safe haven for those being systematically displaced from a venue they once called home; frankly, I know better than anyone exactly how that feels. As such, while you might be able to comment on threads by signing up through Disqus, you will not be able to start new threads unless you register through this site. More to the point, unless someone already here can vouch that you should be allowed to post here, your phony registrations will be deleted. Not that the prose here is normally particularly noteworthy or profound — but you still don’t get to read it. Just go away, please.

Any questions?

7
Dec

The New home of the Lizards????

This may be the best option for the Lounge.

29
Nov

What happened to ee-stuff.com

If you’re an Experts Exchange member looking for something, sorry about that.

In December 2005, and in my role as Netminder, I acquired this domain as a repository for tools, documents and files that were being used by the Moderators (and later, the rest of the Badger contingent). We later added tools and systems for the use of EE members, including a notifications system, a file upload system, an archive of the Community Newsletter and the toolkits used by the Moderators, Topic Advisors and Cleanup Volunteers.

On July 27, 2016, Netminder’s account was suspended by Experts Exchange, and his permissions removed. Since he can no longer use the systems at ee-stuff.com, there didn’t seem to be any reason to keep ee-stuff.com going, at least as it was originally intended.

Thanks to all of you for your kind, entertaining and unwavering support, both of me and of the community I’ve come to know over the years. You’ve made the last nineteen years a heck of a good ride, but for now, the lights at ee-stuff.com have been turned off.

Sort of.

Eric / Netminder