I found the replies to that recent post about Excel-l really interesting.
At first I thought maybe I was a bit more tolerant than some of you (which would make you pretty bloody intolerant, as I am hardly the crown prince elect of tolerance!)
It seems far more likely that just different things drive us away from various resources because we hear the noise/signal ratio differently.
Friday humour on the Excel-l doesn’t bother me, as don’t most of the cliquey to and fro banter. Some I read, some I don’t. It being an email list doesn’t bother me, although email is a crap way to collaborate like that.
On other forums though I find the excessive hyperlinks, ad tat, massive personal logo things, bullshit titles, and aggressive commercialisation a major put off. Without mentioning any names, many of the forums others are involved with just annoy me. Some I won’t even follow google links too (must get around to excluding them from my search results), not because the content is poor. More because all the stuff around that content is distracting and irritating.
Anyone else find that?
I was wondering about hosting a forum at codematic for Excel/Access/VBA/Visual Studio devs, but I didn’t want to further fragment the community. And how to make it more valuable than current alternatives? Do advances in indexing and searching mean many of these forums are of limited value going forward?
I was also wondering about something like a google group where people can upload their files and we could all work directly on them – maybe I should wait for the Office 2010 web apps (imaginatively now officially called Web Apps (TM probably)).
Do you see any value in another Excel dev forum? What would make it a must visit/must join resource?