Re: [R] Rating R Helpers

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Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 14:53:59 -0600 (CST)

>From: "Doran, Harold" <>
>Date: 2007/11/30 Fri PM 02:12:36 CST
>To: R Help <>
>Subject: [R] Rating R Helpers

Of course, it's just MHO, but I think your suggestion is more work than neccesary because it becomes pretty obvious who the R-experts are once you've been on the list for more than 3 months.

Also, the rating system wouldn't work well because the quality of the rating would depend on the experience of the person who asked the question. A beginner might think a particular answer is good while a more experienced person might think it was bad.


>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
>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
>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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