Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.
How do you go about finding a person to follow that is of real value to you--when "real value" may be something entirely tangential? perhaps several "degrees" away from you? What's your strategy for separating wheat from chaff? for finding needles in a haystack? for finding a "real friend"?