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Open/Public answer to a recent blog post at LinkedIn

Posted July 14, 2018 at 09:03 by wyldckat

This blog post provides a complete answer to Tobias Holzmann's following post at LinkedIn:

This is because LinkedIn has a limited number of characters per comment and it required me to login in order to read the complete post... so I guess it's better that I answer here instead.


Hi Tobi and greetings to all!

Since you mentioned me here, I guess I have to answer here as well

My experience on this is fairly simple:
  1. I rarely login into LinkedIn.... so to me this channel of communication is almost cutoff... I login every 3 to 12 months, when and if I find the time. In this case, it seemed at first an emergency, given that LinkedIn would not allow me to read your post without logging in.
  2. Asking me questions about OpenFOAM via email, private messages and other private channels, will be answered to when I have a chance, very likely with a semi-automatic message indicating that:
    1. I can answer public answers for free at - when I find the time to do it.
    2. We can provide paid support at the company where I work at, if you need faster/quicker/better/more-complete answers.
  3. In the past I did end up getting pulled into helping around 1 individual per year with their thesis, due to several reasons:
    1. because there apparently was no one else that could help them;
    2. because there was no support where they were studying at;
    3. because I was able to gain experience in helping them;
    4. and more importantly, because I somehow managed to find the time to help them.
For better or for worse, life has been catching up to me and my free time, therefore my presence online has been reduced to a frequency similar to catching a cold...

I've been meaning to write a blog post on what motivates me to help people online with OpenFOAM et al... with luck I get inspiration to write it sometime this year, to give a bit more clarity on this and hopefully inspire more people to help online, instead of waiting for a core few to answer all questions

Best regards,
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    FYI: I've finally written the blog post I mentioned above: Why I contribute to the OpenFOAM forum(s), wiki(s) and the public community
    Posted August 24, 2018 at 18:08 by wyldckat wyldckat is offline

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