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This idea stems from other social networking tools I have had some experience with. My main idea is that of Experts. This would be something similar to "interests" on someone profile, except that it lists someone's proficiencies. A subtle difference. With this in place, users could then tag a "subject area" on their Answers or Instructables during submittal and all of the people who have that in their "expert" list would be notified. This could probably be worked into the official tagging system already in place using some sort of RSS type deal. This would help avoid having to wade through ALL of the Answers and I'bles to find one pertinent to your expertise. It's a thought in process. Your thoughts?

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Kiteman

10 years ago

I'm not sure it's such a good idea - where would it leave the generally-knowledgeable jack-of-all-trades? I hope I have given people a lot of help in a range of subject areas, but I wouldn't really classify myself as "expert" in any of them, so this system could actually penalise me, rather than boost others' trust of my responses.

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BeanGolemKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

It is true that some of the best ideas can come out of left field. I don't think that the Expertise function would ever eliminate the usefulness of Jack-of-all-trades. It is a tricky subject, though. Good thing we're all discussing!! :D I'm not gonna say it's a bad idea yet. Just needs some tweaking to be fully functional and robust.

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gmjhoweBeanGolem

Reply 10 years ago

Well, my view point is, that yourself(kiteman), would continue to look through topics and questions just like you are now. But, people like me whom have not the time (or would rather make leather books of time) may at least be notified of the questions that are relelvent to me.

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Kitemangmjhowe

Reply 10 years ago

Haha - change generalist to collector of unwanted trifles.

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kelseymhKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

You have an unwanted trifle? Can I have it? Please? Pretty please? They are so delicious, especially with a small madeira after dinner!

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KitemanBeanGolem

Reply 10 years ago

Maybe one of the specialisms could be "Generalist"?

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BeanGolemKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

Perfect. (what a busy day at work... I just saw someone walk by!!!!)

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gmjhowe

10 years ago

I think thats a great idea, especially with the abundance of questions, if i got my own personalised list, i would probably be able to focus more. Also, an extension could be, that once someone has the experts 'tags' set up. A user can search other users according to tags, then they might find someone with the expertise you need.

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BeanGolemgmjhowe

Reply 10 years ago

I was thinking about your second paragraph a bit. I don't think that people should seek out specific experts, but rather post their question, tag it with a subject area, and then let the experts all read it on their own. That way you involve all the experts instead of just contacting a single one on your own. You never know who's gonna have the answer. Also, I just thought of something! (man I love this). You should be able to add "strength" to someone's expertise based on their input and comments on a given Subject Area. That way you can sort of build clout on Instructables. When an Expert then comments/replies on an Answer or Instructable in their Subject Area, a little strength meter, or subject rank could pop up next to the date or their name or whatever. Hmm...

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gmjhoweBeanGolem

Reply 10 years ago

The seeking out bit wasn't in regards to the person, more their instructables, i guess one could also do with 'skill' tags for instructables. For example, many of my ibles use painting technique, that could be listed as the skill 'dry brushing'

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BeanGolemgmjhowe

Reply 10 years ago

Now I think we're moving back into the area of using plain-old diligent Tags. An Instructable on painting with dry brushing technique should already have Tags like "paint" "painting" "dry brushing" and so on. The tricky part is where do Tags end and where does additional functionality begin? (was that last sentence even a question?)

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kelseymhBeanGolem

Reply 10 years ago

Ummmm...I think better that if a self-described "Expert" gets a "Best Answer" flag (or a New-Feature equivalent for general comments, a la Zach's comment-ranking script), then their subject-area should be increased.

Just because someone says they're an expert, and creates a lot of comments on a subject, doesn't mean they actually know anything at all about it. Posting examples would violate the Be Nice policy, but it shouldn't take you long to find some.

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BeanGolemkelseymh

Reply 10 years ago

Exactly. I guess I wasn't quite clear enough. Expertise only gains strength when OTHER people give it to them. The self-described part only comes into play when you are making your profile. Other than that, you have to earn it.

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kelseymhBeanGolem

Reply 10 years ago

I was responding to your followup, above. You wrote, "When an Expert then comments/replies," which means (if taken literally) that the "expert" could "bump up" their own rating by simply generating lots and lots of comments. My modification would avoid that by using the I'bles "flagging" system (or Zach's script).

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BeanGolemkelseymh

Reply 10 years ago

Aaah... but you don't finish the quote. I said that when the expert comments/replies, there would be something that pops up. I was unlcear about the fact that it pops and merely displays information regarding the person's current expertise level on the subject.