This is specifically targeted at those of you who have been on this forum for a long time and have posted thousands of times. I'd appreciate it if you could give me your input on the following:
1. On a scale of 1 to 10, how much have forums (not just this one) increased your developer skills.
2. On same scale, how important are forums to helping you keep your existing knowledge in your brain where it belongs and not dribbling slowly out of your ears?
3. Taking all your programming related tasks as a whole in an average year, what percentage would you guess that you devote to the following:
a. Development (specific programming tasks for specific reasons - work in other words)
b. formal training
c. self-training (excluding forum activities)
d. forum related activities(posting, investigating, banging head against keyboard, etc...)
e. any other areas I didn't think to include here
Thanks. Just curious as to how big a part the forums have played in your life as a developer. Kudos to all of you who have posted so many times. And especially to those of you who have posted to the same thread over and over again, trying to guide someone through their issue when lesser men like me would have given up.