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GNU/Linux Help Squad

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libervisco's picture
Joined: 2006-05-04

One of the ideas I had is something I'd like to share with you to see if you think it might be something you'd be interested in.

The idea is to form a "GNU/Linux help squad", a team that is dedicated to helping people with solving certain problems, answering certain questions on forums etc. The catch is that instead of cooperating, the teammates would have to compete on who will answer most questions and succesfully help someone. Every given period of time (like a month) we can announce a winner - a guy who answered most questions.

This is of course friendly competition and I don't think it'd have anything against "cooperating" per se. It is just a way to make helping people fun. You as a helper get the credit, the newbie (or whoever) get's his answer and learns (and possibly becomes fit to join the squad him/herself). The squad membership can be flexible in that it doesn't have to have same members all the time. Every month you can decide wether you're in or out and we can have anywhere from 2 to 20 members competing.

If you think this is a good idea then we can draft some basic guidelines for the squad and announce it (to invite newbies to test your helping abilities).

I might join the squad myself as well. Smiling

So what do you say? Gonna take a challenge!? Eye


AndrewB's picture
Joined: 2005-12-18
I don't fully understand

I don't fully understand whay that is different from what we are doing now...

libervisco's picture
Joined: 2006-05-04
Well the difference is in

Well the difference is in the competition and the possible resulting incentive to help more people, especially if we get to have a special prize for winners. Eye

Another benefit is that we may get new users coming in and asking questions expecting to see more answers coming from this squad because it's current members compete on providing help.

tbuitenh's picture
Joined: 2005-12-21
Why not let everyone be part

Why not let everyone be part of the competition? If you simply publish a monthly list of "top 5 most helpful users" you'll get a competition, no need for a complicated scheme involving signing up.

libervisco's picture
Joined: 2006-05-04
Good idea tbuitenh! We would

Good idea tbuitenh!

We would however have to find a way to determine who was the most helpful member, count how many times have they succesfully helped someone etc.

One way for that, though it might be a bit complicated, is to nominate a few that seem to stand out and let the people vote and choose a winner for the given period.

Ideas welcome.

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