[R] Rating R Helpers

seanpor seanpor at acm.org
Wed Dec 5 09:56:07 CET 2007

Good morning,

I read (and occasionally post to) R-Help through nabble.com
(http://www.nabble.com/R-f13819.html) and there is a rating system there by
post rather than by author.

Message boards (e.g. www.boards.ie amongst many others) note on each message
how many posts that a person has made since they joined the board.

Best Regards,

Doran, Harold wrote:
> 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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