Things that people say about us

I learn a lot about WP Questions by reading what others are saying about the site. This week I’ve started working with a new designer, who will be helping to clean up some of the rough edges. To help bring her up to speed, I gathered together many of the articles that have been written that reference us, and I also thought I might post them here.

WordPress for Blogs, CMSs, and So Much More. This article says nice things about us, but it seems to be under the misimpression that the site was built with WordPress.

What never fails in the WordPress community is someone saying, “I think I can do X with WordPress,” where X is a completely untraditional approach to what is said to be just blogging software. Two excellent examples of such alternative sites just happen to be WordPress community resource sites. The first, Theme Finder, is an aesthetic wonder for visually browsing for WordPress themes by screenshots filtered by

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color, cost, and layout. In what is still a text-heavy Web, Theme Finder unleashes the potential of creating an entirely visual content experience with faceted searching leading the user to exactly what she wants. In a much different vein, WP Questions taps into the WordPress hive mind with a question-and-answer site. The premise: Ask a question with a monetary award and pay whoever answers your questions most thoroughly and effectively. If more than one individual adds to the overall answer, you can split the reward money across responders. All financial transactions are handled quickly and efficiently through PayPal. It’s simple to see that these are dramatically disparate representations of what WordPress can do beyond blogging. They take distinct approaches in how they define their content, not to mention how they engage their users in the consumption and creation of the content.

Also, this is interesting: For those who just need a little coding help, but do not want to go all out and pay

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a lot of money to a freelancing site, this works great.

I actually asked a question recently and within minutes I had a response. I even had been personally helped by Oleg Butuzov (@butuzov) to work out a code I have been wanting to work with involving adding Adsense. All of the available tutorials had not been working correctly, so I turned to WPQuestions. Thanks Oleg for your help!

Mostly me: Interviews Lawrence Krubner – Founder of WP Questions. This is just me talking about the site. The questions were good.

Stuart Duff wrote about us when we first launched, and we initially set a $20 minimum on all questions:

One of the things I noticed is currently the minimum price you need to set when asking for help is $20 (£12 UK) which seems a little on the high side to me. I know $20 isn’t necessarily a huge sum of money but it may be high enough to deter many from using this service, after all your only asking a question which could be available with a search on Google for free, right?. Alternatively you could ask for free help on any wordpress related support forum and probably receive the correct answer or be pointed in the right direction if you don’t mind waiting a few hours. On the flip side of this you do need to make the service worthwhile for people to participate and answer the questions in the first instance, a kind of catch 22 balancing act I suppose.

Steve Lambert started recommending us as tech support for some of the code he’d written. I’d like to enter into more formal relationships with any developer who wants to recommend us as their tech support forum.

One of my all-time favorite articles about us was written very early in the history of the site: A humbling experience.

Compared to those two codes, mine was much longer: it involves regular expressions, string replacement, and so on. While it did work, I concluded that I was just thinking too far. The first solution didn’t worry about editing core files, while it’s something completely out-of-question for me. The second solution simply do away with creating its own list, while I insisted on making use of wp_list_bookmarks‘ output, forcing me to go the regex route.

Aside from that, I also struggled with a couple of curious cases: first was that wp_list_bookmarks will sometimes wrap an anchor text in an tag for God knows what reason. Quite a lot of time was spent looking around for why it happened, while it’s not directly related to the problem. The second was the revelation that WordPress does not record the time when a Link is inserted, only if it’s updated. There’s actually a plugin that fixed that problem.

To put it short: I had too many rules in mind while looking for a solution.

I don’t think that is the wrong way per se, but I learned that sometimes, especially if it’s a time-critical problem, finding a faster solution can be more desirable.

So thanks WPQuestions. I’ve always thought that the site could be a good place for learning and dealing with actual WordPress use cases, and today’s experience proved that once more. If you do WordPress development, I’d really recommend going through the archives and see the various awesome ways people came up for a curious problem.

I also like Fiverr vs. WPQuestion

I recently decided to try out Fiverr, a site where you can put up a service and charge $5. Basically it’s a niche $5 trade off site where someone can do a small skillful task and someone else is willing to lay down $5 for it; server provider takes $4 and fiverr take a $1 cut. Psychologically speaking and marketing wise; $5 is pretty much the holy grail of prices among products in that price range.

While it works great for a lot of things, it was an Epic fail for WordPress support questions. I specifically worded my gig to not accept advanced questions or questions that would require me to fix a plugin or do something that took more than an hour. Frankly, I was not even up for dealing for a 30 minute problem because… well $5 is not even worth it and I would prefer to give it out for free or not at all.

Also, Great Ways to Get Your Questions Answered Online:

When you’re trying to tweak your site, and manage to entirely break your code, it’s easy to get desperate as you’re trying to find the answer you need. WP Questions is an interesting twist on the standard Q&A site. You can post your emergency questions about WordPress, include the code you’re having trouble with, then include a cash payment for the expert who answers your question. You can then vote up the answers that are most helpful, or browse answers that others received. It’s an interesting twist, and might be a great way to motivate the most experienced people to help others without wasting their time.

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