Krista Wall led the way to send the Live QnA-ers a Valentine ...and they loved it. (Those little hearts take you to actual QnA questions; Krista spent a ton of time prepping this.)
Online community work is always so full of these ups and downs. There are moments when frankly, your customers drive you up a tree (the number of "he-says-she-says" complaints can be daunting), and then too, there are some days when the energy becomes something even more than just a bunch of people bobbing around a Web site, and you know why you do this kind of work.
As folks who follow this blog know, I wrote a valentine for the Gotdotnet community long ago, in order to analyze a bit of why inexplicably the community attached itself to this aging developer Web site that then was in dire need of rejuvenation. Live QnA, as a site not even out of beta, has a ways to go both in how the community matures (what's the karma going to be?) and bettering the features. A few years later, now I wonder if maybe the inexplicable regard isn't so inexplicable. If the team from Microsoft comes out, crazy as they are, and plants their heart in the community...maybe it's just inevitable something grows out of that. It doesn't have to be a huge site, or fancy. Just meant sincerely.
We have an MVP now, Ron Chamberlin, who is also putting his heart into the Live QnA community. Thanks Ron! Hope to see you at the MVP Summit next month!