Thanks for the kind words. We are very proud to be the first recipient of the new SSPA award for Best Online Community. That said, this award should really be given to the members who make up NetPro. It's all of you who make NetPro the best online community on the Internet.
Well, I dunno Dan, maybe it's a "chicken or egg" kinda issue, but IMO, you can't draw the "talent" if you don't have an environment in which the people enjoy participating.
I also believe that most of the top responders have, in the past, expressed that they get (or, at least got) as much as they give ... citing a variety of positives ... like best practices, alternative points-of-view, new product exposure, and so on.
So, while the people make the board, it's the quality of the management and the quality of the structure that keeps the people coming back.
Kudos to you Dan, and the rest of the Cisco NetPro crew for a Job Well Done (we all knew it, but it's nice to have it made "official").
I second what Scott has said. You and the NetPro team are a large part of what makes it work so well. Without the effort that you guys put in i doubt so many of us would still be using and contributing on a regular basis.