Re: [R] Rating R Helpers

From: Max <mnevill_at_exitcheck.net>
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 13:32:15 -0800

Maybe I haven't been on the list long enough, but how bad is the R advice on this list? Is a rating system even necessary?

As Mark Leeds pointed out, there is the issue that what a beginner thinks is good advice isn't what an expert thinks in good advice. There is also the converse, expert advice is sometimes quite confusing to beginners, but perfectly sensible to other experts.

Doran, Harold brought next idea :
> 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?
>
> Harold
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