At the suggestion of Paul Wheaton, I'm posting a copy of the message that I sent him via MooseSaloon@javaranch.com: "I'm a beginner in programming, and a beginner of the beginners in Java. I'm taking a class on Java programming this summer. I stumbled on your site while doing some research on Java-related Web sites for class assignment. I'm so glad that I did. There are tons of sites out there. But I'm sure you'll agree with me on this one: yours are the coooooolest by far. No other sites that I have gone to are as creative, as interesting and as unintimidating as yours. As I went through the messages, I not only gained a great deal on Java programming, but also started to feel like I was getting to know some of the more involved people personally. I also loved reading through those non-programming chats. Ever since I found the site a couple of days ago, I have been revisiting it every day. Of course most of the Big Moose Saloon discussions are way beyond me. But I have been participating and browsing through the Java in General (beginner) section and thoroughly enjoying every minute of it. I told my professor about your site and he checked it out right afterwards and announced in class that he loved it and found it very useful. He even found something to supplement his teaching that day. I hope my classmates will start using your site as well. I fully agree that this is truly "a friendly place for Java greenhorns" (maybe the friendliest). Other than the Big Moose Saloon, I haven't had enough time to browse through and make use of other parts of the site. I can't wait for that to happen, because I believe your site as a whole will have a lot to offer me over time. Thank you so very much for creating and maintaining this great site. "
As I pointed out to Ling Wu via e-mail. The credit goes to all the contributers. Including the sherriffs, bartenders and ranch hands here in the forums that have donated so much of their time to helping others.