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Comment author: garaman 03 December 2011 06:01:00PM 4 points [-]

" we could write an algorithm that gives stuff and people get expert cred when they are upvoted by the established experts"

Sounds like StackOverflow (http://stackoverflow.com)

It is a domain-specific community (everything about software development), in the form of questions and answers. Reputation is earned by upvotes from other community members. Naturally, the established experts emerge as high-reputation members, being those with a long history of giving good answers.

Comment author: kpreid 06 December 2011 01:32:12AM 5 points [-]

Stack Overflow is just one (and the original) of a set of sites/communities on the same software, Stack Exchange. Each site has its own reputation scores for users, on the principle that someone who is knowledgeable (and sensible) on a given topic isn't necessarily so on another (though there is a +100 cross-signup bonus, presumably on the “OK, you're not an unknown fresh pseudonym” basis).

Avoiding populism problems: Stack Exchange specifically avoids “general interest” in favor of sites with specific topics, and moderation discourages “populist crap” of the “What are your favorite X” / “How do you feel about X” sort.

The format draws a sharp distinction between questions and answers and meta-discussion thereof (either in the form of “comments” or the full-scale meta-discussion site) in order to increase signal-to-noise.

(In case you haven't noticed, I think they're doing a lot of things right and right things, in terms of creating a valuable resource and community.)

(Should there be a top-level post about SO/SE? I don't know that I could write it.)

Comment author: jhuffman 06 December 2011 08:58:52PM 2 points [-]

StackExchange makes no distinction between up-votes from experts and up-votes from idiots. The way I read Risto's suggestion is that the people get cred only from up-votes from experts. This is why it has to be seeded with experts.

Comment author: Risto_Saarelma 04 December 2011 08:04:04AM 1 point [-]

Stack Overflow and other forums dedicated to a specific topic don't have quite the same populism problem as general interest forums do.

Comment author: homunq 09 December 2011 03:17:31PM 0 points [-]

What about Quora?