What’s New at Experts Exchange: November 21st, 2013

Posted by · November 21, 2013 9:59 am

The Philippines and Midwest: If the typhoon in the Philippines or thefreak storms in the Midwest have you considering doing a little something to help, take a look at CAREDoctors Without BordersUNICEF or theRed Cross.

Referrals: As of last week, you can earn some extra holiday money byreferring friends, co-workers, your company or even your Aunt Suzie who doesn’t get it about anti-virus programs to Experts Exchange. New Premium Service and Business Account members get a discount, and you can earn up to $50 per account. The two catches: the email address in your profile must match the email address in a PayPal account, and your referred member must use the link created by the system when registering.

Five-Million Point Club: The newest member of the Five-Million Point Club, which carries with it a lifetime membership, is COBOLdinosaur.

Blog posts: Recent additions to the Experts Exchange blog:

Tip From The Mods

Google MonkeysIn the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen a couple of questions in which Askers have responded to blind links in a fashion of which we can’t necessarily approve, but which we certainly appreciate.In the first — a question that has since been deleted — the asker took the time to do a Google search for a particular term normally associated with feminine hygiene, and then used a link shortener to refer to the person who posted a link to a page of Google search results. Not a terribly polite response, but we’ll grant that it got the message across.The second — also now deleted — had the asker reponding with a link to aLetMeGoogleThatForYou.com search. None of the people who responded took the time to actually read what the asker wanted but all expected to receive points; the asker made sure that wouldn’t happen.

Third, the Topic Advisors had a brief discussion about what to do with posts that begin http://www.google.com/url?s a=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&sou rce=web&cd=7&ved=0CFoQFjAG&u rl=http%3A%2F%2Fblogs.techne… etc. One of the Admins said, “The Google search page results can change tomorrow, which is why I’d delete anything that began with that string without even looking. BeingTHAT lazy tells me the posting party hasn’t even looked at the results to see if they’re appropriate.

We won’t be surprised if the BBS version of Google starts showing up as an asker’s reponse to the links that get posted. If you’re someone who posts a link as an answer, don’t be surprised if you don’t get a lot of sympathy.