So I was thinking that as I have been a member a few years now I can pick out the people whose advice I really trust on certain areas/products/issues etc. eg I know who to listen to if I have a linux problem, or SCCM or networking etc
Obviously when I was a new member I obviously didn't have that advantage.
Therefore I propose that members of the community who have a proved track record of providing knowledge about an area are given an 'expert' rank ie 'Linux Expert' etc. Then if that person provides info then a viewer knows that comment has a lot of weight behind it.
This is different to rep as its more specific.
Perhaps people could be nominated for the rank or chosen by admins but I wouldn't expect it to be handed out lightly.
I think it's a good idea. Although I'm a fan of the term specialist over expert to describe the sort of people you mentioned.
Sounds like we'll end up mimicing experts exchange if we went down that route. I've never been keen on ranking members of forums, it starts to devide communities if you're not careful. Rep is different as everyone has an equal chance of earning that, but branding someone as an expert - how would it be judged? How would the community make sure that experts advice is infact good? What happens if someone chosen as an 'expert' offers advice that turns out to be wrong - where does edugeek stand if they appointed them as an expert? Hmm, can of worms me thinks . . . .
How would other feel if they where not made an expert when infact they are pretty good in that area?
@webman; Point taken. Expert is probably the wrong word. Specialist is indeed better. Perhaps there is something even more appropriate.
@maniac; I am not trying to push elitism but I do see your point. Rep is different but lets be honest, rep can be earned for posting pics of a dog wearing sunglasses or something. This is something specific intended to aid the community.
jedmondson (30th June 2010)
Interesting idea, my only thought is how would this be judged?
How would it be ranked though? I'd like to have a pop for a few of the coding 'specialist' badges should they come about. Do I not get one if someone is better than me? Or do I have to take an EduExam to attain the mark against my name?
Maybe there could be an extension to the existing rep system that ties rep to one of the forums, so you could see for example that a certain person's had 50 points in the windows forum, and 120 points in the linux forum etc. and make your own mind up about the strength of their advice based on that?
I tend to judge the expertise of any posts I find on EduGeek by whether they work or not, what if a new member were an absolute wizz at PHP but hadn't earned the badges? The existing system works fine IMHO.
Also, would it not mean that those people who were knowledgeable in lots of areas would end up with a profile full of badges? Look at Geoff for example...
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