[R] Rating R Helpers

From: Doran, Harold <HDoran_at_air.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 15:12:36 -0500

Since R is open source and help may come from varied levels of experience on R-Help, I wonder if it might be helpful to construct a method that can be used to "rate" those who provide help on this list.

This is something that is done on other comp lists, like http://www.experts-exchange.com/.

I think some of the reasons for this are pretty transparent, but I suppose one reason is that one could decide to implement the advise of those with "superior" or "expert" levels. In other words, you can trust the advice of someone who is more experienced more than someone who is not. Currently, there is no way to discern who on this list is really an R expert and who is not. Of course, there is R core, but most people don't actually know who these people are (at least I surmise that to be true).

If this is potentially useful, maybe one way to begin the development of such ratings is to allow the original poster to "rate" the level of help from those who responded. Maybe something like a very simple questionnaire on a likert-like scale that the original poster would respond to upon receiving help which would lead to the accumulation of points for the responders. Higher points would result in higher levels of expertise (e.g., novice, ..., wizaRd).

Just a random thought. What do others think?


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