Having recently managed to break this blog website I have - despite countless hours of playing, tweaking, backing up, restoring and shouting at the screen - finally managed to get things working.
The main reason to point this out is that the resolution came via the open kindness of a friend in the Joomla community whom, when cheekily asked by me if he would take a look, happily obliged. The main reason I know he helped is that like me, he is aware that the uptake and success of an open source project is greatly enhanced when a sizable and actively helpful community exists around it.
Without hesitation, my friend Steven Zeegers freely gave his time to this unimportant and ill updated site purely because one day, someone else will help him in one of his (probably more technical) dilemmas.
All in all, this has re-lit my faith in the Joomla community and the notion of the community doing kind things for each other in the hopes that the one guy who was helped randomly at some point might one day do the same, or possibly even enjoy it so much that they actively start developing add-ons or even contribute to the core development of the project and make a difference to its evolution.
Happy Holidays my fellow Joomla aficionados.