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So yesterday we already had one of our Super Users - kicks-mobile - highlighted and I don't want to show a bias towards these great great user group here, but... I think you all agree that we can't end this year without mentioning TheUberOverLord. He alone replied almost 12.000 times since the launch of this community about half a year ago Probably every Windows and video user came across one of his replies.
TheUberOverlord, or Don as his real name goes is with the Skype community since a very long time already back when they were still "the Skype forums". He's also a developer for third-party Skype applications and - quite meaningful therefor - also a Super User on the Skype Developer Community. It's thank to Super Users like him who are sharing their Skype expertise that we have such a vibrant community here where all kind of Skype users, new and long time ones can find answers to their questions.
Now you might wonder where his nickname stems from - It's actually fairly simple: Back in the 1990s Don found a company for designing and marketing CPU load balancing software called "OverLord". And as he lead that company he became "TheUberOverLord"
So on behalf of the community users goes a big "Thank you" to TheUberOverLord for your contributions in 2011. Looking forward to 2012.
All four recipients of our 2011 end of year community awards will receive a pack of Skype goodies (party)
Welcome to today's third recipient of the 2011 end of year community award. Yesterday we saw "The Documentator" awarded with a special user rank for his great contributions. Today I would like to put the spotlight on one of our recent joiners in the Super User ranks who is known on the community by his nickname kicks-mobil.
Besides the way he gives answers - straight, to the point and very actionable - I really like the fact that brought him to this Community: kicks-mobil engages foremost in Skype for Windows, especially on video related questions. He's also particularly caring for the German community.
He shares experiences from a project that he has been conducting for the last five years: audiovisual teleconferencing between children who are physically isolated in germ-free rooms of a ward for leukemia treatment, and their relatives and friends in the outside world. I think this is a great use of Skype to lessen the burden of isolation and because others at Skype think like that, too, we are currently looking how to best support this project. I'll keep you posted here on the Community news.
The work in this project also seems to be where his motivation for the community stems from: "Helping is spreading the good news: Yes, you can master your issues. Such a mission is not only good for humans whose life is at stake. And to tell the whole truth: in the end no one increases his competence on Skype more than the supporter himself.”
The Support Network wishes you all the best in supporting your children patients. And hopefully you enjoy increasing your competence in Skype some time longer by supporting our community.
Thank you, kicks-mobile!
Don't miss to check this blog space tomorrow for the final end of year community award of 2011.
After yesterday's "Android Bughunter" community award today it's time to honor a member of our Windows community. His profession is on a different field than the bughunter, he's more into posting helpful ressources to get other user's Skype up and running. And although we had him already mentioned in week 46's Community News, that did not stop him until today Of course I'm talking about no one else than our's Noxxer, original creator of the "Skype Windows technical errors [MEGATHREAD]".
I had the chance to ask him a bit about his engagement here in the community and he was happy to share a few
Claudius: Can you please introduce yourself shortly?
NoxxeR: My name is Nader, I am a graduate of computer sciences and I have been studying programming concepts, operating systems and program execution methods for the past 6 years. My major was games development.
C: That's an interesting background. What brought you from games to Skype?
N: My goal in Skype team here is that i love computers. Not all people are interested in them actually. We have this big problem at Skype which i noticed it at work so much that people tend to ask for a magic button to solve their problems. But they do not tend to know the answer.
C: And that's when you thought about starting this "Megathread" about solutions for common problems?
N: I started this thread as a small tutorial which I hope to let people understand more technical terminology which are essential at our time to try and also solve problem even if they are not Skype ones. I have been through technical troubleshooting for over 8 years now.
C: One can definitely tell that. I personally (and probably hundres of more community users - today it's more than 750 views already) really enjoy the detailed explanations you are sharing there. It's a pleasure that on behalf of the community you'll be awared with the special rank "The Documentator" .
N: I love the appreciation and i wanted to tell you that Skype being an amazing solution for many people and a great program graphics and programming wise. I wanted to be a member of the family so that i be part of this great community.
Thanks for answering my questions and looking forward to see more questions answered thoroughly thanks to you. Watch this blog space tomorrow for the third end of year community award of 2011.
The end of 2011 is coming closer and it's time to look back at a year that brought us a new community software (and a new community manager). We've changed quite a bit how we as Skypers and you interact in this Support Network community. Most of our trusted Super Users thankfully continued this trip and moved over from the old forum with us. Thanks for that!
But it's also the right time to say thank you to all the new community members that we got to know in the past 6 months. For example we've seen tremendous support from the people at the Android board. They helped use release four updates to the app adding and enhancing the Skype video calling experience on several Android devices.
With the wide range of available Android devices on the market we can not test video calling on each and every one of them. This is where the helpful community came into play: Thanks to them supplying us technical details about their problematic devices we could fix it not only for them but thousands more Skype users out there.
There are many Android community members that we have to say thank you, I would just like to pick igalaktiker as an example as he supplied detailed reports and still continues to help us. We'd like to thank him by promoting him to the rank of "Android Bughunter" here in the community. Keep up the great work!
Watch this blog space for the next community award tomorrow.