Did any of you home improvement folks catch the podcast today. I had a great time. Had a few tech problems getting started, but went great after a bit. Hope I did the site proud. Looking forward to the blog thing if someone teaches me how to use it! lol. If you didn't hear it live, check it out on the site. Love to get some feedback. Thanks to Alex, Jeff and crew, you guys were fantastic, especially putting up with a "civilian". Too funny!!!
Well, I for one thoroughly enjoyed it, but I am biased! Thanks Steve!
It is great to find those like Steve from far outside the field of programming (or computers in general) who enjoy teaching and learning from others online in our "just the facts" Q&A format. I see you get the same sense of satisfaction out of leaving a breadcrumb trail for other intrepid travellers to find as we do!
(Though I suspect we should be thanking Steve's son Alex a lot for introducing him to the network as well :) )
It was great! Thanks for coming on the podcast, Steve.
I agree with you that it would be good if we could attract more pros. In the beginning, they would have to be people like you, who take pity on us poor homeowners and would like to help us. Once there are a good number of pros here, they would also benefit from asking questions (like you do now on TOHpro).
My hope is that a site with both homeowners and pros will be viable and of interest to both groups. The StackExchange system has certainly worked well for StackOverflow, where there are programmers of every level of experience and skill.
But how do we start the process of Attracting experts/pros/contractors? Do we just have to wait for more pros to be introduced to the site by their programmer sons, or are there effective ways of recruiting people like yourself? Do you have friends that could be interested?