My advice is this. If you are stuck on a question, don't waste your time on it. Just skip it and come backI'd actually suggest a slightly different approach. If you get stuck on a question, before moving on enter your best guess for the answer, and use the 'Mark' capability to mark the question. Then if you have time at the end of the test go back and take a second look at all of your marked questions. This way, if you don't end up having time to go back, at least the question will have been answered. Unanswered questions are automatically wrong. If you take a stab at it, you have at least a chance of having gotten it correct.
later if you have time left. You are better off by answering questions you are certain about the answer
rather than spend a lot of time over a question you are not sure about.
You're correct that I posted that URL in several forums at once. It's unfortunate that whoever or whateverSteve -- I recall the incident. You created an account and as your very first posts added the exact same text to six threads in this forum that mentioned 1Z0-047 in the subject -- several of them quite old. Regardless of whether the information was useful or not, that is spam-like behavior. I did not report the posts as such, but I understand why the moderators acted as they did. It could be argued that the mods should not have removed all six. However, it is certain that you should have only posted the information once.
may have deleted my entries would've done so on behavior alone without regard for the content of the message.
You created an account and as your very first posts added the exact same text to six threads ...Something I think you probably can't tell as a member of this forum is that I've had this account for many years, so long now I don't even remember when I started it. I used it in 2001 when Oracle Corp provided an online "attendance" option for Oracle Open World. And I used it before that to download trial software and development tools, and engage a similar forum a lot like this one, a predecessor to this one.
Thank you matthew_morris for your post. One clarification on something you couldn't have known, regarding this comment:
You created an account and as your very first posts added the exact same text to six threads ...Something I think you probably can't tell as a member of this forum is that I've had this account for many years, so long now I don't
even remember when I started it. I used it in 2001 when Oracle Corp provided an online "attendance" option for Oracle Open World.
And I used it before that to download trial software and development tools, and engage a similar forum a lot like this one, a predecessor to this one.
All that I can say is that your account is listed as having been created yesterday and contains only two posts.I noticed that yesterday after I'd posted - and yet this is the exact same account I used months ago to post the information about script downloads for my book, posts that I'm now told were removed.
I noticed that yesterday after I'd posted - and yet this is the exact same account I used months agoNo, it isn't. If you hover over 'ow001681' in one of these posts, you'll see a link to the account information for your OTN account. In this case, yours is:
to post the information about script downloads for my book, posts that I'm now told were removed.
This account is userid 1006185. That number is created via a sequence (or the equivalent). Your 'handle' is 'ow001681', but that's just giving a friendly name to the account number. By contrast, bigdelboy's account was registered on 08/18/11 and is userID 880225, and my account was registered on 07/15/09 and id userID 709095. The OTN account you are posting with right now just got created two days ago, and the account you posted with some months back likewise got created on that same day. The OTN discussion forums get a fair amount of SPAM. You don't see it because users like myself and bigdelboy (and many others in the various forums) report it almost immediately and the mods delete the posts.Good observation about the hyperlink, but for the record - the "userID" in the URL appears to be the name of a parameter being passed to the (presumably) Java servlet to which the URL is referring, but I wouldn't summarize that by saying the "account is userid 1006185". I do think it's fair to assume the value of 1006185 is a primary key value and that it was probably generated by a sequence generator. That's not a guarantee, but it's likely. However, the value "ow001681" is labeled as the "user name" in my account profile, and that's what I have to use to log in - it's not just a friendly label, it's the required login name for my account. The primary key value is not something that I use, and frankly it could change - if the forums.oracle.com developers do a major overhaul that fundamentally restructures the data model, it's entirely possible that value might change. Not likely. But very possible. However, my login name shouldn't change.
It is also considered poor etiquette to post to old threads.Says who? If the topic is relevant, who cares how old it is?
Several of the ones you posted to that day were old.You seem very contentious with me for some reason. Why? And you seem to remember a lot of details about my very few posts from months ago that were long since deleted without my knowledge. Why?
the only reason I replied is because your post implied that the mods behavior was flawed: "It's unfortunate that whoever or whatever may have deleted my entries would've done so on behavior alone without regard for the content of the message." ... They did exactly what their (unpaid) job is.But I also stated this: "But whatever - it's all good, I'm certainly not upset about it, things happen. And I appreciate this forum for what it is, which is a very valuable one-of-a-kind resource that provides a tremendous benefit to a lot of folks."
THEN, unbeknownst to me, you're telling me that you think my posts were SPAM and therefore deserved deletion.
Well think about that - I doubt the forum admin would just delete my posts. I'll bet he/she probably got my
entire OTN account deleted. After all, if I'm an admin, and someone like you is complaining about posts, if
I choose to believe you and decide that the person posting is guilty of SPAM, I'm not going to just delete
their posts, I'm going to delete the account. Right?
...You didn't pay much attention to what you read. I have already said that I did not report your posts as spam, and in the same post where bigdelboy re-posted the link, he noted that he had.
Now, two days ago - Thursday - I was back in OTN for the first time since then, and found the post from
"bigdelboy" acknowledging that all my old posts were all deleted, so he very graciously re-posted the script
download URL, something I'm very grateful to him for.
Aha. I think I just figured it out.You might check through some of my historic posts before you make statements like that. I constantly talk about how good the Oracle Press series is, including your book, and recommend quite often that people use them to study. The series of certification study guides that I have written were specifically designed to complement the Oracle Press series rather than compete with them. If you look on Amazon at your book, you'll see that it notes yours and mine are frequently bought together. That was my intent from the beginning. I look at you as a partner, not a competitor.
I'm the author of the OCA Oracle Database SQL Expert Exam Guide: Exam 1Z0-047 from McGraw-Hill and Oracle Press.
And last year you self-published a book that competes with mine.
I get it now.