Denzel Chia writes to suggest we show the top experts of the last 30 days, along with the top experts of all time, and he adds:
I think this suggestion will benefit WP Questions, as more experts can get recognized for their efforts. And it is “fair play” for top experts of the current month, even new comers gets a
chance to top the column! This will certainly spur more competition and benefit WP Questions, and could reducing the amount of questions not answered or not solved.
Absolutely. We’ve been planning this awhile, as part of our move towards voting. We no longer think askers should have sole authority to assign money, rather, all money should be assigned by a vote. To gain the right to vote, people will need to contribute something to the community, either money or their time (in the form of answers). There will be 4 categories of voters:
1.) experts who earned 1% of all the money that’s gone through the site so far (these are the people currently listed as The True Elite)
2.) experts who earn at least 2% of the money that’s gone through the site in the last 30 days
3.) community supporters
4.) all askers
Of #3, these are basically advertisers who put money into the “community pot”.
Of #4, this has the strange implication that askers will be able to vote on each other’s questions. But we want to encourage more of a community feeling to the
site, so we think this is good.
The “community pot” is then automatically divided up each month among the experts, based on how much the expert earned that month. So if there is $500 in the community pot and one expert earned 5% of all the prize money for questions that month, then that expert would get an extra bonus of $25 (that’s 5% of $500). The goal of this “community pot” is to get more money to the experts who answer questions, basically by funneling advertising money to them.
You will see all these
changes on the site over the next 2 weeks.
Am I saying that everyone has to vote on every question? No. Actually, the voting will only be open for 24 hours. I think the new system will be much faster than the old system. After all, with the old system, askers sometimes took weeks to pick a winner, and sometimes the askers never pick winners and then I have to log in and pick the winner. We used to give askers a 3 week grace period, but now every question will be resolved in 24 hours, so everything will move much faster. In fact, speeding up the process is my main motivation for the new system.
Although a large number of people will have a right to vote, I assume most of them won’t. I’m assuming that most questions will only have 1 or 2 or 3 voters. They vote, and the money gets distributed.
For fairness, an expert won’t be allowed to vote on a question if they posted an answer for that question. So the experts will mostly have to vote on each other’s work. I’m hoping this builds friendship and community.
The money in the “community pot” (mostly advertising money) will only be distributed once a month, but that is new money that never existed in the system before, an added bonus on top of everything else, so one couldn’t argue that it represents a slow down of the system.