Hi everybody! I'm Rocco- and I'm the developer who built Help-QA. I'd love to hear how you're liking the place, so feel free to drop me a shout any time!
All of the code for this site is hosted open-source with ❤ on Github:
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If you'd like to contact me directly for any reason, my email is email@example.com
Where did you grow up?
Where do you live now?
What is the highest level of education you have attained?
High school, some college. Dropped out and taught myself to code. Doing pretty well now. 👍
What subjects did/do you enjoy most at school?
Pretty much everything! I love learning.
What's your favorite sport or sports?
I'm an injured Free Runner. (I do Parkour and FreeRunning) I also enjoy normal running, but I don't have an interest in competitive/team sports.
What kind of jobs have you held? Industries too!
Been a mechanic at a bowling alley and a programmer for most of my working history.
Before that, I was a coach at a gym for parkour and gymnastics.
What hobbies are you into?
I write code, I hang out with my family, and I enjoy life!
I also like to go bowling, golfing, and jump on the trampoline!
What causes are you concerned about today?
Simply the over-dramatics that people are in, and their tendency to over-exaggerate issues they come across.
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Merry Christmas, Help-QA!written () ago
No announcement. May everybody had a good time celebrating whatever days they celebrate and may the coming year be your best one yet. 😁
Happy Birthday, Help-QA.com!written () ago
It’s been a year since the announcement that this iteration of Help was created.
New Feature: Whisperswritten () ago
You can now "whisper" in a similar way to using quotes.
Help-QA feature poll: Changing Anoniconswritten () ago
Current Anonicon functionality:
Michael is the kind of guy you love to hate.written () ago
He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say.
You’re all very kind. 😊
I’ll see what I can do to get a donate button added soon! I’ve been more pre occupied with more important features and making the site a more pleasant experience (like fixing that silly link preview) but a donate button should be pretty quick and easy. I’ll toss it up tonight after work!
Thank you everyone. 🙏- written - voted for by PepperJ, Evansent, Pixels, ProffVampy
I joined around 06/07, I believe. Hard to remember. Help got me through so many things, and honestly- the biggest help was the community here just being friendly and accepting, more than just answering my posts when I needed help. The friends and memories I made here will stick with me forever. :)
Although I've never met anybody from Help in real life (Except 1, but I knew her in person before she joined so it doesn't count) I still consider them true friends of mine who I owe my life to. Those are the ones that got me motivated to take this project on.
I plan to keep this up as long as possible, but it's a community driven site. The old Help was around for nearly 10 years before many of us found it (Except Ralph. He's been around since forever, apparently)- which just goes to show that it may take some time before there is a constant stream of users that are finding us and posting.
To keep the site alive, the best thing we can all do is stick around as long as we can and help each and every person that comes to our doorstep. If we can maintain that great community, Help will survive.- written - voted for by smiley, Mya, Ambereyes, ProffVampy
Very well put, Padre!
I think the only thing I would add- is there is always a way to say something in a nicer way. Also no matter how much you disagree with something or somebody, that is no reason to belittle them or their ideas.
I've seen a lot of political debates here lately. The reason they are not allowed is because they always end with somebody offended and they are never educational. They use berates to tear people down for having a different opinion. If you disagree with somebody and you cannot hold your tongue, please, just move on. You are not helping.- written
I use Slack very regularly (like a few times per hour).
I'm not sure what you're referring to when you say you haven't set it up to QA yet though. We may need more info to help you, otherwise the snippet @BA1 shared should get you what you need.
That site is being sat on by somebody- it's the type of person/group/company that buys sites they think may be high value and then resells them at high costs. Think of it like the people that bought all of the toilet paper at the stores, and then tried to resell it for 10x the price. Yeah. Same thing. 😒
That was one of the domains I originally looked at, but because of the private seller, I didn't even try to negotiate with them. I've had a pretty poor experience in the past trying to talk to those people, so now I just figure a way around it instead by getting a different domain.
Commonly what will happen is if you send an inquiry, they'll ask you to make an offer. They have a number in their head of what they will accept, but won't tell you in hopes that you offer more. If you offer less, they'll generally make you a counter offer which is 2-3x the price they are hoping for (which, again, is probably 10x the "reasonable" price...) and it becomes a lose-lose haggle match where you eventually might think you got a good deal but still wound up getting the goods for a significantly marked up price. To give some rough estimates, a cheap domain is usually around $5-$20 per year. Privately owned marked up domains can cost $500+ a year, PLUS they make you pay an upfront cost that is commonly around $2,500 depending on the domain. Not saying that's the case for this one, just my experience.
Can you tell I'm a bit bitter about it? 😂
But yes- the name Help-QA came up because it was available for a reasonable price that I could afford without worrying too much about any money coming in. I never expected donations or financial help supporting the site, so wanted to keep it cheap, but still something that more or less fits. 😄
Technically, we can have as many different domains as we want. It's very easy to hook up multiple domains to the same place. It just becomes a matter of purchasing/subscribing to the domain in question.
I don't think HelpBot expected many ties. 😅- written
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