January 6, 2004
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Experts Exchange Year End Awards
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Thank you to all the Experts who make Experts Exchange what it is! Here are the results for the 2004 Expert season:
Expert of the Year
4,538,046 points
Rookie Expert of the Year
1,779,697 points this year
Most Questions Answered Award
5870 answers this year
The Experts By The Numbers
Most Valuable Expert - Site Wide
Member Total Pts
SheharyaarSaahil sunray_2003 sirbounty objects jkr Callandor byundt Sembee Zvonko PeteLong 4,538,046 3,776,480 2,356,236 2,175,001 1,982,744 1,905,935 1,808,579 1,779,697 1,755,782 1,752,900
Most Valuable Rookie Expert - Site Wide
Member Total Pts
Sembee gregoryyoung alorentz Diablo84 Zyloch grblades hernst42 DotNetLover_Baan AerosSaga tovvenki 1,779,697 1,130,486 1,051,127 850,892 748,538 718,781 679,737 635,386 624,713 591,910
So who really IS the Best Expert at Experts Exchange? The Answer, with assists from the Mods, the Page Editors, ameba (of course) and EE's Brian Abreu, is a firm "it depends on how you look at it." Below are ways to look at it; we'll explain as we go along.
The following is the list of Experts who received voted in our MVE voting by the Mods and PEs, who were asked to rank from a list of nominees their top five. Points were awarded on a 6-4-3-2-1 basis. The top ten are shown with a brief description of their contribution to the site.
  1. sunray_2003 (63 points, 7 first place votes) - first Expert to 4 million points
  2. TheLearnedOne (46/5) - Almost 27,000 questions closed as a Cleanup Volunteer
  3. jkr (38/4) - No. 4 in the Hall of Fame and a truly nice guy
  4. COBOLdinosaur (34/0) - No. 26 in the HOF, made the list by being everyone's second choice
  5. Venabili (30/2) - Almost 26,000 questions closed as a CV
  6. turn123 (24/1) - No. 3 on the CV list, PE for some tough TAs
  7. nico5038 (23/1) - No. 7 in the HOF, Genius times two in MS Access
  8. ameba (22/0) - One word says it all: QuickPost
  9. Callandor (18/1) - No. 19 in the HOF is everyone's favorite Hardware Expert
  10. seanpowell (16/1) - Guru and one of EE's most visible Page Editors in Web Dev

Others receiving votes: objects, SheharyaarSaahil, jlevie, sramesh2k, sunnycoder, GrahamSkan, tliotta, ozo, SunBow, and DanRollins.

So how hard is it to earn those Points, and those certificates? The table on the left shows the ten Rookies who earned their Guru (or above) certificates within months of joining, with the duplicates (two or more certificates) removed. The table on the right shows the members with the most certificates. The "GSWGM" column is the number of Genius, Sage, Wizard, Guru and Master certificates.
Fastest Guru Certificate by a Rookie
Member Topic Area Reg. Date
BillAn1 jnhorst BNettles73 AerosSaga DotNetLover_Baan Justin_W 0tacon grblades ldbkutty Microsoft SQLASP.NET Exchange_Server ASP.NET ASP.NET ASP.NET MS Access Networking PHP and Databases Aug 4 July 28 July 14 July 9 June 14 June 11 May 18 May 3 Apr 26
Top Certificate Holders
Member GSWGM Certs Total Pts
sunray_2003 sirbounty CrazyOne PeteLong SheharyaarSaahil jlevie LucF oBdA war1 1/1/2/1/110/1/1/1/11 1/1/1/3/7 0/0/2/1/10 1/0/0/6/5 0/2/0/3/5 0/0/1/3/6 0/0/1/1/7 0/0/0/2/7 16 14 13 13 12 10 10 9 9 4,282,242 2,399,276 3,907,074 2,299,106 4,015,249 2,407,505 1,751,110 1,264,718 1,163,982
Most Questions Answered - Site Wide
Member Answers Given
CrazyOne jkr objects stevenlewis jhance angelIII sunray_2003 emoreau nico5038 bruintje 5870 5418 5125 4363 4349 4291 4155 4057 4006 3960
Most Points From Assists - Site Wide
Member Assist Pts
sunray_2003 objects SheharyaarSaahil CEHJ Callandor arbert sirbounty CrazyOne Fatal_Exception PeteLong 480,155 409,934 385,606 317,463 298,034 283,333 255,389 233,606 232,872 228,857
So which members have stuck with it all this time? It's not easy to pull up the member names of those who are Active, but during the course of our research for this edition, we found EDDYKT, who has MemberID Number 686, although he didn't register until August, 1999. That perked our interest, so we did a little looking, and found StevenB, who has been haunting EE since April, 1997. We decided not to count Brian, who is still on EE's staff under any of about twenty different names. Second on our list is ozo, who was nominated as our Most Valuable Expert.
Top "Batting Average" - (min. 300,000 pts.)
Member Answers Responses Average
oBdA zzzzzooc hernst42 Dave_Dietz negatyve Mob-bom duz vinnyd79 rdcpro AlexFM 784 288 515 332 247 298 274 428 497 1119 1870 843 1526 984 735 904 861 1370 1600 3604 .419 .342 .337 .337 .336 .330 .318 .312 .311 .310
Top 15 Championship - see The Rules
Member Points Topic Areas Win
sunnycoder sunray_2003 ahoffmann jlevie SheharyaarSaahil CrazyOne weed yuzh Mikal613 LucF 360 308 249 244 232 208 191 174 163 161 30 25 21 14 21 19 13 13 10 19 9 4 2 8 5 2 7 2 6 1
Top Experts by Topic Area
Below are tables from the busiest topic areas at Experts Exchange; we've merged the lists of the busiest by page views with the busiest in terms of the number of questions asked.
Windows XP
EE SheharyaarSaahil andymsmith18 SheharyaarSaahil SheharyaarSaahil 2,315,34785,866 1755 184,424 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: sunray_2003, CrazyOne, stevenlewis, sirbounty, PeteLong, Fatal_Exception, LucF, dew_associates, LeeTutor, war1, sramesh2k, gemarti, Crash2100, Eagle6990, timothyfryer, Kenneniah
Windows 2000
EEoBdA Debsyl99 oBdA Fatal_Exception 362,053220,426 293 34,417 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: sunray_2003, CrazyOne, SheharyaarSaahil, sirbounty, PeteLong, Fatal_Exception, LucF, SysExpert, leew, Netman66, JamesDS, Stoner79, Housenet, 1stITMAN
Hardware
EE Callandor DoTheDEW335 Callandor Callandor 673,44090,326 657 140,944 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: CrazyOne, LucF, SysExpert, dogztar, magarity, RoadWarrior, tmj883
Networking
EElrmoore pseudocyber lrmoore lrmoore 446,001196,367 308 49,013 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: stevenlewis, PeteLong, SysExpert, sciwriter, chicagoan
Operating Systems
EESheharyaarSaahil Nyaema SheharyaarSaahil SheharyaarSaahil
312,13685,671 221 25,106 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: sunray_2003, stevenlewis
JavaScript
EE Zvonko Zyloch Zvonko Zvonko 1,586,884320,490 1287 123,875 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: fritz_the_blank, COBOLdinosaur, mplungjan, amit_g, CJ_S, GwyforWeb, knightEknight, devic, jaysolomon, Jester_48, a.marsh, third, avner, VincentPuglia, lil_puffball, ahosang, dakyd, kollegov, NetGroove, archrajan, Bustarooms, Nushi
Visual Basic
EEShauli mladenovicz Shauli Shauli 401,842111,944 417 41,031 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: AzraSound, bruintje, emoreau, angelIII, acperkins, Idle_Mind, TimCottee, Arthur_Wood, vinnyd79, EDDYKT, ryancys, Ark, Erick37, Richie_Simonetti, Mikal613, GrahamSkan, twalgrave, PaulHews, zzzzzooc, mcrider, waty, inthedark, ameba, BlueDevilFan, aelatik, Dhaest, bobbit31, Sethi, Mirkwood, mdougan, mark2150, rspahitz, supunr, wsh2, caraf_g, unknown_routine, hes, Ruchi, mrmick

Microsoft Access
EEshanesuebsahakarn routinet shanesuebsahakarn capricorn1 1,505,609450,511 1193 172,637 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: nico5038, jadedata, rockiroads, stevbe, Arthur_Wood, peter57r, alanwarren, heer2351, walterecook, ryancys, eghtebas, LSMConsulting, flavo, 1William, bonjour-aut, JDettman, TextReport, Data-Man, mgrattan, SidFishes, jjafferr, Nestorio, GRayL, harfang, ahmedbahgat, will_scarlet7, Trygve, 0tacon, Paurths, dannywareham, kmslogic, joekendall, paasky, brewdog, cactus_data, perkc, BrianWren, jimhorn, jobrienct, perove, rgcole, DanielSKim, dovholuk, jb79uk, MrRobin
Oracle
EEseazodiac annamalai77 seazodiac seazodiac 793,839114,752 577 103,768 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: schwertner, andrewst, markgeer, Henka, SDutta, dbalaski, catchmeifuwant

Windows 98
EEblue_zee For-Soft blue_zee blue_zee 277,1625000 259 45,125 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: CrazyOne, SheharyaarSaahil, stevenlewis, SysExpert, dew_associates, astaec, LeeTutor, war1, rayt333, pslh, BillDL, hewittg, emery800
Microsoft SQL Server
EEarbert BillAn1 arbert arbert 1,562,947 360,634 1308 233,531 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: ScottPletcher, angelIII, acperkins, amit_g, Lowfatspread, Hilaire, SjoerdVerweij, bhess1, namasi_navaretnam, nigelrivett, danblake, ShogunWade, jdlambert1, muzzy2003, monosodiumg, adathelad, kselvia, EugeneZ, adwiseman, miron, mcmonap, ram2098, xenon_je, ispaleny
Java Programming
EEobjects Webstorm objects objects 2,015,348 207,,019 1930 317,190 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: CEHJ, TimYates, girionis, zzynx, heyhey_, jimmack, mayankeagle, imladris, jim_cakalic, orangehead911, sudhakar_koundinya, Javatm, petmagdy, GrandSchtroumpf, Ovi, Venci75, Giant2, yongsing, x4u


Active Server Pages (ASP)
EEfritz_the_blank alorentz fritz_the_blank alorentz 1,587,822 1,040,995 1028 115,734 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: acperkins, amit_g, ap_sajith, Silvers5, hongjun, GaryC123, sybe, robbert, jitganguly, peh803, mgfranz, gladxml, Dexstar, x_com, ASPGuru, kingsfan76, deighc, thunderchicken, sciber_dude, apollois, neeraj523, Slimshaneey, Shailesh15, SquareHead, apresto
Exchange Server
EESembee Sembee Sembee Sembee 1,142,068 1,142,068 957 49,241 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: Vahik, Kidego, What90, ikm7176, rhandels, BNettles73, Exchange_Admin, dstoker509, OneHump, Bembi, munichpostman, jjmck


Windows Security
EESheharyaarSaahil Debsyl99 SheharyaarSaahil trywaredk 220,710 48,328 150 30,027 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Storage
EECyber-Dude Cyber-Dude LucF Cyber-Dude 154,588 154,588 132 31,160 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Applications
EEsunray_2003 acseven sunray_2003 sunray_2003 281,525 60,289 219 38,657 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: SheharyaarSaahil

Microsoft Outlook
EEsunray_2003 robinluo sunray_2003 sunray_2003 1,157,108 77,700 1006 72,766 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: sirbounty, bruintje, slink9, Neo_mvps, traval, stefri, kfalandays, Mob-bom, rjcpjc
Security
EESheharyaarSaahil shahrial SheharyaarSaahil SheharyaarSaahil 249,370 44,480 180 25,835 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Viruses
EESheharyaarSaahil rossfingal SheharyaarSaahil sunray_2003 75,09115,426 59 10,201 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Programming
EEcookre Kavar cookre cookre 251,849 212,693 251 24,369 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: sunnycoder, twalgrave, bhagyesht
Databases
EESjoerdVerweij BillAn1 Arthur_Wood Arthur_Wood 193,19073,576 160 21,383 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: angelIII
C++ Programming
EEjkr stefan73 jkr jkr 1,171,649 65,754 875 107,503 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: DanRollins, jhance, AlexFM, chensu, nietod, Axter, jaime_olivares, itsmeandnobodyelse, AlexVirochovsky, SteH, Salte, rstaveley, efn, bcladd, ambience, Sys_Prog
.NET
EEmmarinov gregoryyoung mmarinov iboutchkine 450,604267,783 364 47,298 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: Mikal613, TheLearnedOne, testn, naveenkohli, _TAD_, roverm, GoodJun, farsight
Microsoft Network
EEstevenlewis crissand stevenlewis stevenlewis 262,716122,768 200 19,280 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
MS-DOS
EESteveGTR For-Soft SteveGTR SteveGTR 209,90767,517 192 16,987 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Web Development
EECOBOLdinosaur arantius COBOLdinosaur COBOLdinosaur 224,48091,859 215 23,544 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: cheekycj, webwoman
Linux
EEjlevie wesly_chen jlevie jlevie 309,787141,784 298 38,942 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: khkremer, Gns
Microsoft Office
EEbruintje tajsimmons byundt byundt 191,20730,468 146 11,508 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: brettdj, Dreamboat, ture, calacuccia, cri, smozgur, antrat

Microsoft Excel
EEbyundt matthewspatrick byundt byundt 1,452,547312,826 1270 89,113 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: brettdj, zorvek, mvidas, R_Rajesh, sebastienm, mdmackillop, MalicUK, JustinCase2, jeverist, fanpages
C#
EEgregoryyoung gregoryyoung gregoryyoung gregoryyoung 405,553405,553 305 32,476 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: AlexFM, testn, tovvenki, TheAvenger, _TAD_, AvonWyss, Desp, eternal_21, ptmcomp
Browser Issues
EEastaec humeniuk astaec astaec 305,34228,903 317 39,741 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: sunray_2003, SheharyaarSaahil, COBOLdinosaur
HTML
EEseanpowell Zyloch seanpowell seanpowell 373,57079,098 324 34,276 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: COBOLdinosaur, knightEknight
Crystal Reports
EEmlmcc bdreed35 frodoman mlmcc 1,089,153269,355 1024 135,605 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: DRRYAN3, ebolek, EwaldL
Delphi Programming
EEkretzschmar Ivanov_G kretzschmar Workshop_Alex 293,452157,869 323 34,762 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: Madshi, inthe, mnasman, geobul, rllibby, Slick812, Ferruccio68, DragonSlayer, Epsylon, wilson, simonet, Lee_Nover, Lischke, shaneholmes, esoftbg, ITugay, EddieShipman, TOndrej, ZifNab, mocarts, robert_marquardt
Desktops
EECallandor stockhes Callandor Callandor 635,73835,062 664 75,391 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Firewalls
EElrmoore grblades lrmoore tim_holman 409,916119,132 293 18,511 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Windows Server 2003
EESembee Sembee Sembee Fatal_Exception 273,272273,272 235 22,967 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: oBdA, Netman66, What90, JamesDS
JSP
EETimYates sompol_kiatkamolchai TimYates kennethxu 197,61674,289 246 21,758 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: objects
Windows ME
EEblue_zee pjcrooks2000 blue_zee blue_zee 153,6082660 148 22,663 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: CrazyOne
VB Controls
EEIdle_Mind mmusante Idle_Mind Dabas 150,17721,957 150 16,502 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: vinnyd79
C Programming
EEsunnycoder stefan73 sunnycoder sunnycoder 262,01839,617 265 39,638 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: jkr, Kdo, ankuratvb
MySQL
EESqueebee ushastry snoyes_jw Squeebee 164,09796,895 157 15,821 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: VGR, psadac
PHP
EEDiablo84 Diablo84 Diablo84 Diablo84 599,819599,819 482 63,318 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: hernst42, ldbkutty, VGR, lozloz, ThG, Squinky, shmert
ASP.NET
EEmmarinov AerosSaga mmarinov AerosSaga 633,788593,906 591 71,503 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: tovvenki, DotNetLover_Baan, Justin_W, Thogek, ihenry, raterus, tusharashah, jnhorst, nauman_ahmed
VB.NET
EERonaldBiemans gregoryyoung RonaldBiemans TheLearnedOne 545,977359,888 514 33,776 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: Idle_Mind, iboutchkine, DotNetLover_Baan, planocz, ptakja
MFC
EEAlexFM nonubik AlexFM AndyAinscow 329,50996,578 322 28,832 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: jkr, DanRollins, chensu, jaime_olivares, roshmon, migel, thui, Zoppo, mikeblas
Windows NT Networking
EEbbao spareticus bbao bbao 235,76026,622 168 20,396 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: nazirahmed
Routers/Switches
EElrmoore mikebernhardt lrmoore lrmoore 411,899117,778 283 37,697 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: JFrederick29
Windows NT
EEahmedbahgat spareticus Computer101 ahmedbahgat 112,01314,750 98 14,426 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: SysExpert
Macromedia Flash
EEnegatyve ccarey negatyve blue-genie 394,094101,559 247 18,091 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: rascalpants, Zeffer, muso, rexmor
ColdFusion
EEmrichmon INSDivision6 mrichmon mrichmon 462,15029,975 385 70,469 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: anandkp, cheekycj, Jester_48, Tacobell777, pinaldave, hart, jyokum, substand, shooksm
Lotus Notes/Domino
EEqwaletee HappyFunBall qwaletee qwaletee 674,53229,504 545 144,210 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: Zvonko, HemanthaKumar, sjef_bosman, Bozzie4, Arunkumar, p_partha, madheeswar
Perl
EEozo gripe ozo ozo 397,62054,128 325 35,795 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: maneshr, Tintin, jmcg, kandura, rj2
Microsoft Word
EEJOrzech rosesolutions1 JOrzech JOrzech 419,98724,473 409 32,842 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: Dreamboat, GrahamSkan
PHP and Databases
EEldbkutty ldbkutty ldbkutty ldbkutty 199,248199,248 164 14,555 Most Points in TA Most Points by Rookie in TA Most Answers in TA Most Assist Points in TA
Honorable mention: Diablo84, hernst42
Your questions and solutions

We sent out a list of about twenty questions to the Moderators and Page Editors, and asked them to select the ten best. Their selections are to the left below. To the right are another ten that we're calling our "Editor's Choice" questions. Take a look, and then check the third list of questions to see what the Members of EE were reading.

The top two selections by our panel tied in our poll of Moderators and Page Editors.

Standard response material re Spyware, Adware, BHOs, and other Malware

Browser Issues PE COBOLdinosaur came up with a list; it also helped cut down the repetitive posting of long lists of links.

The Great Calendar Project

Member prettykittyq was so impressed with the help she got at EE, she put up a website, complete with code, about it.

Windows Update Error 0x80072EE4

Quite a few Experts, and in the end, the user solves the problem, but awarded the points for the comments that jogged his elbow.

Expert Notify Question

MS Access Page Editor JDettman and his colleagues came up with a unique way of getting help for Members.

Educating experts

Page Editor kronostm launched a discussion of how to teach new members how EE works.

Adobe Reader error "Could not find Acrobat External Window Handler"

jqualteri had a problem Adobe couldn't solve -- but the Experts could.

Vote for EE as top tech site

guidway posted the question that got the votes, but stone5150 gets credit for posting it first.

Best of EE (?)

DanRollins is always coming up with something; this one became a discussion of the role of the Page Editors.

QuickPost -- bug reports

We can't say enough about ameba and QuickPost. He wrote it, he supports it, and has continued over a dozen questions.

Still open: Rhtools.asp (IIS Expolit)

We just couldn't pass up having at least one open question; this one is about spyware and what happens when you visit the wrong website.

The following questions are, for lack of a better term, "Editor's Choices" -- questions we think you'll find interesting.

CSS sniffer browser issues

Two Experts, working at different times, backing each other up.

Grid on top of desktop?

A novel Visual Basic problem, with a complete solution -- and even a bug fix.

Background app that takes screenshots

Seems simple? It was for IdleMind, who posted a complete solution in one comment.

Shortest integer to string algorithm

software_elico already had a solution to his question, but he wanted a better one. The discussion continued long after the question was closed.

MS04-011 and HFNETCHK

Here's a novel thought for net admins: see if you can find a solution before it becomes a problem.

Find square root of a number

... without using the function designed to do just that? Take a look at what our C Programming Experts came up with.

stable_sort() & predicate routines -- need help thinking at higher level of abstraction

The title alone is enough to wear me out. Fortunately, the C++ Experts are a more resilient bunch.

How to Connect to SQL Server to Retrieve Data from Query

Simple enough -- unless you have 25,000 users and a distributed application. See how the MFC Experts did it.

What is negative 32768 for 16-bit ints?

Go ahead, admit it. You've always been curious about how those negative numbers work, and what they mean when it comes to your new desktop...

Mysterious Virus?

Not a terribly difficult question to answer, but one of the best descriptions of Kazaa as a source of spyware, viruses and other problems. A Must Read.

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ameba, one of EE's prominent Experts, provides us with a list of newly earned Certificates. His list of all of the Certified Experts is located at his site. The list below covers the period from December 12 through December 26.
Expert Certified in Topic Area
Nestorio jimhorn BobLamberson peh803 SquareHead sajuks thefritterfatboy jmelika ram2098 ispaleny itsvtk KarinLoos paelo billy21 ldbkutty Workshop_Alex robert_marquardt EddieShipman PierreC leew leew coral47 jvuz munichpostman jaguarpriest flyguybob Wizard Guru Master Wizard Guru Master Master Master Guru Guru Master Master Master Master Master Wizard Guru Guru Master Guru Master Master Master Guru Master Master MS Access MS Access Visual Basic ASP ASP ASP ASP ASP Microsoft SQL Microsoft SQL Microsoft SQL Microsoft SQL Microsoft SQL Microsoft SQL JavaScript Delphi Delphi Delphi Delphi Windows 2000 Hardware Hardware Windows XP Exchange_Server Exchange_Server Exchange_Server
Expert Certified in Topic Area
leew DVation191 paquicuba zorvek matthewspatrick tmharvey patrickab stochastic DRJ jkr AndyAinscow stevenlewis SheharyaarSaahil stefri kfalandays hernst42 RonaldBiemans Idle_Mind ptakja Chaosian Lacutah prakash_prk nauman_ahmed gripe inq123 sokhodom Master Master Master Sage Wizard Master Master Master Master Sage Wizard Sage Guru Wizard Guru Wizard Sage Wizard Guru Master Master Master Guru Master Master Master Networking Networking Oracle Excel Excel Excel Excel Excel Excel MFC MFC Windows 98 Windows 98 Outlook Outlook PHP VB.NET VB.NET VB.NET VB.NET VB.NET VB.NET ASP.NET Perl Perl Flash
Expert Certified in Topic Area
SheharyaarSaahil sunray_2003 DVation191 nobus grblades cracky knightEknight hernst42 Diablo84 RQuadling COBOLdinosaur yuzh blue_zee yuzh wesly_chen sunray_2003 pcbrat lrmoore PsiCop drichards duz jlevie msjammu Joel_Sisko SheharyaarSaahil Wizard Guru Master Master Master Master Guru Guru Guru Master Guru Wizard Guru Guru Master Guru Master Sage Wizard Master Wizard Wizard Master Master Master Operating Systems Operating Systems Operating Systems Storage Linux Mysql HTML PHP and Databases PHP and Databases PHP and Databases Browser Issues Solaris Windows ME Unix Linux Setup Email Email Firewalls Netware Visual C++.NET Online Marketing Linux Admin. Palm Pilot VoIP/Voice over IP Bugs and Alerts
1148 experts have 1762 certifications: Genius:26 Sage:80 Wizard:112 Guru:329 Master:1215
Guru or better Certifications by New members
Last Updated: 01/03/2005 07:02PM PST
Expert Certified in Topic Area Reg. Date
routinet SidFishes Nestorio 0tacon kmslogic dannywareham jimhorn alorentz BillAn1 Zyloch dakyd archrajan Ivanov_G Debsyl99 1stITMAN Webstorm gregoryyoung Sembee BNettles73 pseudocyber grblades gregoryyoung eternal_21 Wizard Wizard Wizard Guru Guru Guru Guru Genius Wizard Wizard Guru Guru Guru Guru Guru Guru Guru Genius Guru Guru Guru Wizard Guru MS Access MS Access MS Access MS Access MS Access MS Access MS Access ASP Microsoft SQL JavaScript JavaScript JavaScript Delphi Windows 2000 Windows 2000 Java .NET Exchange_Server Exchange_Server Networking Networking C# C# 03/08/2004 01/07/2004 03/01/2004 05/18/2004 01/16/2004 03/26/2004 06/22/2004 01/02/2004 08/04/2004 04/14/2004 04/11/2004 10/03/2004 04/06/2004 01/27/2004 01/21/2004 02/02/2004 04/07/2004 02/06/2004 07/14/2004 02/19/2004 05/03/2004 04/07/2004 01/12/2004
Expert Certified in Topic Area Reg. Date
tovvenki matthewspatrick MalicUK jeverist Kavar gregoryyoung DotNetLover_Baan Diablo84 hernst42 ldbkutty AerosSaga DotNetLover_Baan tovvenki jnhorst Justin_W Sembee bdreed35 ebolek Cyber-Dude ldbkutty hernst42 Diablo84 Dave_Dietz Guru Wizard Guru Guru Guru Wizard Guru Sage Wizard Guru Sage Guru Guru Guru Guru Guru Guru Guru Guru Guru Guru Guru Guru C# Excel Excel Excel Programming VB.NET VB.NET PHP PHP PHP ASP.NET ASP.NET ASP.NET ASP.NET ASP.NET Win Server 2003 Crystal Reports Crystal Reports Storage PHP and Databases PHP and Databases PHP and Databases IIS 02/09/2004 02/20/2004 01/20/2004 04/19/2004 01/30/2004 04/07/2004 06/14/2004 03/20/2004 03/19/2004 04/26/2004 07/09/2004 06/14/2004 02/09/2004 07/28/2004 06/11/2004 02/06/2004 03/10/2004 04/12/2004 04/29/2004 04/26/2004 03/19/2004 03/20/2004 03/28/2004
The real MVPs

We at Experts Exchange can't say enough good things about the Moderators and Administrators, but when we were putting together this issue of the Newsletter, we felt we had to say something.

WesLennon, our DoCS, Netminder, our PE manager, and BooMod, who created the Moderator and Cleanup tools, aren't seen around the site as much as they once were, but their efforts behind the scenes would be very obvious if they weren't there.

Computer101, our Senior Site Administrator, Lunchy, the Site Administrator, and ee_ai_construct, the Moderator Admin, have kept the site moving as we've grown to four million members and over one million answered questions; AnnieMod, the Cleanup Admin, has overseen an effort that has reduced the Open Questions list by 80 per cent in the last year.

RomMod, modulo, CetusMod, DarthMod, DigitalXtreme, GhostMod, PashaMod, OzzMod, and our newest Moderators, Balrog and PAQ_man, put in long hours, and we've never been too sure why. They don't earn points, they're occasionally vilified, and yet they keep coming back and doing the job.

Folks, friends -- you have our sincere thanks, and congratulations on a great year.

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