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Eric 02-25-2010 14:59

Welcome To The Go Ask The Expert System
 
I doubt if many people would deny that the Internet is the single biggest source of information in history. If it has an Achilles heel, it is that it contains good AND bad information and it can sometimes be difficult to differentiate between the two. There are a lot of experts in given areas on sites like this, but there are also plenty of people who think they are experts. How does someone decide which is which?

This is a problem I have kicked around for many years and the best solution I can think of is to create a series of forums that will be chaired by acknowledged experts in their given fields. In these forums, anyone can start a thread asking a question. The thread will not go live until the expert/moderator for that forum answers the question. At that point, the OP and the moderator for that forum will be the only people that can respond to the thread, but everyone will be able to read it.

Why format the place this way?
  • Threads will only go live after they are addressed by the moderator/expert for that area for a couple of reasons: One, we don't want these forums clogged with the same questions asked over and over. We will ask that before someone posts a question, they first search to see if it has already been answered. Two, the people chairing these forums will not have an unlimited amount of time to spend here, so we want them to address the most interesting questions, without being overwhelmed by all the rest. Every question that anyone sees in each of these forums will be one that has already been answered.
  • Why only allow the moderator/expert to answer the question? Well, that is the point of this system, isn't it? Obviously, there will be plenty of people on the site who could answer the question equally as well as our expert, but these forums will be a place where EVERY question gets answered by an expert in the given area. The answers given may not be the only available answer, or there may be more info available on the subject, or perhaps someone else on the site has what they think is a better take on the subject, but the answers people get in this area will be good, solid answers consistently.
  • Why can only the mod and the OP reply to a thread in the GATE forums? The purpose of these forums really isn't to hold discussions on the subjects discussed here. It is to have questions asked and answered, in a structured environment. The OP can reply to the thread to post follow-up questions and comments and the mod can reply to those comments.
  • If you start a thread and it does not get answered, please don't take it personally. It may be an issue that has previously been addressed, or the mod for that forum simply might not have time to get to it. They are going to have their hands full. Threads that don't get answered in a reasonable amount of time will be automatically deleted, to make room for new business.
In the coming days and weeks, we will be adding forums on various subjects. We won't set up a forum until we have someone chosen to chair each of these forums. Initially, there will only be one expert in each area, but as the system takes off and gets busier, we hope to be able to add more experts in the busy forums, to decrease the workload on the mods and decrease response times.

If you are an expert in a given field that might be of interest to readers here and would like to submit your name to chair a forum on that subject, please PM me with some info on yourself and the subject in question. Please do not submit this information here in a thread. PM it to me. The subject does not have to be about guns, or the shooting sports. It could be about just about anything. We would like to have a wide variety of GATE forums on everything from computers, to the Internet, or literature, music, medical, legal, home improvement, you name it. People here are firearms enthusiasts, but they are people, with all the interests anyone else would have.

I have a half a dozen or so GATE forums to kick off with and I will be putting them up shortly. There might not be a lot of traffic at first, but I ask you all to check back regularly and watch the system grow. This is a new system and a new idea and the TOS and SOP here will be in flux for some time. If you have any feedback or suggestions for the format and operation of this area, please share them with me. Please feel free to share your comments here, but if you have any substantive suggestions to make, I would appreciate it if you PM'ed me with them. Thanks. Eric

packin23 02-25-2010 15:11

Sounds like a great idea! It'll make it so the question threads don't get so diluted with so many varying opinions.

legion3 02-25-2010 15:16

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many varying opinions
Which is why many ask questions in the first place, to get multiple points of view. You would not ask just one expert (or salesman) on which car to buy, or which appliance to buy or which gun to buy or how to fix something would you. Well good luck with it, we shall see.

Eric 02-25-2010 15:25

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Originally Posted by legion3 (Post 14830165)
Which is why many ask questions in the first place, to get multiple points of view. You would not ask just one expert (or salesman) on which car to buy, or which appliance to buy or which gun to buy or how to fix something would you. Well good luck with it, we shall see.


Look, the experts in here will not be shilling their own products and if someone wants to get those varying opinions, they can still post their questions in the other forums. This place where a person can get a good answer for a specific question, but it does not have to be the only place they seek out information. It will however be a good place to start. Eric

9mmXRAY 02-25-2010 18:14

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Originally Posted by Eric (Post 14830212)
Look, the experts in here will not be shilling their own products and if someone wants to get those varying opinions, they can still post their questions in the other forums. This place where a person can get a good answer for a specific question, but it does not have to be the only place they seek out information. It will however be a good place to start. Eric


Great ideas you guys are having... sorry I posted in the other forum first, this one wasnt letting me post at the time.

Huge technology nerd here to help:wavey:

Chainlink 02-25-2010 20:02

I have had a specific question I have wanted answered for a good bit of time now but wanted to avoid the armchair elite ,specifically the class3 realm. When will these or are they now open to posting? Is there a protocol on how you want this to work IE: take a number?

Ranger357 02-25-2010 20:58

Best idea in a long time IMHO.

Might eventually attract back a few of the "celebs" of the gun world that have stopped by here for short or even long term stints.

Eric 02-25-2010 21:29

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Originally Posted by Chainlink (Post 14832127)
I have had a specific question I have wanted answered for a good bit of time now but wanted to avoid the armchair elite ,specifically the class3 realm. When will these or are they now open to posting? Is there a protocol on how you want this to work IE: take a number?

Hi. The forums are open for posting now. Just click into the proper GATE forum and post a thread. It won't be visible until/if the expert for that forum addresses it, but there isn't any special formating or procedure to follow. Once it gets answered, it will be viewable to everyone. Eric

Chainlink 02-25-2010 21:45

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Originally Posted by Eric (Post 14832832)
Hi. The forums are open for posting now. Just click into the proper GATE forum and post a thread. It won't be visible until/if the expert for that forum addresses it, but there isn't any special formating or procedure to follow. Once it gets answered, it will be viewable to everyone. Eric

Thanks

Bowtie 02-25-2010 23:20

I think its a great Idea. It will keep the personal opinions from destroying threads such as Modified guns so the OP can actually get an answer.

RWBlue 02-25-2010 23:45

Can we get another forum?
Self Defense Shooting (I am thinking the mental aspect after the shoot, and legal issues.)

Additionally, I could easily see more than one expert for this forum. Are you setting it up so multiple experts could reply to a single thread?

And yes I do have a question in mind.

G33 02-26-2010 03:25

Good idea, Eric.
:supergrin:

DARKSHADOW 02-26-2010 07:39

Awsome. :thumbsup: A place to get answers without being told to buy 20 different things to replace what you just want to fix. I like it.
And if we feel like a chit-chat, we can still ask on the main board.

Thx-1138 02-26-2010 11:05

GREAT IDEA!

That's all I have to say about that.

itisbruno 02-26-2010 20:43

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Originally Posted by G33 (Post 14833924)
Good idea, Eric.
:supergrin:

I find it hard to believe, but I agree with the woman.

What is wrong with me??

AnimalK 02-26-2010 22:18

It's a great idea! Certainly will cut down the "signal to noise ratio".

GreyEclipse 02-28-2010 01:48

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Originally Posted by Eric (Post 14832832)
Hi. The forums are open for posting now. Just click into the proper GATE forum and post a thread. It won't be visible until/if the expert for that forum addresses it, but there isn't any special formating or procedure to follow. Once it gets answered, it will be viewable to everyone. Eric

Doesn't seem to be working. =(

INJoker 02-28-2010 14:05

I can't wait to pose questions on the following topics:

9mm versus .45 ACP
Why .40 S&W KBs
How 10mm might end the world
Glock versus 1911
Shotgun, Rifle, or Pistol for home defense
Isosceles versus Weaver
Clips and Magazines
Why expensive guns come in cheap boxes
Concealing/carrying in restricted areas without being caught
Whether or not a "no weapons" sign was properly displayed
Getting out of speeding tickets
How to get a restraining order and/or stalking charges dropped
How to make my Glock fully automatic
When it is acceptable to brandish or threaten with a firearm

:rofl: :supergrin: :wavey:

zoyter2 02-28-2010 18:41

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Originally Posted by RWBlue (Post 14833505)
Can we get another forum?
Self Defense Shooting (I am thinking the mental aspect after the shoot, and legal issues.)

Additionally, I could easily see more than one expert for this forum. Are you setting it up so multiple experts could reply to a single thread?

And yes I do have a question in mind.

Massad Ayoob would be one hell of an asset in this format! I highly HIGHLY second the notion!!!!

Rinspeed 03-01-2010 13:11

Great idea Eric. :thumbsup:


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