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Abu-Dina
Posting Yak Master

United Kingdom
206 Posts

Posted - 01/08/2014 :  10:05:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Whatever happened to these guyes?!

Merkin
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tkizer
Almighty SQL Goddess

USA
36907 Posts

Posted - 01/08/2014 :  12:51:42  Show Profile  Visit tkizer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
eyechart was my manager at my last job. He's still a SQL Server DBA, just not posting on SQLTeam anymore.

Merkin is no longer doing SQL Server stuff. I was in contact with him a couple of years ago on Twitter.

nr is now posting under nigelrivett. He's not as active as he used to be.

Jeff got busy with family and work.

Derrick is now in management and no longer does DBA work. I believe he's like a director of IT or something.

Not sure about rockmoose.

Tara Kizer
SQL Server MVP since 2007
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JimL
SQL Slinging Yak Ranger

USA
1535 Posts

Posted - 01/08/2014 :  13:44:41  Show Profile  Visit JimL's Homepage  Reply with Quote
We lost Brett to cancer but we still have Tara

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madhivanan
Premature Yak Congratulator

India
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Posted - 01/09/2014 :  07:09:25  Show Profile  Send madhivanan a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
As years go by, everyone becomes busy with family and work and do not find enough time to post here. This is why long time members are also not so active.

Madhivanan

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visakh16
Very Important crosS Applying yaK Herder

India
52317 Posts

Posted - 01/10/2014 :  09:49:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
True. Its been a while since we saw some of the regulars with only exception being Tara and an occasional Kristen or SwePeso

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TG
Flowing Fount of Yak Knowledge

USA
6062 Posts

Posted - 01/10/2014 :  12:18:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by visakh16

True. Its been a while since we saw some of the regulars with only exception being Tara and an occasional Kristen or SwePeso

I would certainly grant Kristen and SwePeso honorary "old timer" titles because of their contributions to sqlteam but I'd say they are next generation compared to most of that list
12-14 years is a long time to expect anyone to stay actively involved with a forum.

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Abu-Dina
Posting Yak Master

United Kingdom
206 Posts

Posted - 01/13/2014 :  08:42:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by madhivanan

As years go by, everyone becomes busy with family and work and do not find enough time to post here. This is why long time members are also not so active.

Madhivanan

Failing to plan is Planning to fail



That's very true madhivanan.

I think the type of your day-to-day job can influence how much time you spend on forums focused on a specific technology. Between late 2008 and 2012 I hardly visited SQL Server forums as I was doing different kind of work but as soon as I went back into SQL development I found myself back on the forums. However, I do find myself spending more time on www.SQLServerCentral.com I must admit

Anywhoo, wishing you all a great 2014 and very well-done to the old timers who managed to stick around for so long! Good for you!
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Transact Charlie
Flowing Fount of Yak Knowledge

United Kingdom
3451 Posts

Posted - 01/14/2014 :  09:19:08  Show Profile  Visit Transact Charlie's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I can't count myself an old timer but the reason I don't post so much is very simple:

1) I don't spend a lot of time in the DB any more - I spend most of my time designing platforms and API's and more and more time in C# / python.

2) Kids

3) More responsibility makes it harder to spend time here.

I still get a warm glow whenever I need to write some sql server code but most stuff I do simply shouldn't be inside the db.

Charlie.

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Kristen
Test

United Kingdom
22403 Posts

Posted - 01/15/2014 :  04:52:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by TG


I would certainly grant Kristen and SwePeso honorary "old timer" titles because of their contributions to sqlteam but I'd say they are next generation compared to most of that list


Do you mean that you think I'm young? If so that's nice

Do you mean that you think I'm old & wise? If so that's nice

I post here only when I have a question to ask. I've had quite a few to ask recently!

Reason I don't post more is because the software used on this forum is so utterly hopeless, compared to what is standard now, and I resent the amount of time it takes to do simple things here, so I spend my time using other forums where I can do-more-in-time-available.

Want to quote a small piece from O/P's post? Have to press quote and then selectively delete. Want two separate quotes from that one post/several earlier posts? Nightmare of hand-editing.

Modern forum software equivalent: highlight snippet in original post, "Quote this" speech balloon appears, click that. Repeat as you read through the thread. In the REPLY box click on "Insert quotes(99)" to insert all the individual snippets you marked, and then construct reply snippets around each separate quote.

Following threads. In SQL Team use ACTIVE TOPICS and then I get everything that is new/changed since last time. Ones I have replied to are bold, ones I have read are highlighted (i.e. CSS "Visited Link" colour). Click to read, and then I have to manually scroll to where I last read. I'm dyslexic, that takes me "ages" to figure out.

Modern forum software equivalent: replies to any thread you have replied to, or marked "Watch", are in a "Watched" list. Refresh that periodically to see if there is anything new to read. Click on a link and the thread is displayed, automatically scrolled to the first unread message. Mark the thread "Unwatch" if you are no longer interested. If new posts are added as you are reading it a little "alert balloon" appears. Post a reply and it uses AJAX to post it without making a full-page refresh. Editor for the reply is fully WYSIWYG. Upload images (not really relevant here) is concurrent with typing a reply. Effortless and takes seconds to review posts that I am following.

Then I look in the "New posts" - that won't include any posts that I have just read using my "Watched" list (unless I click the "show me ones I have already read")

Its like night and day compared to this dinosaur!
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Abu-Dina
Posting Yak Master

United Kingdom
206 Posts

Posted - 01/15/2014 :  05:06:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kristen

[quote]Originally posted by TG



Reason I don't post more is because the software used on this forum is so utterly hopeless, compared to what is standard now, and I resent the amount of time it takes to do simple things here, so I spend my time using other forums where I can do-more-in-time-available.

Want to quote a small piece from O/P's post? Have to press quote and then selectively delete. Want two separate quotes from that one post/several earlier posts? Nightmare of hand-editing.

Modern forum software equivalent: highlight snippet in original post, "Quote this" speech balloon appears, click that. Repeat as you read through the thread. In the REPLY box click on "Insert quotes(99)" to insert all the individual snippets you marked, and then construct reply snippets around each separate quote.

Following threads. In SQL Team use ACTIVE TOPICS and then I get everything that is new/changed since last time. Ones I have replied to are bold, ones I have read are highlighted (i.e. CSS "Visited Link" colour). Click to read, and then I have to manually scroll to where I last read. I'm dyslexic, that takes me "ages" to figure out.

Modern forum software equivalent: replies to any thread you have replied to, or marked "Watch", are in a "Watched" list. Refresh that periodically to see if there is anything new to read. Click on a link and the thread is displayed, automatically scrolled to the first unread message. Mark the thread "Unwatch" if you are no longer interested. If new posts are added as you are reading it a little "alert balloon" appears. Post a reply and it uses AJAX to post it without making a full-page refresh. Editor for the reply is fully WYSIWYG. Upload images (not really relevant here) is concurrent with typing a reply. Effortless and takes seconds to review posts that I am following.

Then I look in the "New posts" - that won't include any posts that I have just read using my "Watched" list (unless I click the "show me ones I have already read")

Its like night and day compared to this dinosaur!



You've hit the nail on the head Kristen. Was going to mention this in my previous post but didn't want to offend the forum admins lol

I started favouring www.SQLServerCentral.com because the forum software is better oh and they don't have an equivalent of visakh16 answering all questions

Perhaps it's time to start thinking of migrating SQLTeam? It's like 12 years old?!
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webfred
Flowing Fount of Yak Knowledge

Germany
8765 Posts

Posted - 01/15/2014 :  06:38:59  Show Profile  Visit webfred's Homepage  Reply with Quote



Too old to Rock'n'Roll too young to die.
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Kristen
Test

United Kingdom
22403 Posts

Posted - 01/15/2014 :  06:55:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Abu-Dina

Perhaps it's time to start thinking of migrating SQLTeam? It's like 12 years old?!



Can I migrate my teenage kids too please?
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Abu-Dina
Posting Yak Master

United Kingdom
206 Posts

Posted - 01/15/2014 :  07:02:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kristen

quote:
Originally posted by Abu-Dina

Perhaps it's time to start thinking of migrating SQLTeam? It's like 12 years old?!



Can I migrate my teenage kids too please?



lol... if you struggle to [quote] their teenage lingo then yes go for it
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spirit1
Cybernetic Yak Master

Slovenia
11751 Posts

Posted - 03/03/2014 :  21:14:38  Show Profile  Visit spirit1's Homepage  Reply with Quote
hey Kristen, are you coming to SQL Bits in July?

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SwePeso
Patron Saint of Lost Yaks

Sweden
30241 Posts

Posted - 03/04/2014 :  02:23:53  Show Profile  Visit SwePeso's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I see myself posting less and less due to lack of interest to answer same questions over and over again.
It seems the initiative to search for an answer is missing with the youngsters today and everyone want everything for free and yesterday.
They can't even build up the energy to do a search.


Microsoft SQL Server MVP, MCT, MCSE, MCSA, MCP, MCITP, MCTS, MCDBA
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sodeep
Flowing Fount of Yak Knowledge

USA
7174 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2014 :  13:32:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SwePeso

I see myself posting less and less due to lack of interest to answer same questions over and over again.
It seems the initiative to search for an answer is missing with the youngsters today and everyone want everything for free and yesterday.
They can't even build up the energy to do a search.


Microsoft SQL Server MVP, MCT, MCSE, MCSA, MCP, MCITP, MCTS, MCDBA



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