Yes, but I am uncertain how to effectively run a content analysis on so many millions of answers effectively.
I have been reviewing the star system they have just implemented, and that seems to be more of a networking system, that may result in even more point gaming.
Someone else has had a similar idea to yours. I remember when one very good respondent received over 80,000 points in one week.
I think that may have been part of the original purpose behind the thumbs-up or down system, but it has fallen victim to point gaming.
Yahoo! does have featured users from time to time, but I have no idea where they get that from.
Yes, I do think that this system could be improved even more, to be a valuable learning tool and advertising platform. The advertising platform is necessary, because the system has to be paid for somehow.
I come and go from Y!A. Sometimes I am fed up with the personalities and the point gaming, and most times I simply review questions in voting. There are some excellent users here, but many of them come under attack for some petty reason.
I could easily recommend 20 users in various categories for great responders, because I vote on unresolved questions, and occasionally, one answer is so good, I either email the question to myself or watchlist it until I learn who gave such a great answer.
I may review their history to see other answers they have given. I then give their very good answers thumbs up, which gives them a point, which isn't much, unless you consider that someone with 2000 best answers could get 100,000 points if other people did the same. The points for thumbs up was limited a while back, because some were gaming the system, so now 50 points for thumbs up is the maximum bonus points users can give an answer.
I will never be a featured user, but it would be nice if there were some way to better recognize the users who did provide great information.
· 1 decade ago