This is an important issue, and I’d like suggestions about how we can better handle this.
Via Twitter, Denzel Chia wrote:
I noticed that recently askers either do not reply to answers or does not vote for any experts, even after the question has expired. At least this is happening to almost all the questions I had recently answered. I cannot always vote for others, as I need the money too. Askers seem to think that all they need is to pay for question and get answer, they don’t realise we need their reply for further development, and we need their vote to get paid. I think they should either refund or vote. I cannot depend on community pot for a living. They are really using WP Questions as a public “forum” to ask a question and get lots of answers and leave without “resolving”.
I responded, and I asked him if it would help if I created a special page of just those questions that are waiting for someone to vote on them.
I think ideally a small “unvoted” tag on the question list will make it obvious, but as I said before, I think nobody sees the refund page or visits any other page link on the footer. Maybe a reminder to vote on the askers’ admin page header, visible after login can help too. As for encouraging other experts to vote, I don’t think there is any “effective” way, since money is involved, those who answered cannot vote for themselves and those who don’t “do not wish” to see other people get the money, they rather let it go to refund or community pot. At least this is what I think now. If I don’t get voted, I would rather let it go to community pot, since nobody cares to vote for me.
I used to ask Christianto to vote for me if he thinks my answer is correct, and he did voted fairly by dividing it among others. But I cannot keep asking him for help. So ultimately, it is better for neutral party to vote, it is better for you or your colleagues to vote for unvoted questions, rather than me canvasing for votes which may seem “unfair” to other experts.
What is the best way forward here? What I’d like is to make it as easy as possible for the experts to vote on each other’s answers. I’m wary of stepping in and voting myself, except in emergencies. I do not think it would be fair to the community
if I was the one who decided how most of the prizes got distributed. That would change the dynamics too much.
I am curious, too, why is it that experts are so eager to rate each other on StackOverflow, but not on WP Questions? What is it about our system of rewards that is lacking?
I’m also curious if would be worthwhile to send out a daily email to those voters who wanted to be notified of questions that are open for voting?