Knowledgeable people in the technical and scientific stream do not have lifestyles which allow them time to punch the keyboard every day on Forum matters, although they do take a valuable part when they can.
So you know all these people personally and know for a FACT this is true? If you don't you are again making assumptions about someone you don't know.
Bleeping Computer has MANY members in the technical "stream" who DO find the time to "punch the keyboard everyday" here. Their lifestyle clearly allows them to do so.
Some of those people may still be employed and working.
Others may be retired-after working for many years they now have a lifestyle that allows them to do what they want when they want to do it. And if posting here or other forums is what they choose to do more power to them. Most of the retirees I know (including my husband and I) do not sit around all day long staring at the ceiling.
Unsupported assumptions or opinions are part of everyday life
That is exactly what you have provided here with your statements which put all "knowledgable people" into the don't have time/lifestyle category.
As far as statistics, I do not and never have put much stock into them. ANYONE can make the statisics say what he/she wants them to say.
When we statisticians talk
Statisitics boils down to WHO is being asked for data to be used to compile the statistics and HOW the questions are asked.
"There are three types of lies - lies, damn lies, and statistics."
attributed to Mark Twain, Benjamin Disraeli, and others
It is obvious that 85-90% of Forum punters are not specialists and either seek technical help or are simply compulsive chatters. Many of these punters have an obsession to achieve a monumental number of posts. either for personal satisfaction purposes or to achieve a misconceived status of veteran level of respectability by the erroneous conception of "The biggest posters are the most knowledgeable Guru`s".
That is true. BC exists to HELP those aksing for it. If they were specialists they probably would not be asking for help.
The last time I checked we have no requirement that states "those that help must be specialists".
Bleeping Computer® is a community of individuals of all ages who are here to learn new information, to help each other, and to help their fellow peers.
Now, define "specialists". Do they need to have a ph.d, do they need to work in the industry, in order to be a "specialist"? Excluding the Malware Removal team here at BC because they do go through a training program, what would qualify one to be a specialist?
I am not a "specialist" in tech matters. I am a "specialist" in things I have experienced. If I can contribute anything based on MY past experiences (about anything whether it be technical, cooking, or the best laundry detergent to use) and what worked for me I will. And I have an advantage over many of the specialists-I present things in plain simple language that anyone can understand. "Specialists" in their fields tend to forget that not everyone will have a clue what "advanced" terms means.
So what if someone wants to "chat"? It doesn't impact you in any way. What another does and why they do it is really none of your business unless it does impact you.
How many people have YOU asked "do you have an obsession to achieve a monumental number of posts? Why do you want to do so?"
You are assuming ulterior motives to those who may have none.
Can't have the statistics until you do ask them.
edit to add: here at BC those who post tenuous "advice" are usually spotted rather quickly by those others who KNOW it may not be the best advice.
Edited by Queen-Evie, 04 May 2012 - 03:14 PM.